Wine regions in Italy

Wine regions in Italy

Italy has such a rich winemaking history. The Romans were largely responsible for advancing vinicultural and vinification practices, as their Legions took vines wherever they went and planted vineyards throughout their empire.

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.

Tuscany

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.

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Location: Central Italy

Sights: Piazzale Michelangelo, Piazza della Signoria, Piazza del Duomo

Hotels: Hotel San Gallo Palace, Portrait Firenze, Grand Amore Hotel and Spa

Emilia-Romagna

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.

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Location: Italy

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

Wine regions in Italy

Veneto

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.

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Location: Italy

Sights: Grand Canal, Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Square

Hotels: Hotel Saturnia & International, CimaRosa, Hotel Moresco

Piedmont

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.

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Location: Italy

Sights: Egyptian Museum of Turin, Juventus Stadium, Museo Nazionale del Cinema

Hotels: Turin Palace Hotel, NH Collection Torino Piazza Carlina, Grand Hotel Sitea

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