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Attention, Wine Lovers: You Really Need To Visit Southern Italy

Attention, Wine Lovers: You Really Need To Visit Southern Italy | Italia Mia |

From the rolling hillsides in Benevento to the steeply terraced vineyards of the Amalfi Coast, the ancient region of Campania offers homegrown wines that are as varied as the landscapes. Here, Momofuku's beverage director, Jordan Salcito—who produces her own private label in Campania—explains why southern Italy should be on every wine lover's map. [...]

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The wines of southern Italy are bold, full-bodied, and satisfying. Read more on [source]

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10 Reasons to Drink "Real" Italian Wine

10 Reasons to Drink "Real" Italian Wine | Italia Mia |

Their wine reads like a story in a bottle, a liquid recollection of place and people....

By "real" Italian wine, I mean quality wine made by artisan vintners: stewards of land and culture, who grow grapes with organic, biodynamic or sustainable methods and who intervene minimally in the cellar. Their wine reads like a story in a bottle, a liquid recollection of place and people. [...]

Mariano Pallottini's insight:

Why drink "real" Italian wine?

  1. Good for the planet.
  2. Skip the headache.
  3. Funky native grape varieties
  4. Become a terroirist
  5. Travel (vicariously and actually)
  6. Meet the vintners
  7. Be an Individual in a Community
  8. Connect to culture
  9. Discover the Food
  10. The Pleasure of Taste
Wendy Yackimec's curator insight, May 1, 2015 10:56 AM

I agree with all these reasons. Definitely headache free, food friendly and also some great aperitif wine.

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Umbria: Wines from the green heart of Italy - BrowsingItaly

Umbria: Wines from the green heart of Italy - BrowsingItaly | Italia Mia |
Umbria, has an ancient tradition of vine cultivation, and today, together with high quality wine production, offers a plethora of outstanding wines.

Umbria was included among the top 10 best wine travel destinations 2014 by the American wine magazine Wine Enthusiast.

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The Wines of Tuscany

The Wines of Tuscany | Italia Mia |

Italian wines are some of the most famous in the world,  and Tuscan wines include some of the best wines in Italy. The aim of this article is to provide a simple guide to Tuscan wines. Read all, click on the photo.

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The Wines of Umbria

The Wines of Umbria | Italia Mia |

Wine production in Umbria dates back to ancient times. Archaeological artifacts show evidence that the Etruscans engaged in viticulture along the banks of the Tiber River well before the Romans here. But when they did arrive, they too developed a taste for these wines. Around the 12th century, Orvieto was a summer retreat for the Popes, and the then thick, sweet white wine from this area was shipped daily to Rome.

Umbria is landlocked, and enclosed on three sides by the Apennines mountains, but the many rivers that flow through the region bring with them warmer air from the Mediterranean. The interplay of these warmer air currents with the cool air that flows down from the Apennines provides the ideal environment for viticulture. But winemaking in Umbria has always competed with olive oil production and grain cultivation.

Centuries ago, rather than the neatly manicured vineyards we see today, the grapevines were interspersed among trees such as maple, elm, and even olive. The trees acted as natural trellises, raising the grapes off the ground so they could ripen without rotting. As recently as the 1970s, wine production in Umbria was basically a farmhouse operation making wines for local consumption. Today, a few of these family producers have transformed themselves embracing modern production methods and controls, and are now producing high quality wines worthy of international attention.

There are now 13 DOC and 2 DOCG wine zones in Umbria. A few of the distinctive wines you will find in this region are:

  • Grechetto [..]
  • Torgiano Rosso Riserva DOCG [...]
  • Sagrantino di Montefalco [...]
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Italian Grapes: a world to discover

Italian Grapes: a world to discover | Italia Mia |

Italy is home to large amount of grape varieties. Sangiovese, Barbera and Montepulciano d’Abruzzo are well-known throughout the world and are the basis for many fantastic wines. Most known where these grapes are grown but what is with Fiano d’Avellino, Vermentino, Aglianico or Corvina? The latter one for example is the basis for all Amarone wines.

Here is an alphabetical list most Italian grape varieties. The most important ones are highlighted.

  • Albana (white)

Native grape of the Emilia-Romagna. Albana di Romagna DOCG is famous throughout Italy.

  • Aglianico (red)

Primarily grown in Campania and Basilicata. Aglianico del Vulture DOCG is a stunning wine from Basilicata.

  • Aleatico (red)

Often found in Puglia and other Southern Italian regions. Many desert wines are made from this grape.

  • Arneis (white)

This grape has its home in Piedmont. Mostly grown in the hills northwest of Alba. Roero DOC wines made with Arneis are usually dry, full body white wines. Grappa is also manufactured from Arneis grapes.

