Italy, as you know, stands out among the largest producers of wine in the world and boasts many DOC and DOCG wines, labels that express the high level reached by Italian vineyards, but aren’t the unique parameter to consider.
For this reason, we want to show you an itinerary through the most renowned 5 regions for wine quality, with the awareness that today all Italian regions produce excellent wines, so the list of vineyards and wineries could be limitless.
If you like wine, you choose to visit the places where excellence is born, about the natural features and the talent of the wine growers, the main factors of the uniqueness of Italian wine.
Tuscany, land of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino
In 2015 in Tuscany it was produced 1.4 million hectoliter of DOC and DOCG wine, but it certainly isn’t news: many travelers choose this destination to savor Chianti (produced in an area that includes Florence and Siena provinces, extending south of the Apennines), the Super Tuscans like Tignanello, the sublime Brunello di Montalcino, or Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
As for pairings with the Chianti (a very common request among those approaches for the first time this world) we suggest roasts, aged and not spicy cheeses, handmade pasta dishes such as pici with meat sauce.
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Piedmont, home of Barolo and Barbaresco
Did you know that Piedmont is the region with most DOC wines in relation to the total wine production? 5 out of 6 bottles of wine have the DOC label!
The top wine is Barolo, red wine that was born in the Langhe, area which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO because of its uniqueness.
Here the medieval castles surround the hills, a good reason to explore this land discovering the most enchanting evidences of a noble past.
The castle of the Marchesi Falletti di Barolo, however, today also houses the local wine promotion board and WiMu, the Wine Museum.
Barbaresco, also produced in Langhe, seems owes its name to the Gauls; according to the legend, the barbaric people were attracted by the quality of Italian wine Barbaritium.
Veneto, where fine wines reign
The landscapes of Veneto are the first reason why you should include this destination in your next trip.
The second consists of the wide range of choice about Wine Roads (16 different paths are available) and fine wines to taste, among which we mention the Amarone della Valpolicella, a dry red wine DOCG, Bardolino, Soave, Lugana, Tai (formerly known as Tocai), sparkling wines like Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore (recommended for starters), white wine as Gambellara Classico DOC, a typical wine born from volcanic soils.
The most selective wine lovers will find in Veneto extraordinary products suggested for dinner based on local dishes and guided tastings in a historic cellar.
We recall also that every year in Verona takes place Vinitaly, the most important wine fair in Italy, which in 2016 will come to its 50th edition (scheduled from 10th to 13th April).
Emilia Romagna, excellent grapes for discerning palates
The hectares dedicated to viticulture in Emilia Romagna are 60,000: the extension of this region enables the production of very different wines such as Lambrusco and Sangiovese.
Among the wines to taste in Emilia we remind the Gutturnio DOC for red wines and Malvasia di Candia aromatico for whites,; in Romagna we recommend Albana, the first white wine to obtain the DOC label here, and Sangiovese di Romagna, produced in the provinces of Forlì-Cesena, Ravenna, Rimini and seven towns near Bologna.
The best pairing in the case of this variety of Sangiovese is with cold cuts and pasta.
In this region are produced more than 6 million hectoliters of wine per year, an enviable record that places Emilia Romagna among the richest areas for enogastronomy.
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Trentino Alto Adige, vineyards at the top
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The peculiarity of Trentino wine is due to the alpine morphology and environmental challenges that create wines unmistakable: this is Trentino Alto Adige, a land where the vineyards ranging from the shores of Lake Garda to the valley, including the slopes of the Dolomites.
About wine labels, here are the most popular white wines like Pinot Bianco Alto Adige, Alto Adige Valle Venosta Traminer aromatico and Müller Thurgau, the latter typical of the Cembra Valley, known for significant temperature differences between day and night.
A white wine of this kind is perfect paired with fish or shellfish and is a good example of the strong identity of the Trentino wines, a land liked not only by fans of holidays at high altitude but also by gourmets that love a nice glass of wine. On this website there is additional information to organize a themed route: www.vinideltrentino.com.
These five regions are a starting point for those who are curious to know where to find the best Italian wines.