Home to the oldest wine-producing regions in the world, Italy’s viticultural history dates back to the Greek colonisation when wine-making first flourished in Sicily and southern Italy. With about twenty wine regions, Italy offers a broad variety of wine. Italian wine’s enduring popularity is often linked to the pull of Italy’s food and cultural heritage. A good understanding of Italian wines always start with basic knowledge of Italy’s wine regions and their local cuisines. Italian wines are mostly produced with local palates in mind. They are noted for being mostly made from indigenous grape varieties such as Nebbiolo and Sangiovese. Italian wines are classified according to DOC (Denominazione di Origine Contrallata) and DOCG (where G stands for Garantita) with additional criteria. On the other hand, casual wines are classified according to IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica) which grounds the wine to a locality up to a region.
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