1. Italy produces more wine than any other country
Wine production may have dropped significantly within the last year, but Italy still holds first place status (followed closely by their rival, France) in wine production.
As of this year, a staggering 39,300 hectolitres of wine have been produced by the country.
2. Italian wine has a long history
Italian wine has been produced for over 4,000 years, and is considered the perfect environment to grow wine, largely due to the country’s climate (which is perfect for viticulture).
In fact, when the Greeks first stepped foot in Southern Italy, wine had already become a part of the Italian ‘everyday’ lifestyle.
3. Quality levels are kept exceptionally high
Italians take pride in their grape cultivation and wine production. As a result, two thirds of the country’s wine is of either DOP (39 percent) or IGP (30 percent) status. Both labels promise a bottle of wine’s authenticity and quality, however there are a few subtle differences:
IGP (“Protected Geographical Information”) – this certificate ensures that at least part of the produce and production process were from, or took place in, the specified origin/region
DOP (“Protected Designation of Origin”) – this certificate promises that all produce and means of production are carried out in a strictly defined area
4. There’s a ‘grape’ variety to choose from
Italy has an extensive grape variety, with the country growing and using more than 400 types of grapes to produce the eclectic range of wines they do today.
Italy’s top three grapes in terms of production levels by region, are:
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