Wine from Italy

All about Italian Wines

Italy is the home to some of the oldest winemaking regions of the world and the history of winemaking in Italy can be dated back to over two thousand years.

Followed by France, this is the second largest wine producer in the world by volume contributing around 45 to 50 million hl/year.

Wines from Italy

In this article, we’ll look at few important things about Italian wines.

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Wine grape varieties

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Italian Wines Overview

In Italy, wine is almost as essential as food and water.

We can see grapes grown in nearly all the regions of Italy.

With over one million vineyards, the country is representing almost one-third of global wine production.

The number of varieties of wine grapes in the country is more than thousand!

One of the major reasons for the extensive production of wines in Italy is its climate, which is more suitable for winemaking.

The Appellation System for Italian Wines

Italy launched its first system of classification in the year 1963.

But, the system was subjected to lots of additions and alterations to have the following latest appellation which was launched during the year 2010:

  • Vini: These are the generic wines that can be manufactured in any of the EU territories. The label of these wines will have the information about the color of the wine only.
  • Vini Varietali: These are again the generic wines that could have any of the following authorized grapes in major quantities (minimum 85%):

The label could have the information about the grapes used.

  • Vini IGP: These are the wines that are produced in specific territories of Italy following a set of regulations on grape varieties, practices, characteristics, labeling, and so on.
  • Vini DOP: This includes Vini DOC and Vini DOCG, the former being the wine which must have been Vini IGP for a minimum of five years. The DOC wines can be promoted to Vini DOCG if they have been DOC for a minimum of ten years.

In addition to the above-mentioned major categories, there are also some sub-categories in place for the sparkling winemaking.

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Commonly Used Grapes in Italian Wines

Although the Italian Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has granted ‘authorized’ status to more than 350 varieties of grapes, the following are the most commonly used varieties in most Italian wines.

Common Red Grape Varieties

Common White Grape Varieties

International Varieties in Italy

Sparkling Wines from Italy

The superior quality sparkling wines in Italy are from Franciacorta of Lombardy region.

Just as Champagne, these wines are also made from Pinot Nero and Chardonnay with a difference that these wines also contain Pinot Bianco.

The method of processing these sparkling wines is same as that for Champagne wherein the wine will be subjected to a second fermentation in the same bottle thus producing the fizz.

In addition to this, you may also see some bubbly wines like Lambrusco, as well as Moscato d’Asti in the country. These are usually manufactured by following the ‘Charmat method’.

High-end varieties of Lambrusco will have fruity flavors which are not very sweet.

In contrast to Lambrusco, Moscato d’Asti is a sparkling white wine variety that is got from Moscato grapes. This wine tastes sweet but with varying flavors.

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Some of the Wine Reviews for Italian Wine

Da Vinci - Chianti

Da Vinci - Chianti

Grapes are sourced from the south hillsides made with 90% Sangiovese grapes and 10% Merlot and have flavours of ripe cherries, fruit and plums with aromas of dark sweet fruits.
Da Vinci - Chianti Riserva

Da Vinci - Chianti Riserva

Chianti Riserva is a Chianti wine from Da Vinci in Tuscany, made from 3 best grape varieties and being aged long in wood and in the cellar.
Da Vinci – Brunello di Montalcino

Da Vinci – Brunello di Montalcino

Brunello di Montalcino is the only wine from the Montalcino region with its own winery and vineyards that are located in the most beautiful area Val di Cava with soils that are rich in silt and clay sandstone that has been collected for centuries.
Da Vinci – Chianti Classico

Da Vinci – Chianti Classico

Chianti Classico is created in the hilly zone between Florence and Siena which is considered as one of the premium wines of Da Vinci Chianti.
Da Vinci – Rosso di Montalcino

Da Vinci – Rosso di Montalcino

Rosso di Montalcino is a DOC, red blended wine produced in the heart of Tuscany, in central Italy which is considered as a more vivacious wine style.
Da Vinci – Santo Ippolito

Da Vinci – Santo Ippolito

Santo Ippolito is a Toscana Indicazione Geografica Tipica - red blended wine produced in the areas of Vinci and Cerreto Guidi.
Da Vinci – VinSanto

