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Wine Regions in Italy

Wine Regions Of Italy

wine regions of italy

Italy is notorious for its wine regions and is home to many famous winemakers.  With so many wine regions spread throughout the country, it’s difficult to find a region that doesn’t produce wine.

Italy is responsible for producing a wide variety of different wines, from classic reds to stunning champagnes that are loved by many worldwide. In this article, we will explore 12 of Italy’s most famous wine regions.

Langhe and Monferrato

Langhe And Monferrato

Home to beautiful scenery and stunning landscapes, Langhe and Manferrato possess ancient soil in which vines thrive. This region is responsible for producing beautiful, full-bodied reds, perfumed wines and excellent white wines.

From this region comes two famous wine producers, Gaja and Ceretto. The wine makers are known across the globe for producing Piedmontese wines as well as famous cuisine.

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Franciacorta

Franciacorta

This Lombard region is responsible for making Italian sparkling wine famous across the world. The Franciacorta uses the Champagne- making method to produce sparkling wines.

Most famous for Berlucchi, Ca ‘del Bosco and Bellavista varieties, Franciacorta is renowned and widely appreciated across the globe. Its wines are highly sort after.

Champaigne

Valtellina

Valtellina

Also named the “Heroic Vineyards”, this region is situated on the slope of rocky mountains where sunlight is minimal. The region is home to winemakers such as Nino Negri, Fay and Arpepe.

This region is famous for producing four main categories of wine: Sforzato (DOCG), Valtellina Superiore (DOCG), Rosso di Valtellina DOC and Terrazze Retiche di Sondrio IGT.

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Valpolicella

Valpolicella

This particular region is responsible for producing fantastic red wines, heavily influenced by Lake Garda which is located close to the area.

Its name is thought to be a mix of Latin and ancient Greek, and translates to “valley of many cellars.” The region’s revered red wines are diverse, spanning four styles: Amarone; Valpolicella Ripasso; sweet Recioto; and Valpolicella.

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Prosecco

Prosecco

Possibly the world’s most famous Italian wine region, Prosseco is home to some homonymous wines. Grapes thrive in the small hills of Prosseco, making it the ideal place to produce the popular bubbly wine.

The best producers of Prosecco are located in Bortolomiol, Bisol and Villa Sandi where the Charmat method is widely used.

Prosseco

Trentino

Trentino

Trentino is located in the far north of Italy. The peaks and bring much protection from the elements and cast a rain shadow over the region, as well as a warm current, creating ideal conditions for the grapes to thrive.

This region produces a range of both red and white wines that are enjoyed globally. They also produce both still and sparkling wines, making it a versatile wine region.

Sparkling Wine

Collio Friulano

Collio Friulano

Collio Friulano is a region known fro producing “super whites” from Sauvignon Blanc. Located in the Northeast of Italy, this region is warm and sunny so both native and international grapes grow well in the region.

The official Collio wine-growing zone curves in a banana-like shape around the international border with Slovenia and is best known for its complex, aromatic Collio Bianco.

White Wines

Tuscany

Tuscany

Known for its breathtaking scenery, Tuscany is also famous for its wine production. It is the land of fantastic red wines and is one of Italy’s most beloved wine regions.

Tuscany is most popular for its production os Chianti which is widely exported al over the globe. Other common favourites include; Sassicaia and Ornellaia.

Classic Red

Umbria

Umbria

Umbria is set in the heart of Italy, surrounded by natural landscapes and wonderful scenery. Umbria is also home to one of Italy’s most famous wineries, Lungarotti.

This region produces two fundamental wines, Torgiano and Sagrantino di Montefalco. These highly tannic wines are exported all over the world.

Red Wines

Irpinia

Irpinia

Full-bodied, fruity red and white wines are what make Irpinia a well-known wine region. The area produces Taurasi and Falanghina, very mineral wines that are affected by the soils proximity to Mount Vesuvius.

The top producers in the region are Feudi di San Gregorio and Mastroberardino.

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Puglia

Puglia

Named “The garden of Italy”, Puglia produces great wines such as Primitivo, Negroamaro, and Nero di Troia. The grapes grow at high temperatures and are exposed to sunlight for long periods of time.

These conditions result in full-bodied reds, however, the area also delivers wonderful white wines such as Bianco D’alessano and Bombino Bianco.

Italian Red Wine

Sicily

Sicily

Sicily’s history with wine runs very deep and is spread throughout the island. Wine production on this island has ancient origins, making it one of Italy’s oldest wine regions.

Sicily’s most famous wine is Marsala. The wine is made in styles both dry and sweet and was born on the rocky, wild-west of the island.

White Wine