ITALY

Producing over 60 billion litres each year, Italy is one of the most important producers of wine in Europe. Each of the 20 regions has its own vineyards and everyday Italian life is hardly imaginable without enjoying a vino with food. Nebbiolo, Sangiovese and Barbera are some of the most important red grape varieties. Besides white grape varieties typical to Italy, it is predominantly French varieties such as Chardonnay, Pinot bianco, Sauvignon blanc and Muscato that are grown in Italy. Stylish wines such as the Pinot Grigio or the sparkling wines from the Prosecco grape have become increasingly important in recent times. The dry, warm Mediterranean climate of Sicily is ideal for excellent red wines from the Nero d`Avola grape. During its long history, Italy has also played a key role in shaping European wine culture. The Roman Empire once spanned three continents and, as such, influenced the advancement of wine cultivation in Germany, France, Austria, Portugal and Spain.