Da Vinci – VinSanto

VinSanto is a Denominazione di Origine Controllata holy wine made from the white grape variety Trebbiano and produced in Cerreto Guidi.
Da Vinci Pinot Grigio Review

Da Vinci Pinot Grigio Review

Pinot Grigio is a Delle Venezie Indicazione Geografica Tipica white wine originated from the Alto-Adige and Trentino districts in Italy.
Leonardo – Bianco

Leonardo – Bianco

Leonardo Bianco is a Toscana Indicazione Geografica Tipica, white blended, light and crisp wine produced in Vinci and nearby areas.
Leonardo – Brunello di Montalcino

Leonardo – Brunello di Montalcino

Brunello di Montalcino is a red Italian, Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita wine that is actually produced in the zones of Montalcino region.
Leonardo – Chianti

Leonardo – Chianti

Chianti is a Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita red blended wine which is one of the most popular wines in the region.
Leonardo – Chianti Bio

Leonardo – Chianti Bio

Chianti Bio is a Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita red blended wine which is noticeable because of its flavor and perfect aromas.
Leonardo – Chianti Riserva

Leonardo – Chianti Riserva

Chianti Riserva is a Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita red, savory and classic wine and one of the long established blends of the country.
Leonardo – Degli Artisti Merlot

Leonardo – Degli Artisti Merlot

Degli Artisti Merlot has a superb ruby red color with light violet reflections. and an impressive scents of wild berries combined with extremely fine spices that give more impact on the palate
Leonardo – Monna Lisa Vino Rosso D’Italia

Leonardo – Monna Lisa Vino Rosso D’Italia

Monna Lisa Vino Rosso D’Italia is a red – blended, still and dry wine produced in the beautiful land of Italy. It’s also a fast moving wine in the country.
Leonardo – Monnalisa Rosso

Leonardo – Monnalisa Rosso

Monnalisa Rosso is a Toscana Indicazione Geografica Tipica, semi-dry wine produced in the areas of Vinci, Cerreto Guidi and surrounding districts of Italy.
Leonardo – Monnalisa Vino Bianco D’Italia

Leonardo – Monnalisa Vino Bianco D’Italia

Monnalisa Vino Bianco D’Italia is white, semi – dry wine which is considered as a tribute to the remarkable work of Leonardo da Vinci.
Leonardo – Morellino di Scansano

Leonardo – Morellino di Scansano

Morellino di Scansano is a Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita, dry, high-acid, cherry and herb-flavored wine produced in the Tuscan coast.
Leonardo – Pinot Grigio

Leonardo – Pinot Grigio

Leonardo Pinot Grigio is a Venezie Indicazione Geografica Tipica, white and flinty wine which is considered as one of the most popular wines in the region.
Leonardo – Prosecco

Leonardo – Prosecco

Prosecco wines are light yellow in color with greenish tints. It has a light floral aroma followed by fruity notes and gives in fresh and lively flavor and a soft finish
Leonardo – Rosso

Leonardo – Rosso

The Rosso wine throws a deep purple red color, the intense, persistent and hints of black fruit strikes the nose and the smooth, pleasant and long lasting aftertaste make the wine more enticing
Leonardo – Rosso di Montalcino

Leonardo – Rosso di Montalcino

Leonardo Rosso di Montalcino is a Denominazione di Origine Controllata, red – blended, bold and structured and least expensive but ranked among top 10.
Leonardo – Rubicaia

Leonardo – Rubicaia

Leonardo Rubicaia is a Romagna Denominazione di Origine Controllata Sangiovese Superiore wine which is a new and modern vinification system.
Leonardo – Vermentino

Leonardo – Vermentino

Leonardo Vermentino is a Toscana Indicazione Geografica Tipica, white – blended, fresh and fragrant wine which is in demand in the country.
Leonardo – VinSanto

Leonardo – VinSanto

Leonardo VinSanto is a Denominazione di Origine Controllata, sweet, caramelized and sticky wine which is considered as the top wine of the region.
Leonardo – White Blend

Leonardo – White Blend

Leonardo White Blend is a Toscana Indicazione Geografica Tipica, white – blended, tropical and balanced wine which is fast moving in the industry.
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