Italy is home for some of the oldest wine -producing regions in the world. The Country is also known for their rich variety of wine styles.
Etruscans and Greek settlers produced wine in Italy before the Romans planted their own vineyards in the 2nd century B.C. The Romans greatly increased Italy’s area under vine using efficient viticular and winemaking methods and pioneered large-scale production and storage techniques such as barrel-making and bottling.
Today Italy presents about one-third of global production making them the largest wine producer in the world.
The most important wine regions are Puglia, Piemonte, Toscana, Veneto, Umbria, Abruzzo, Lombardie, Friuli, Sardegna, Sicily, Calabria.
The most important grapes are Pinot Grigio, Trebbiano, Frascati, Verdicchio, Barbera, Valpolicella, Dolcetto, Montepulciano, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.