Italian Wine Regions

Italian wine is among the best varieties of wine available, which goes some way to explaining the fact that Italy is among the biggest exporters of wine in the world. The country boasts the largest variety of wine types through their use of both indigenous and international vine types.

The main Italian wine regions span the Northwest, Northeast, Central and South and Islands areas. Each region does things slightly differently from the other which contributes to the huge variety of wines available from Italy in general.

Italian Wine Regions Map

The Northwest area includes the Aosta Valley, Piedmont, Liguria, Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna wine region, and is the most affluent of all the areas.

The Northeast region produces more contemporary styles of wine. Viniculture in this area started in the 1970's with two of the country's leading wine schools being situated there. Veneto, Trentino-Alto Adige and Friuli-Venezia Giulia comprise this younger wine region.

The Central area, which is naturally suited for wine production, includes the regions of Tuscany, Umbria, Marches, Latium, Abruzzi and Molise. This area often has to balance contemporary processes with its time-honored values.

The last of the Italian wine regions is the South and Islands which embraces Campania, Apulia, Basilicata, Calabria, Sardinia and the Sicilian wine region. Forty percent of the wine is produced in this region, which would explain why the ancient Greeks dubbed it as the land of wine.

No matter if you are an experienced wine drinker or just getting started, wine from Italy is worth tasting. It is traditionalistic for wine to be included with meals in Italian households and there are numerous varieties available to complement each Italian dish. A wonderful way to taste these wines is while enjoying a meal at your favorite Italian restaurant. The majority of restaurants offer wine by the glass so that you will be able to try various types and decide your favorite. This additionally lets each guest to try a different type and avoid the need to agree on ordering a particular bottle to share. The main thing is to get started and enjoy your Italian wine adventure.