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With its patchwork of vineyards and rich winemaking
heritage, Italy is one of the most fascinating wine
producing countries in the world

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A vineyard in Italy

Italy's popular regions

Piedmont vineyard

From easy drinking, to the ‘king of wines’

Piedmont is located in the north west corner of Italy at the foot of the Alps. It experiences harsher winters and hotter summers than its coastal neighbours, and the fog or ‘nebbia’ that swirls amongst the hills has given its name to Piedmont’s principal grape, Nebbiolo. Nebbiolo is the sole component of many Italian reds, including the famous ‘king of wines’ Barolo. Piedmont is also known for its light and fresh Gavi di Gavi.

Tuscany vineyard

Some of the finest red wines in the world

Tuscany’s hilly landscape and coastline on the west provide different microclimates that lend themselves to the creation of some of the finest red wines in the world. Sangiovese is Tuscany’s principal grape and the vast majority of the region’s famous wines such as Chianti and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano embody the finest traits of this red variety. In terms of white wine, Vermentino is highly-regarded in the region.

Sicily vineyard

The perfect location for dessert wines

The Italian isle of Sicily produces some of the finest wines in Italy thanks to fertile soils and an excellent selection of indigenous grape varieties. Most Sicilian wine is created from local grape varieties such as the red Nero d’Avola. The sugar content of Sicilian grapes and drying quality of the sun also make Sicily a perfect location for dessert wines and apéritifs – Marsala being the best example.

About Italy

Video: Italy regional wine guide

Italy is, without doubt, the most diverse and exciting wine producing country in the world. Each and every region has its own specific wines and identity, offering something to please every palate. It’s the source of iconic wines such as Barolo and Chianti, but also has many other hidden gems.

The appeal of Italian wine is steadily broadening from the traditional styles to the less well-known wines such as the citrus and honey-scented Greco di Tufo from Campania and the black cherry flavours of Nero di Troia from Puglia.

The climate in Italy varies wildly from north to south, creating the cooler elegance of Gavi and Barolo in Piedmont, classic Chianti from warm Tuscany and the juicy, ripe Nero D’Avola from sun-drenched Sicily.

Italy's wider regions

Trentino-Alto Adige

Situated in the north east of the country, bordering Veneto and Lombardy, and with Alto Adige to its north, Trentino boasts stunning views and a fantastic diversity of wines. The region’s rich cultural heritage of Italian, German and Austrian influences is reflected in the wines – from classy Italian Pinot Grigio to the elegant German style varieties of Riesling and Gewürztraminer. International grapes grow well here too; Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc display a freshness and elegance, while the notoriously tricky Pinot Noir also does well.

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Best known for producing sparkling wines, the region of Lombardy can be found in northern Italy and consists of 13 wine producing areas. As well as sparkling, it also produces excellent red, white and rosé wines.

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As the name suggests, Emilia-Romagna are two distinct regions with the region's main city of Bologna positioned in between. The most famous wine to come out of Emilia is the sparkling wine Lambrusco, while Romagna is well known for producing exceptional reds from Sangiovese grapes.

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Commonly regarded as a hidden gem and sometimes described as ‘the New Tuscany’, Marche sits on the east coast of Italy above Abruzzo and below Emilia-Romagna. Despite not being one of Italy’s best-known or largest winemaking regions, it nevertheless produces excellent white and red wines. The white grapes Verdicchio and Trebbiano, and the red grapes Montepulciano and Sangiovese are responsible for Marche’s most notable wines; all of these varieties are indigenous to Italy.

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Abruzzo, an Italian wine region located on the central east coast of the country, has a viticultural history thought to span back to the 6th century. Abruzzo’s climate differs slightly between the north, east and south but overall this rugged, mountainous region has ideal conditions and terroirs for wine grapes to flourish. The red grape Montepulciano and the white grape Trebbiano are Abruzzo’s star varieties.

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Wine lovers and gourmets alike are drawn to the Italian wine region of Umbria for its superlative wines and mouth-watering local cuisine, but can’t help but be bewitched by its ancient medieval villages and lush rolling hills. Umbria sits right in the centre of Italy with Tuscany to its west, Marche to the east and Lazio to the south. The crisp Orvieto is perhaps the most well-known Umbrian wine, boasting notes of peach and a delicate lightness of touch. In terms of red wines, most of Umbria's are derived from Sangiovese and Sagrantino.

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Lazio, home to the Italian capital city of Rome, has an ancient history in winemaking. Locked in by Tuscany, Abruzzo, Campania and Umbria, its volcanic and potassium-rich soils are of huge benefit to the cultivation of white grapes, particularly Trebbiano and Malvasia. White wines from Lazio are light and crisp with high acidity. Although Lazio’s reputation isn’t necessarily for red wines, there are some in this region from grapes such as Sangiovese, Cesanese, Montepulciano, Merlot and Ciliegiolo.

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Puglia is located in the south east of Italy, and constitutes the ‘heel’ of the country. Sun scorched and carpeted with vineyards and olive groves, the region is famed for soft, fruity red wines from a variety of indigenous grape varieties, such as Negroamaro and Primitivo (which is now grown widely in the USA as Zinfandel). These are the most commonly grown reds and make concentrated, full-bodied wines that reflect the heat of the region wonderfully.

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Campania, located in the south of Italy along the west coast, is one of the country’s oldest wine regions. Hot, dry summers, mild winters, abundant sunshine and fertile volcanic soil create fantastic conditions for viticulture. Campania is known for cultivating many grape varieties, of these the red Aglianico and white Falanghina are the most successful. Red wines from this region tend to be fruit-forward and distinctive, and white wines are usually aromatic with bright acidity.

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