Italy is currently the top wine producing country in the world. For wine lovers or guests just starting to enjoy, Italian wine is always a topic of interest. Let’s discover interesting things about Italian wine with True Wine so that you have more necessary information, confidently experience Italian wine in the right way.
Italy produces more wine than any other country
Wine production may have dropped significantly last year, but Italy still holds the top spot in terms of wine production. According to statistics, Italy produces about 4 billion – 5 billion liters a year and accounts for about a third of the world’s wine production, followed by French and Spanish wines. Not only that, Italians are also ranked 5th in terms of wine consumption with 42 liters per person.
Italian wine has a long history
Italian wine has been produced for more than 4,000 years, and the country is also considered the perfect place to grow grapes, largely because its climate is ideal for vines to grow. In fact, when the Greeks first set foot in Southern Italy, wine became part of the daily Italian lifestyle. So much so that the country is called ‘Oenotria’ (the land of wine).
Strict grading system
Italians take pride in their viticulture and wine production. As a result, two-thirds of the country’s wine is either DOP (39%) or IGP (30%). Both labels guarantee the wine bottle authenticity and quality, however there are some minor differences:
IGP – this certificate guarantees that wines are produced in a specific region in Italy and according to certain rules regarding grape use, winemaking, labeling guidelines.
DOP – this certificate is divided into two different levels for specific distinction: Vini DOC and Vini DOCG.
There are many varieties of grapes grown for Italian wine production
Italy has a wide variety of grapes with rich flavors and styles, and the country is growing and using more than 400 varieties of grapes to produce today’s wines.
The top three Italian grapes in terms of production level by region, are:
Italian wine and pasta are a perfect combination
What’s more Italian than a glass of wine and a hearty plate of pasta? Luckily, for those of you who have trouble pairing food and wine, the Italian rule of thumb is especially simple: red against red, white against white. For example:
Tomato pasta goes well with red wine
Cheese pasta goes perfectly with white wine or light red wine
Seafood noodles can be enjoyed with both light and medium white wine
Plant-based (or herb-based) noodle dishes go well with light white wines
Birthplace of Prosecco
If you attend any celebrations, parties or social gatherings, it is likely that you will be served a glass of Prosecco. This sparkling wine is the new, more affordable and popular competitor to Italian champagne and has taken the UK by storm. Prosecco wines are very popular in the world. This sparkling wine is often featured on the menus of high-class restaurants and hotels or becomes an aperitif at parties.
Italian wine is a global phenomenon
In 2016, more than 225 million cases of wine were exported around the world. The top three buying countries for Italian wine are: USA, Germany, UK. Not only that, anyone who is a wine lover cannot ignore quality wines. In particular, Italian wine is always present in the collection of wine connoisseurs.
Experience the taste of Italian wine
Italians create wine with passion, quality and the country’s historical roots. Italians are also very welcoming to guests who want to come and taste the wine. Italian winemakers are some of the greatest wine artisans in the world and although today much of the wine is mass produced. If you have the opportunity to visit Italy once, go to the vast estates, see the vast vineyards and taste the famous wines.
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