Italy is one of the oldest wine-producing regions of the world, since Etruscans and Romans planted their vineyards over two thousands years ago.
Today is the largest wine producer in the world, accounting for almost 20% of the global production, and also among the top wine consuming countries.
Italian wine production is especially rich and diversified, also thanks to the geographical features and favorable climate conditions of the country.
There are registered over 500 indigenous grape varieties, the most famous being red grapes as Sangiovese, Barbera, Nebbiolo, Montepulciano, Aglianico and Primitivo.
Popular for red wines, Italy produces also some interesting white wines, among the best known are Trebbiano, Verdicchio, Friulano, Vermentino and Fiano.