Italy blasts with grape varieties, both little known, such as some autochthonous grapes, and others more common, which are planted in vineyard sites that vary greatly from region to region.
This makes an impressively wide array of offerings and a patrimony that certainly needs to be shown to the rest of the world.
This is why Enoitalia promotes its wines from the best DOCGs, DOCs and IGTs to over 80 countries. We do this by collaborating with reliable partners from the most vocated wine areas of Italy, with whom we have established long lasting relationships.
Italian Wines GranTour
The northwest corner of Italy is home to one of the country’s most recognized wine producing regions, Piedmont, where structured reds such as Barolo, Barbaresco and also Barbera are protagonists. Piedmont is also home to the sweet Moscato Spumante, which is also in the nearby Oltrepò Pavese area.
Within a few hours drive east, Veneto is characterized by a diverse climate, terrain and terroir going from the mountains, to hills and sea. This is why Veneto offers a wide range of styles, the most important being:
- Prosecco, which is made with Glera grapes, is one of the most popular Italian sparkling wines;
- Pinot Grigio, is one of the top selling Italian still white wines sold in the USA;
- Amarone della Valpolicella, a structured and unique red that with the Valpolicella Ripasso, are the symbol of this wine area nearby Verona and of the appassimento (grape drying) winemaking tradition.
Slightly north of Verona, is Trentino and Val d’Adige with its single grape varieties wines such as Pinot Grigio, which gives its best in this area.
Going south of the boot, we encounter Abruzzo, characterized by a mountainous landscape and home to the well-known Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.
South of Abruzzo is Basilicata, the land of ancient volcanoes and where Aglianico, the king of reds, is produced.
Another important volcanic winemaking region is Campania, which is suited for white wines, such as Fiano. Puglia is slightly east of Campania, on the Adriatic Sea and home to indigenous varieties such as Primitivo (Zinfandel) and Negroamaro. Here the century old tree trellis system is still in use today.
Last but not least are our magnificent islands of Sicily and Sardinia, where nature, colors and shapes give its best. These areas are characterized by the presence of important native varietals such as Grillo, Nero d’Avola and Frappato in Sicily. Sardinia is home to Vermentino and Cannonau, which are the true expression of this island.