4 Places in Italy every wine lover should visit
Its harvest time! The grapes are ready to be harvest in early to mid-fall. However when the summers have been very hot, the grapes will be ready in late September. With hundreds of wine grape varieties, 20 uniquely designated wine growing regions, and hundreds of years of wine making history on the books, Italy's wine scene is a glorious adventure from grape to glass.
Orvieto in Umbria
Umbria is a less touristy version of its Tuscan neighbor to the north. The most famous town is Orvieto, where they make the region’s best wine, the white Orvieto blend. The white wine can be either sweet or dry, depending on the style preferred by the winemaker, and is considered one of the best whites made in all of Italy.
Prosecco in Veneto
Italy’s most famous sparkling wine region is Veneto - of which Venice is the capital. The Veneto region, between the Dolomites and the Adriatic, is just 30 miles from Venice and covers over 20,000 hectares. For a one-of-a-kind experience, visit the island of Mazzorbo to taste the locally produced, and one of the most sought-after white wines in the world, the Venissa.
Vittoria in Sicily
Sicily’s unique food and wine culture is having a moment right now. But the only wine region on the entire island to receive DOCG status – which is the government’s strictest regulation reserved for its most celebrated wines – is Vittoria. The wine is a blend of Nero d’Avola and Frappato and it is known for its finesse – if you like light wines like Pinot Noir and Gamay, you’ll love this wine!
Lambrusco in Emilia-Romagna
On the northern peninsula of Italy lies Emilia-Romagna, the gastronomic heart of Italy. Emilia’s best-known wine is Lambrusco, a delicate bubbly red. Today, the best Lambruscos are dry (secco) and barely sweet (semisecco) and are almost always made in a semi-sparkling, frizzante, style. In its native region it is mostly enjoyed as a dry wine that is exceptional with local cuisine!