There are twenty Italian wine regions. Each of them has its own peculiar share of wine types and varieties. Most of the best-renowned Italian wines are concentrated in Piedmont, Veneto and Tuscany. Let’s get a deeper insight of Italian wine regions by considering first the most popular types of wine of our country.
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Types of wine
Italian wines can be divided into two main categories: white wines and red wines. Red wines stem from dark-colored grape varieties. Their color can range from violet to brick red to brown, the latter being typical of older red wines. White wines are produced from grapes with a white or black skin. Their color can be straw-yellow, or yellow-green.
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Italian wine regions
As we’ve said, the majority of Italian wines are produced in the regions of Italy like Tuscany, Piedmont and Veneto.
Tuscany’s most popular wine variety is Chianti. Chianti is produced near Florence, and is an excellent pairing for steak or other grilled meat. It can refer to any type or variety of wine produced in that particular region. Its taste is dry and subtle, and it stems from Sangiovese (blood of Jove).
Piedmont is home to some of the most famous and loved wine types of Italian cuisine, especially the red ones: Barbera, Barolo, Nebbiolo and Dolcetto. The name of the latter means “little sweet one”, with reference to the ease in which it grows and is raised. It’s rich in taste and with a steady and immediately recognizable consistence.
Veneto is one of the richest wine regions of Italy. It is home to the Prosecco, Soave, Merlot, Amarone and Bardolino wines.
Friuli-Venezia Giulia region
Pinot Grigio is the most popular white wine in the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. It is also prominent in Lombardy and in Alto Adige.