We could divide Italy into three major wine-regions by territory – North Italy, from the Adriatic Sea to Mont Blanc, Middle Italy, the Renaissance heart of the country, and South Italy, the oldest wine region.
In North Italy, at the feet of the Alps the most important wine grape would be the Nebbiolo, in Piedmont is the Barbera. South Tyrol and the Province of Trento produces good quality Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir.The Western part of North Italy has four major wine regions, Valle d’ Aosta, Lombardy, Piedmont and Liguria. These regions produce approximately 20 % of the country’s wine. A prominent region would be Piedmont, producing perhaps one of the most important Italian wines, the Barolo, made out of Nebbiolo grapes. These regional wines are usually aged for 10-15 years in wine cellars. Although the majority of Italian wines are red, we do find some savory whites in the region of Soave, like the Recioto Di Soave.
Middle-Italy, the heart of the country was once the home of the Etruscan civilization.Tuscany is the home of the Chianti, Brunello Di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and also the Supertuscan. Plenty of sunshine and auspicious temperatures make these regions excellent for the grapes. Most of these wines ( like the Chianti ) are made out of Sangiovese grapes. Leaving Tuscany behind, closer to the shore we can find the Morenillo Di Scansano a wine that has an impressive past.
In South Italy, the ancient Greek already made wine. They called their colony “Oenotria” which means “The land of Wine”.The production of wine in this region is centered around red wines and they are significant rivals for the wines from Southern France.The most popular quality wines from this region would be Castel del Monte, Salice Salentino, Copertino and Primitivo di Manduria. Sicily’s world famous table wine is the Marsala.
It is a good idea to venture around the winaries and carry home some vintage editions for friends and family. It is suggested that you hire a car to tour around as it gives you the freedom of exploring the place to the core. Car Rental Italy provides cars on hire to go around exploring the picturesque place of Italy and offers special economical packages especially for the tourists, who are visiting the place all through the year.