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Wine is woven into the fabric of daily life in Italy, and vines can be found in nearly every part of the countryside, from the slopes of the Alps to the rolling hills of Tuscany and on down to the Mediterranean climate of Sicily.
Italian countryside The rolling hills of Tuscany are the birthplace of Chianti.
Some of the world’s most famous and sought-after wines originate here, but there are also many affordable, easy-drinking alternatives. Like most of Europe, Italy has strict guidelines for the production and classification of its wines. It starts with the basic Vino da Tavola (V.D.T.) and builds to the Indicazione Geografica Tipica (I.G.T.) and Denominazione di Origine Controllata (D.O.C.) levels and finally to the top category, Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (D.O.C.G.). More restrictions apply at each level governing geographical boundaries, grape varieties, yields and other factors.
An area in southern Italy where the coast is warm and dry, with more moisture inland on the plain and the slopes. Red wines are produced from Aglianico or Piedirosso. Key whites include Fino di Avellino, Greco di Tuto and Falanghina.

Less heralded than the wines of Piedmont and Tuscany, yet with quality on the rise, some wines from this region in east-central Italy are a great value.

Piedmont (Piemonte)
A growing area at the foot of the Alps, the Piedmont is famous for Barolo and Barbaresco, sought-after red wines made from the Nebbiolo grape. It is also home of Asti, Italy’s famous sparkling wine. Learn More

Called Ikhonos, or footprint, by the Greeks because of its shape, this island wasn’t known for its wine until recent improvements led to interesting red and white wines at affordable prices.

A warm, dry Mediterranean climate prevails on the coast of this large island, but it is more temperate and moist in the inland mountains. Southerly winds bring dry air to the region. The red variety of greatest importance is Nero d’Avola, and white varieties to look for are Grillo, Catarratto and Inzolia.

Tre Venezie
The Tre Venezie (three Venices), whose name harkens back to the days of the Venetian Republic, dominates white wine production in Italy. With the Alps to the north and the Adriatic to the south, these cool slopes are moderated by warm currents, rivers and sunny exposure. Learn More

Rolling hills and a moderate Mediterranean climate mark the home of Chianti. Tuscany is famed for Sangiovese-based reds and whites made from Vernaccia. Learn More

Too often overshadowed by its neighbor Tuscany, Umbria has many interesting and affordable wines to offer. Learn More

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