Famous for its rich diversity of both grape varieties and wine styles, Italy is also significant for the sheer volume of wine it produces. There are lots of Italian wine regions from the Alpine peaks of the Alto-Adige to Puglia and islands of Sicily and Sardinia. Basically, all of the regions in Italy produce wine to some extent. Here are some of the most amous wine regions in Italy.
Located in Central Italy, the region is famous for its Chianti and Sangiovese wines as well as its Montepulicano and Brunello varietals. A beautiful medieval city of Siena is known as the gateway to Tuscan wine country and provides a good base to explore several vineyards. Tuscany’s largest vineyards include Castello Banfi, Casa Vinicola L. Cecchi and Biondi-Santi.
Location: Central Italy
Sights: Piazzale Michelangelo, Piazza della Signoria, Piazza del Duomo
Hotels: Hotel San Gallo Palace, Portrait Firenze, Grand Amore Hotel and Spa
The most highly regarded wine in the region is Lambrusco, a light red that is often characterized as flavorful and zesty. The Cantine Romagnoli vineyard in Modena is a good place to start exploring the area’s best wines.
Sights: Basilica – Santuario di Santo Stefano, Piazza Maggiore, Torri degli Asinelli e Garisenda
Hotels: Grand Hotel Majestic Gia Baglioni, Aemilia Hotel, Hotel Corona d’Oro 1890
Located on the Adriatic Sea, the area is characterized by humid flatlands and is one oа the most important wine-growing areas in Italy. Valpolicella, Bardalino and Soave come from Vento, and the Amarone della Valpolicella,grown near the hills of Verona, ranks among the best red wines in the world. The vineyards near the small town of Valdobbiadene are prized for making sparkling prosecco (Italy’s equivalent to Champagne). The most famous vineyards here include Azienda Vinicola Fratelli Fabiano and Fratelli Bolla.
Sights: Grand Canal, Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Square
Hotels: Hotel Saturnia & International, CimaRosa, Hotel Moresco
Lying at the base of the Alps, the area has a cool continental climate with a hot growing season and often very foggy conditions. Piedmont produces more wine than any other Italian region and makes the highest percentage of quality wines in the country. The region is home to some of the most robust. Long-lived wines in the world. In particular, the wines of Barolo and Barbaresco are two of Italy’s best.
Sights: Egyptian Museum of Turin, Juventus Stadium, Museo Nazionale del Cinema
Hotels: Turin Palace Hotel, NH Collection Torino Piazza Carlina, Grand Hotel Sitea