Italy is home to some of the world’s most prestigious wine estates. Wine has been produced there for almost 4,000 years. The country’s diverse terrain is predominately hilly or mountainous with a climate ideal for wine production. Italy is divided into 20 wine regions that are then broken down into provinces. Laws governing Italy’s wine production specify which grape varieties can be grown in which region.
Abruzzi located on the Adriatic Sea south of the Marches and southwest of Umbria, Abruzzi is sunny and dry with hillside vineyards cooled by gentle sea breezes. Popular grape varieties grown here are Trebbiano and the distinguished Montepulciano. Although Montepulciano is planted along the Adriatic coast, it is in Abruzzi where it flourishes.
Marches situated in central Italy directly north of Abruzzi on the Adriatic Sea, the vineyards are planted on the mountain hillsides. Many grape varieties flourish here including Trebbiano, which stylistically tends to be clean and straightforward.
Piedmont– world renowned for its wines, Piedmont produces many of the worlds most esteemed red wines including Barolo and Barbera. Cherished white wines include Moscato and Asti, a fresh and lively white with a slight sparkle or “frizzante.” Canelli is situated at the entrance of Langhe hills where the landscape is covered in vineyards. The region is world renowned for creating easy to drink wines that are the perfect accompaniment to casual dining.
Tuscany is blessed by nature. The gentle rolling hills are warmed by the sun followed by nights cooled by soft breezes off the Tyrrhenian Sea. The alluvial hillside vineyards are predominately planted with the indigenous Sangiovese. Located between Florence to the north and Montalcino to the south the area is riddled with distinct microclimates each producing wines with distinctive characteristics.