The months of September and October are extremely important in the wine making process, as the grapes are being picked and the working process in the cellars begins.
In Italy the harvesting process begins with the Pinot and Chardonnay grapes, continuing with the harvest of red grapes such as Sangiovese (Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna), Montepulciano (Tuscany), Nebbiolo (Piedmont), followed by Aglianico (Campania) and Nerello (Sicily and Sardinia) grapes. It looks like this year Italy will conquer the quantitative production premium over France, unbeaten winner.
The regions symbol of Italian wine
The main regions producing exceptional wines in the country are without a doubt Tuscany (where in the Maremma area, close to the coast, the wine making tradition dates back to Etruscan times!), Piedmont (Barolo, Dolcetto and Barbaresco, together with the already mentioned Nebbiolo) and Veneto (Amarone, Prosecco, Recioto to name a few).
But the whole country has a long tradition of wine-making, which can be found strongly in other areas of the peninsula, among which: the unique wine area of Liguria (Gavi, Colli di Luni); the
vast areas of alluvial plains, and volcanic hills reaching the slopes of the mountains through Friuli Venezia Giulia (Tocai) and Trentino Alto Adige (Teroldego); the extreme variability of wines of great esteem and renaissance in Emilia-Romagna (Pignoletto, Malvasia, sangiovese, Cabernet Franc), Umbria (Montefalco, Torgiano) and Lazio (Trebbiano, Malvasia); the multi varieties in Campania (Aglianico, Falanghina, Greco di Tufo to name the most renown ones), the ancient link of Puglia (Negramaro, Primitivo, Salice Salentino); and the great wine tradition of Sardinia (Cannonau) and Sicily (Salaparuta, Marsala).
Even tough many wine connoisseurs say that France has the largest number and best quality of wines, we can comfortably say that it would be a tie between the two countries!
For this reason we invite you to experience Italy and its many territories not only from a food stand point but also form a wine stand point of view, to discover the many great wines locally produced and which create a unique complement to the many culinary specialties of each area.