|Italy's Wine Regions.|
The second most important, wine country in the world, is without a doubt Italy. Within this European country, one finds no less than twenty vast wine regions, all of which can boast their own indigenious grape varieties and unique wine making traditions. The specific terroirs of the Italian wine regions, and actual macro and micro climatic conditions, make Italian wine varietals exclusive to these regions as no other country in the world can produce Barolo, Barbaresco, Amarone, Brunello di Montalcino or premium Riserva Chianti. Italy as a country is one of the most beautiful and historic countries of Europe, and not only does it boast some of the very best, authentic and unique wines, but the various provinces and regions offer some of the most appetizing and sought after cuisine in the world.
|Tuscany Wine map.|
As a destination the Tuscan region of Italy is a delight for the senses. Tuscany is celebrated not only for its vineyards and cuisine, its sheer national and historic beauty make it one of the world's most sought after destinations and a magical place to taste the local produce in food and wine. Famous cuisine in Tuscany include the renowned Bistecca a la Fiorentina; Braised wild boar; ribolita soup; and various variations of pasta and sauces.
|Pasta with Wild Boar Sauce|
|Braised Wild boar|
Other excellent wine destinations and regions in Italy are Lazio outside Rome with its Cesanese del Piglio; Umbria with its Orvieto; Emilia-Romagna famous for its Lambrusco; the Veneto best known for its Amarone, Ripasso, Bardolino, Valpolicella and Soave; Fruili-Venezia Giulia for its Ramandolo; Lombardy exceptional for its food and Nebiolo;
|Bistecca a la Fiorentina|
Campania and Basilicata for their Fiano di Avellino, Greco and Falaghina, and the indegenious Aglianico which gifts this region with the Taurasi DOCG wines.
Then we have other regions such as the:
The Italian Riviera;
Marche for its Verdicchio;
Abruzzo for Trebiano;
|Spaghetti with tomato sauce.|
|Pizza Funghi Sicily.|
And in the south we have:
Sicily famous for its Nero D'Avola, Zibibbo. Primitivo and for its Marsala;
and of course Sardinia famous for its Vermentino, and which is a destination on its own.
|Slow cooked Osso Buco|
If one should require more information of the wines of Italy and also about the Italian grape varieties I recommend reading previous features in this website that deal specifically with these subjects.
Italy is only a short flight away from Malta, and can be reached internationally from all over the world. Various wine tours are available for the professional as well as for enthusiastic wine tourists. Our advice is to always organize speciality and dedicated wine oriented holidays through a specialist operator.
Until next week then for our third region, enjoy yourselves and salute'.