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Prosecco: A toast to Italy's finest fizz

Prosecco: A toast to Italy's finest fizz | Italia Mia |
Susy Atkins escapes the crowds and heads for prosecco country – the secret "garden of Venice" where the zesty, fashionable wine is made
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Piedmont wine route: top 10 guide - by

Piedmont wine route: top 10 guide - by | Italia Mia |

Taste the best of Italy’s Piedmont region on this route through Langhe and Roero, enjoying its outstanding barolo and barbaresco wines, staying at vineyard B&BS and eating at traditional osterie

Even in the midst of summer, the idyllic vineyard landscapes of Piedmont are rarely invaded by crowds of tourists, and the run-up to the grape harvests, beginning in September, can be an ideal time to visit winemakers, who have more time than usual to let visitors taste their vintages. [...]

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Tasting the Unknown: A Visit to Two Italian Wineries

Tasting the Unknown: A Visit to Two Italian Wineries | Italia Mia |

One thing’s for certain when it comes to studying wine: there’s always something new to learn. Just when you think you’ve got a grasp on a certain grape or wine region, a new growing area gets recognized or a unique wine style emerges or a change to production requirements takes place.  The ever-evolving nature of wine is what makes studying it as exciting as it is challenging! ...traveling through Italy that I learned just how diverse the country is when it comes to its grapes and wine styles. There are more varieties than I’ll ever be able to taste in my lifetime, so it was a real treat to spend time drinking my way through lesser known Italian regions and learning about grapes that I knew little to nothing about. [...]

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The history of Italian wine, on display in Rome

The history of Italian wine, on display in Rome | Italia Mia |

Before Italy became a united country, and even before the Vatican or the Roman empire, Italian wine was well known throughout Europe.
“The ancient Greeks called ancient Italy 'Enotria,' the land of wine. You need to imagine that in that time, Italy was sprinkled with vineyards. There were vineyards everywhere.”
“The Culture of Wine in Italy” portrays the history of this drink in the Mediterranean country. Next to the statues of the pagan God Bacchus are painting of Christ, as well as a Picasso drawing. They all have one thing in common: wine.
The exhibit also shows how the wine is made, and the different varieties, according to each Italian region.
In addition, the art show combines traditional to more advanced art techniques. All in the quest to discover why humans have drank wine from the beginning of time.
“The secret of wine, even beyond it's mythological, religious, and symbolic implications, is that people liked it. Of course, it left them in happy spirits.”
The exhibit is open until November 30. It's a small preview for the 2015 Milan Expo. After so many years, Italians have learned that without wine, there is no celebration.

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Tuscany’s Gold Coast

Tuscany’s Gold Coast | Italia Mia |

Now that the land rush is subsiding, the true worth of the region’s vineyards is being reflected in spectacular wines.
The Viale dei Cipressi offers an unforgettable journey to those who travel down its path. At approximately three miles in length—with 2,000 columnar trees on either side of the gently undulating avenue—it’s said to be the longest cypress-lined road in the world.
The road cuts a route across coastal Tuscany, from the shimmering Tyrrhenian Sea to hilly brush, slicing through some of the world’s most prized vineyards along the way. The strada provinciale starts at the octagonal San Guido chapel at the shore and finishes inland, at the gates of the medieval Castello di Bolgheri.
The Viale dei Cipressi represents a cultural, historical and environmental continuum by which the entire area is measured. But in spiritual terms, this glorious passageway leads to the Shangri-La of Italian wine.
Three-quarters up the Viale dei Cipressi on the right is the 42-acre vineyard of Sassicaia, named after the many stones (sassi in Italian) that pepper its gravelly clay soils. This vineyard lends its name to the wine that fulfills the enormity of Italy’s enological promise.
“We are all children of Sassicaia,” says vintner Michele Satta, whose eponymous estate produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Sangiovese. “It is the inspiration for all Italian wine past, present and future.”
That inspiration drives the exciting work underway in coastal Tuscany. Previously known as the birthplace of super Tuscans—a passé catch-all name for iconic wines made outside obsolete Italian Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) and Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) regulations—Tuscany’s coast now bustles with a new generation of pioneering vintners.
From concept wines without roots (like the nebulous super Tuscan category), the region’s vintners now pursue wines in tune with their geographic origins comparable to the greatest appellations of Tuscany: Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti Classico and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
The emphasis has clearly swung in favor of territory, territory, territory.
The 120-mile coastline that extends from the port city of Livorno to the postcard-perfect hilltop town of Capalbio is home to six wine regions, plus the island of Elba. Each possesses unique climatic and geologic conditions, grape varieties and individual wines.

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