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Category: Feature Articles

Holiday Wine Gift Ideas from Central Italy

Last week we suggested holiday gift ideas from northern Italy.  If you didn’t get to your shopping or couldn’t find anything that fit your gift list last week, here are ideas from the heart of Italy. As with every region in Italy, you’ll find both the familiar and some surprises. Whether you want to find […]

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Holiday Gift Ideas from Northern Italy

Although there are only twelve days of Christmas, there are 20 Italian wine regions to choose from when trying to find that perfect gift for the wine lover on your list. This week we go to the north, home of a deep and broad bench of powerful reds and whites, as well as a multitude […]

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Regional Roundup: Veneto

The locomotive of the Italian wine train is the region of Veneto (pronounced VAY-neh-toh or VEH-neh-toh, but not veh-NEE-toh), which is responsible for nearly a quarter of all of Italy’s wine production. It is located in the northeast of the country, stretching from the Alps to the Adriatic Sea. On Veneto’s Adriatic coast is its […]

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Regional Roundup: Marche

This month, we turn the spotlight on the Italian region of Marche. Le Marche (lay MAR-kay), occasionally referred to by the English equivalent The Marches, is located on the eastern (Adriatic) coast of the Italian peninsula and is best known for white wines made from Verdicchio, with its hallmark high acidity. One of Italy’s lesser-known […]

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The Hills of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Become a World Heritage Site

“Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration.” —UNESCO The terrain of the Conegliano Valdobbiadene hills is one of Italy’s key areas noted for “heroic viticulture” due to the challenges […]

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Tullum Becomes Italy’s 75th DOCG

Second DOCG for Abruzzo Posted July 10, 2019 The Abruzzese denomination Tullum, aka Terre Tollesi, has become the first Italian DOC to be elevated to DOCG status in 8 years, raising the count of DOCGs to 75. Tullum DOCG will primarily feature varietal wines made from red Montepulciano and whites Passerina and Pecorino. An obscure […]

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Profile: Soave

Posted December 20, 2017 Summary: Soave DOC is Veneto’s most prestigious denomination for still white wine, made primarily from Garganega. The wines produced in the hilly Classico subzone are the most highly regarded, while the collocated Soave Superiore DOCG is on its way out. A small amount of sweet dessert wine is produced in the […]

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Profile: Lugana

Posted May 30, 2017 Summary: Lugana DOC is a small denomination that straddles the border between Lombardy and Veneto and produces only white wines from the high-quality Turbiana grape variety, also known as Trebbiano di Lugana. Location: Lugana lies south of Italy’s largest lake, Lago di Garda, partly in Veneto and partly in Lombardy. The […]

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Report from Vinitaly 2017

The 51st annual Vinitaly trade fair, the world’s largest wine event (by at least some measures) and an unparalleled showcase for Italian wine, took place (as always) in Verona, Italy, April 9–12. Vinitaly is part spectacle, part family reunion, part madhouse, part study hall, and entirely worth the price of admission. The scale of this […]

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