The Italian peninsula, with its fanlike top and boot like body, has the most recognizable shape of any country on earth. Italy is a small land, yet its role in the wine world is huge. It is home to some of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world, and celebrated internationally for its broad variety. Representing ⅓ of global production, Italy boasts more than one million vineyards under its belt.
Etruscans and Greek settlers first produced wine before the Romans started their own vineyards in the 2nd century BC. Roman winemaking was well organized, using storage techniques such as barreling and bottling. The country became a unified nation in 1861, with many different cultures still existing - Regional pride runs stronger than national pride. Italian wines reflect the unique cultural distinction of its regions.
Italy has over 350 recognized native grape varieties, many of which are only successfully grown in Italy; Sangiovese, Barbera and Trebbiano are widespread prestigious varietals, while Nebbiolo, Verdicchio, Lambrusco, Negroamaro, and Nero d’Avola are uniquely regional.
What makes Italy an ideal and unique territory for growing grapes is its unique combination of natural conditions. The mild maritime climate and the generous Mediterranean vegetation leave an imprint on the personality of the vines. The foothills of the mountains provide ideal slopes for vineyards, as well as higher latitudes for cool climate grape growing.
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