wine from Italy
Italian wine is produced in every region of Italy, home to some of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world. Truly, Italy’s greatest wine asset is its panoply of native grapes, varieties that have called Italy their home for centuries and are performing quite differently in the diverse soils and climates of the Peninsula. Italy is the world's largest producer of wine, with an area of 702,000 hectares (1,730,000 acres) under vineyard cultivation, and contributing a 2013–2017 annual average of 48.3 million hl of wine. In 2018 Italy accounted for 19% of global production, ahead of France (17%) and Spain (15%). Italian wine is both exported around the world and popular domestically among Italians, who consume an average of 42 litres per capita, ranking fifth in world wine consumption.
At least 30 percent of all the world’s grapes are Italian, and most still only grow there. Therefore, Italy’s wines offer unique aromas and flavours, and have many wonderful surprises in store for curious wine lovers. Even if Italy produces many “must buy” wines, to the likes of Sassicaia, Ornellaia, Barolo & Co., there is a universe of interesting other wines awarded with international prizes, that are going to be a surprising experience for the wine lover. We chose to focus on these, for the discerning wine lover.