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Seductive treasures that have
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Piedmont is located in the North West corner of Italy at the foot of the Alps. The principle grape here, Nebbiolo, produces the famous ‘king of wines’ Barolo. Piedmont is also known for its fresh Gavi di Gavi.
Tuscany’s hilly landscape and coastline to the west provides different microclimates that lend themselves to the creation of some of the finest red wines in the world such as Chianti.
The Italian isle of Sicily produces some of the finest wines in Italy. The sugar content of Sicilian grapes make Sicily a perfect location for dessert wines and apéritifs – Marsala being the best example.
Trentino boasts a fantastic diversity of wines. The region’s rich cultural heritage of Italian, German and Austrian influences is reflected in the wines – from classy Pinot Grigio to elegant Riesling.
Best known for producing sparkling wines, the region of Lombardy can be found in Northern Italy and consists of 13 wine producing areas. It also produces excellent red, white and rosé wines.
Emilia-Romagna are two distinct regions with the capital Bologna positioned in between. The famous wine to come out of Emilia is the sparkling wine Lambrusco, while Romagna is known for its exceptional reds.
Commonly regarded as a hidden gem and sometimes described as ‘the New Tuscany’, the Marche wine region sits on the east coast of Italy and produces excellent white and red wines.
Abruzzo, an Italian wine region located on the central east coast of the country, grows two key grape varieties – the red grape Montepulciano and the white grape Trebbiano.
Umbria sits in the centre of Italy with Tuscany to its west, Marche to the east and Lazio to the south. The light, crisp Orvieto is perhaps the most well-known Umbrian wine, boasting delicate notes of peach.
Lazio, home to the Italian capital city of Rome, has an ancient history in winemaking. It’s primarily known for its light and crisp white wines made from Trebbiano and Malvasia grapes.
Puglia is located in the south east of Italy, and constitutes the ‘heel’ of the country. The region is famed for its soft, fruity, full-bodied red wines from a variety of indigenous grape varieties.
Campania, located in the south of Italy, is one of the country’s oldest wine regions. Red wines from here tend to be fruit-forward and distinctive, and white wines are usually aromatic with bright acidity.
Italy is home to many icons such as Barolo and Chianti but it also offers a wealth of hidden gems that rarely make it to Britain. So I'm delighted to present you with both superior classics and the stars of tomorrow.
You can choose from time-honoured, crisp Soave and smooth Montepulciano to exciting lesser-known styles such as honey blossom and citrus-rich Greco di Tufo from Campania or the black cherry scented Nero di Troia from Puglia. And today you can also enjoy fantastic savings.
Waitrose Italy Wine Buyer
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.