Throughout history, Italians have cultivated the vine wherever they have settled. As the Romans colonized Europe, they introduced viticulture to much of the continent.
Today Italy resembles one endless vineyard. The vines stretch across a range of climates, from the slopes of the Alps in the north to the island of Sicily off the tip of the Italian boot, producing more than 300 different wines in 20 distinct regions. It's no wonder that Italy produces more wine than any other country.
Italian winegrowing has traditionally been dominated by a rich array of regionally important varieties such as Sangiovese and Nebbiolo.
With the new generation of Italian winemakers in the 1980s and 1990s and an increasingly savvy and demanding world wine market, wineries have...