Winemaking Regions of Italy

Our wines hail from some of Italy’s most classic and dynamic winegrowing regions. Roll over a region to learn about winemaking in that area.

Northwest Italy

Districts

Piedmont, Lombardy, Liguria, Valle d'Aosta

Location

Bordered by the alps in the North and West, and the Ligurian Sea in the South

Climate

Winters are long and cold, with frequent incursions of fog. Summers are generally warm and followed by long autumns, which create ideal conditions for late-ripening Nebbiolo grapes.

Grape Variety

Barbara, Muscat, Nebbbiolo, Dolcetto

Fast Facts

Piedmont is most esteemed for two red wines produced here. Barolo and Barbaresco, and the world's most popular sparkling wine, Asti Spumante. Premium grape production centers on the town of Alba, renowned for smooth reds and whites.

Northeast Italy

Districts

Trentino-Alto Adige, Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia

Location

Between the Dolomites in the North and the Adriatic Sea in the South

Climate

Northeast Italy is on the sunny southern side of the Alps, protected from the damp cold of central Europe. Sea breezes keep winters fairly mild, although vintage-affecting variations in weather are common.

Grape Variety

Numerous varieties thrive here, including Pinot Grigio. Some are known by the grape varieties and others by their regionally derived names, including many French and German varieties.

Fast Facts

Collectively known as the 'Tre Venezie,' the Friuli-Venezia Giula, Veneto and Trentino-Alto Adige regions are home to excellent Pinot Grigio -the fastest growing varietal wine.

West Central Italy

Districts

Tuscany, Umbria, Latium

Location

Bordered by the Tyrrhenian Sea in the West and the Apennines in the North and East

Climate

Long and dry summers shield grapes from moisture issues such as mold, while the long growing season allows for maximum maturation and yielding fruit that is

Grape Variety

Sangiovese, Malvasia, Trebbiano

Fast Facts

It is here that winemakers challenged tradition in the late 1960's to the late 1980's and created premium wines without DOCG classification. This region continues to challenge traditional winemaking, bringing a modern touch to Italian classics.

East Central Italy

Districts

Emilia-Romagna, Abruzzi, Molise, The Marches

Location

Runs the length of the Adriatic Coast

Climate

Hot and dry with ample sunshine. Winters are tempered by Mediterranean breezes.

Grape Variety

Numerous, the most notable including Verdicchio, Trebbiano, and Montepulciano

Fast Facts

This region produces the, and its most popular export has been Lambrusco. Recently, winegrowers have introduced non-traditional varieties to the area such as Chardonnay, while improving Lambrusco and continually exploring the many unique and interesting varietals native to this region.

Southern Italy and the Islands

Districts

Sardinia, Sicily, Campania, Apulia, Basilicata, Calabria

Location

Includes the Mediterranean islands and the southern-most area of Italy

Climate

Warm and dry, mostly hilly,and tempered by maritime winds

Grape Variety

Numerous, but led by Primitivo, Minutolo (previously known as Fiano), Negroamaro and Uva di Troia, a Greek grape originating in the ancient town of Troy; both are cultivated mostly in Puglia.

Fast Facts

Calabria is one of the most ancient wine producing areas in Italy – with production dating to the 6th century.