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Italian Wines

Italian Grapevine Vinyard

Italian Grapevine Vinyard

The Italian lifestyle is completed by the famed Italian wines. Some of the most apreciated wines in the world come from Italy and Italian enologists are much sought after from foreign wanting to start a wine production.
Being long and stretched inside the Mediterranean Sea, Italy enjoys several different landscapes and weather zones. Even if the country is relatively small, it can and does produce wines extremely different from each other.
Italian wines are produced by all walks of life; from the multi-national corporations to traditional wineries, to families tending their own vines for the kitchen table. Some like Barolo, Chianti, Primitivo and Est Est Est! are rightfully famous. However you may also stumble upon a vino della casa in a local trattoria that is just as memorable.
In this section learn more about why Italian wines have been praised since antiquity and continue to amaze drinkers today. We will review the most popular types of wine and spill a little secret or two about where, when and how enjoy this delicious and traditional Italian drink.

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Sparkling Wines of Italy
Thursday, December 22TH, 2016 by admin
Italian Sparkling Wines When most people think of Italian wine, they think of the lush, robust reds of Tuscany or the delicate white wines of Piedmont. They don't generally think of sparkling wine…but they should. Italy produces more different kinds of sparkling wine than any other country in the world. In fact, they have been crafting spumantes (literally, sparkling wines) since Roman times, long before Dom Perignon popped his first cork. From the light, off-dry Proseccos to the classic Franciacortas, Italian sparkling wines are varied, tasty, and often quite affordable....
The Most Famous Italian Liquors
Friday, December 16TH, 2016 by admin
  Italy is not only and simply known for her fine wines, but also for a plethora of liqueurs and spirits we enjoy at times as an aperitivo, at times as an after-dinner digestive. Often, they become also important ingredients for some of our favorite desserts.  Amaro Fernet Branca - Made from the infusion of numerous ingredients, obtained from 4 continents. After the infusion takes place, Fernet rests in wood barrels for at least a year. The name of this liqueur, according to many, originated from the Milanese dialect "fer net", literarily, a clean iron, from the hot...
Decipher that wine label!
Saturday, November 19TH, 2016 by FrancescaBezzone
I think it's a typical situation: you're invited to a dinner party and would like to bring a good bottle of vino. Off you go to the wine store, full of expectations, thinking it'll be an easy choice: in the end, you just need to check out the label, right? Right.    The problem is wine labels, specifically Italian labels, are not that simple to decipher for we common mortals. Yet, they hold a wealth of important information about the bottle they emblason including, in short, whether the wine we're about to buy is worth its price or not.   Here comes a simpl...
Wines of Southern Italy
Saturday, October 15TH, 2016 by admin
They're not household names like their Piedmont or Tuscan cousins, but the wines of Italy's southern wine districts are bold, full-bodied, and satisfying.   Southern Italy has been producing wine for over 4000 years. The wine business here was already booming in 2000 B.C. when the Phoenicians arrived. The Greeks dubbed southern Italy "The Land of Wine," and the Romans delighted in the wines of the Campania region.   In modern times, however, wine production in southern Italy has languished, and a large portion of wine produced there was sold to France and Germany as a ble...
Wines of Central Italy
Thursday, October 13TH, 2016 by FrancescaBezzone
Italy is the land of many good wines and making up a list of the best among them, as we already said in our article about the wines of Northern Italy, is almost impossible. The central regions of the country are home to some of our best known enological products (think of Chianti, for instance), but also to plenty of lesser known amazing varieties we hope to help you discover.    One thing is certain: vineyards are a quintessential part of the central Italian landscape, to the point it is almost impossible to think of places such as Toscana or Umbria without picturing gent...
Wines of Northern Italy
Wednesday, September 28TH, 2016 by FrancescaBezzone
It is not easy to select a limited number of wines characteristic of Italy's northern regions: there are so many and of such a high quality, I honestly feel guilty leaving names out of this article.   Surely, the same would happen if I had to list the best wines of the Italian Centre or the Italian South, but today's task is harder for me, because I come from Piemonte and from the Langhe, so I may be a little biased. My grandfather used to make an amazing Dolcetto and, as he had two small vineyards, one in the Langhe where we live, and one in the Monferrato, wher...
History of Wine II
Wednesday, September 14TH, 2016 by admin
"No poem was ever written by a drinker of water," the great Roman poet, Horace wrote.   Wine making as shown on a ceiling mosaic at the Mausoleum of Santa Costanza, Rome. (Lawrence OP/flickr)   People have enjoyed drinking wine for thousands of years ever since its ancient origins in Mesopotamia, near present-day Iran. Italian and French wines are amongst the best and Italy is the largest producer of wine in the world. This makes sense because the Romans made the most contributions to the ancient art of viniculture.   The Greeks, who settled in so...
History of Wine I
Saturday, September 10TH, 2016 by admin
The Ancient History of Wine   History of winemaking reaches into the early century of western history itself (Andrea Pesce/flickr)   The history of wine in many ways coincides with the history of the western world. Historians generally agree that wine was probably discovered accidentally in the Fertile Crescent area, the region between the Nile and Persian Gulf, during the time of the world's first civilizations between 4000 and 3000 B.C. As small settlements grew into city-states and trade began to develop on a large scale throughout the Mediterranean, the g...
The Life of a Wine Grape
Friday, July 08TH, 2016 by admin
Grape. There you are, a tiny little bud amid a clump of other buds, like sextuplets in the womb, only lots more. The sun is shining, the view - if you had eyes - is spectacular, and all the nutrients needed to maintain health are transported through the vine to you and your green, bulbous siblings.   Wine Grape. Ph. Donnie Nunley on flickr (   Days and weeks pass and you grow in size and richness of color. Soon you are a big, fat ball of purple, dangling in a carefree commune of other big, fat purple balls. Fat, dumb, and happy as they say - that'...
Italian Wines for Summer
Thursday, June 16TH, 2016 by admin
  When the heat of the Summer overwhelms and outdoor patios and balconies beckon, the full-bodied wines often associated with Italy can seem a little overbearing. Don't despair. Italian wine producers offer a variety of light, refreshing wines, ideal for Summer quaffing. Among them is the familiar Pinot Grigio, but do you know about the pleasures of a glass of Prosecco, Gavi, or Arneis?     Italian Wines for Summer: Pinot Grigio   Pinot Grigio, generally the best known of the Italian white wines, is a light and dry wine, with an almost lemony fla...