Where to Find Italy's Best Wines

You might find yourself doing an awful lot of sampling and tasting to find the best of wines to suit your individual palette. What makes for the best is an entirely personal matter, of course, but you are probably starting in the right place if you choose Italy to start your quest.

Italian vineyards produce more wine than any others in the entire world. It is not only a question of quantity, but quality and the sheer range of regional differences that makes Italy so alluring. It may come as no surprise, therefore, that once upon a time, the whole of Italy was known as the “land of wine”, says the online Wine Enthusiast.

That’s one of the reasons that, here at Bellarome, we aim to widen your opportunities. With one of our tailor-made Italy multi centre holidays you are able to explore the tastes of wines from two or more different regions of the country in just the one visit.

 

What’s On Offer?

It’s difficult to know quite where to start, since practically every region has its own vineyards, producing distinctive and appealing flavours:

The North

For want of any more convenient way of dividing the country up into its various wine-producing regions, let’s start with the north.

  • In the sheltered valleys of the Italian Alps, in north western Piedmont, you can find a wide range of small producers, each with their own characteristic style and taste, but some also making such grand names in the industry as Barbaresco and Barolo.
  • Further east is the region of Veneto, which has shot into favour in recent years along with the booming popularity of Prosecco, which comes in every guise from a champagne-like sparkling wine, to a semi-sparkling wine and a less well known version that is completely flat.
  • Those very many people worldwide who have developed a passion for the immensely popular Pinot Grigio may care to know that it is made in the Veneto region.

The Centre

The centre of the country is home to probably the most iconic and familiar of wine growing regions: Tuscany.

  • What many have called the country’s wine revolution started in this region, which is home to the most famous of all Italian wines: Chianti – white wines include Chianti Classico, San Gimignano, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino, with the notable reds of Maremma and Bolgheri.
  • The charms of Tuscany extend well beyond its legend for fine wines, the region is set in some of the most picturesque and idyllic countryside in the country and is also just a stone’s throw from cultural centres and tourist attractions, such as Siena, Florence and Pisa.

The South

The south of Italy, and the isle of Sicily in particular, are regarded by aficionados of wine as “frontier regions”, representing a new world contrast to the established order of old world wines in the centre and north of the country.

  • Regions you might want to look out for include Campania, Puglia and the dessert wines of Sicily.

 

Head for any of these regions to sample their representative wines, but amongst the big names, also keep your taste buds attuned to little known very local, small vineyards producing their own distinctive and characterful wines. If you're thinking about a wine-tasting tour of Italy, why not contact one of our travel experts for a personalised holiday quote including Italy's wine regions.

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