Category Archives: Italian Wine Regions

Italian Wine Regions: Abruzzo

Abruzzo [say it: ah-BRUT-zo], on the east coast of central Italy, is a region full of color:  the deep blue of the Adriatic sea, the grey of the mountains and castles from centuries past, greens of the national parks, and … Continue reading

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Italian Wine Regions: Friuli-Venezia Giulia

This northern region snuggled up closely with Slovenia has a long history (evidence suggests 20,000 years of human occupation) and with it a very interesting viticultural one too.  The Friuli territory has been on the wine map for quite some … Continue reading

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There’s Something About Montalcino: The Micro-Terroir Debate

To subdivide or not to subdivide…that is the question! Wine-o’s who love a serious red wine probably already know about Tuscany’s precious red gem of Brunello di Montalcino.  But what do you know about the region’s micro-terroirs?  These seemingly small … Continue reading

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Italian Wine Regions: Campania

Campania is not only the home region of Naples and pizza- it also has a long history with viticulture (=grape growing) and viniculture (=wine making).  Long before the Roman Empire’s well-known romance with wine, the Etruscans, the Aurunci and the … Continue reading

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Italian Wine Regions: Lazio

Lazio, once known as Latium, this area of the Italian peninsula has been inhabited by people for a long time….we’re talking since the 19th century BC at least!  Of course back then, this wasn’t “Italy” yet and the folks living … Continue reading

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Under the Castelfiorentino Sun

I’m just back in Rome after spending 2 weeks in the Chianti region’s rolling hills!  Unfortunately I was doing very little wine tasting because I was working with Italian children at a Summer Camp but I did manage drink in … Continue reading

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Italian Wine Regions: Piedmont

PIEDMONT Grapes and wine-making were first introduced to this Northern Italian region by the Greeks, much like the rest of Italy, being cultivated and pressed afterwards by the Romans (whose love for wine was responsible for many advances in wine … Continue reading

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