In Italy Barolo is called “the king of wines” and this nickname is well deserved for its long history, its excellent characteristics and international prestige and popularity. Not everybody knows that the histories of Barolo and the Italian nation are connected by the same advocate: a man generally known as Cavour.
Chianti is one of the most famous Italian wines in the world, typically associated with a squat bottle enclosed in a straw basket, the “fiasco”.
Chianti region (and wine) has been crucial in the history of Tuscany and central Italy, being a major source of income for the local duchy. This is the reason why in 1716 Chianti area become the first appellation of origin of the history, protecting the important wine from counterfeit and imitations.
During the centuries, the Chianti area has changed many times, as well as the recipes to produce the wine, and many different sub-regions have been created: this often creates confusion in the consumer that can’t fully understand the label on the bottle.
A main source of confusion is the difference between Chianti and Chianti Classico wines, so we created this infographic to summarize the major discrepancies.
The Nosiola vine is one of the many Italian native grapes, a spectacular and very distinctive variety that enriches the already various northern Italy landscape.
The name of this grape, which reminds the Italian word for hazelnut “nocciola”, may come from its typical ending aroma (hazelnut indeed) but also from its typical crunchy and golden berries.
We know that Italy is among the world’s biggest producers of wine and is the lead of the sparkling wines exporters chart. It is a very interesting producer also for historical reasons and has a uniquely wide vine panorama, with more than 500 native grapes, grown next to the main international varieties. But what are Italy’s most grown vines? Here’s an infographic with a quick overview!
We know that Italy is among the world’s biggest producers of wine and is the lead of the sparkling wines exporters chart, as Prosecco surpassed Champagne in 2014.
Italy is a very interesting producer also for historical reasons and for having a uniquely wide vine panorama, with more than 500 native grapes, besides the main international varieties. But what are Italy’s most grown vines?
Wine has gone through many different ages in its history, and most of them have seen it as celebrated nectar always enriching the table of rich and noble classes. During the Middle Ages, though, wine has been almost completely forgotten, producing plants destroyed and vines lost forever. Luckily, the Christian Church saved wine from extinction: as wine is a key element in religious functions, clergy kept growing grapes, producing wine and improve the vinification techniques.
Like many other grape varieties, Pignolo is one of the lucky ones that has been saved just in time.
We just recently began enjoying the products of this amazing vine, as it was considered Sangiovese until the ampelographic analysis of the 1970s. This mistake was probably due to the massive cultivation of Sangiovese grapes in the Montepulciano area, in Tuscany.