It probably won’t come as a surprise to you that Italy produces the most wine in the world! Italy produces around 45-50 million hl (hectolitres – hundred cubic decimetres) per year, which accounts for around 1/3 of the world’s wines. Some of this is then enjoyed in its origin country, but most of it is exported all over the world. France comes in at a close second place, and Spain is in third.
Over the last few years, Prosecco has become a favourite drink in the UK as a cheaper alternative to Champagne. There are around 150 million bottles of Italian Prosecco produced annually, and it becomes particularly popular in the summer! Unlike Champagne, Prosecco does not need to be aged; a typical bottle is aged for a maximum of three years or seven years for an extra special vintage.
Now, this is somewhat of a theory rather than a set in stone fact, but one of the reasons that wine typically comes in a 750ml glass bottle is because it was the average lung capacity of a glass blower. Therefore, the bottle could be created in one blow.
With more than 2,000 varieties of grape, there’s no wonder that the variety in taste between one bottle and another can vary greatly. Some of the most popular white grape varieties are Trebbiano and Catarratto, and the most popular reds include Sangiovese, Barbera, Montepulciano, Nero D’Avola and Primitivo.
If you were living in a country producing wine, it would only make sense to treat yourself to a tipple or two to support the local trade. That means that they’re drinking around one litre of wine per week, and many have made claims on the health benefits of doing so as wine contains antioxidants. It should, however, always be enjoyed in moderation.
The 20 wine regions of Italy are as follows: Veneto, Tuscany, Piedmont, Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy, Umbria, Abruzzo, Trentino Alto-Adige, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Marche, Puglia, Lazio, Sicily, Sardinia, Campania, Liguria, Calabria, Molise, Basilicata and Valle d’Aosta.
If you’re somewhat of a wine-enthusiast, then why not make add visiting all 20 regions to your bucket list?
With beautiful holiday villas available in regions such as Tuscany, Sicily, Sardinia, some of which are located in and around fine vineyards.
Wine Adore in collaboration with Mocean Tribe www.moceantribe.com will be planning dream experiences soon, stay tuned!
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