Italy is divided into 20 regions, all of which produce excellent wine. If you have a limited time in Italy and want to be sure that you sample the best that the country has to offer, you will want to focus in on a few key regions particularly known on an international level for their wine production.
Perhaps the best known region in Italy, Tuscany is home to popular destinations such as Florence and Pisa, as well as the famous Chianti wine. Chianti is produced mainly from Sangiovese grapes, and is a very dry wine with a finish often compared to tart cherries. Brunello di Montalcino is another local wine produced from Sangiovese grapes, grown in the Montalcino area of Tuscany. It is full-bodied and dry with a concentrated flavour that is best enjoyed after it has aged for at least 15 years. Cheap flights to Rome provide easy access to the Tuscany region for those wishing to sample local wines
There are also cheap flights to Venice which drop you directly in the middle of another prime location to taste premium Italian wine. The Veneto region is known for two red wines produced from its Corvina grapes, including Valpolicella and Amarone. Amarone is a full-bodied, dry, and fruity wine, while Valpolicella is medium-bodied, dry, and less tannic. Venice is also a great place to sample the local Soave white wine, produced from Garganega grapes. It is dry, crisp, and light-bodied, with fruity notes of peach and apple.
To the north of Tuscany lies the Piedmont region, currently one of the most important wine-producing regions in the world. No wine lover's trip to Italy would be complete without going wine tasting in Piedmont. Barolo is one of the most highly appreciated wines from this region, produced from Nebbiolo grapes and with an intense complexity of flavours blending earthy tones with aromas of strawberries and even tar. It is best after aging at least ten years. A similar wine to Barolo is Barbaresco, but it is considered to be more accessible to wine novices, because it is lighter in body and slightly less complex. Asti is a sweet, fruity, sparkling wine produced from Moscato grapes in Piedmont, while Gavi is a crisp option with notes of honey and apples for those who enjoy white wines.
The southern region of Italy also has a variety of delicious wine, particularly in the Puglia region to the east. Salice Salentino is an intense wine produced from Negroamaro grapes and has a sterling reputation, as well as the similar Castel del Monte. Sicily is also an easy destination to reach from Puglia, worth visiting for its fortified Marsala wine and simple table reds.