Vino 2011 - Italian Wine Week
Vino 2011 – Italian Wine Week will be showcasing five unique wine producing regions: Puglia, Friuli-Venezia Giula, Lombardia, Toscana, and Veneto. These regions exhibit a broad range of grape varietals and styles, from North all the way to the heel of Italy.
Puglia was once known only for its bulk wine, but has recently started to prove it can produce higher-quality wine as well. Its three most prominent wines are Uva di Troia, Primitivo, and Negroamaro which are all reds, but the region produces white wines as well.
Friuli-Venezia Giula, usually called Friuli, has a viticultural triple play and excellent grapes. It is typically known for its white grapes, such as Fiulano, Ribolla Gialla, and Malvasia. It is also known for immigrant white grapes like Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, and its reds like Schiopettino and Pignolo.
Lombardia ranks fourth in DOC production and has five DOCG wines: Franciacorta, Valtellina Superiore, Sfozato della Valtellina, Oltrepo Pavese, and Moscata di Scanzo.
Toscana is one of the most well known regions, producing classic reds from the native Sangiovese grape: Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Chianti and Carmignano, as well as new styles of whites. It produces 8 DOCGs and 34 DOCs.
Veneto is Italy’s largest wine producer, mostly white wine. It is incredibly well known for its Soave, Pinot Grigio, and Prosecco.
Aside from producing fantastic wines, these regions are also incredibly rich in history. Many wines from these regions will be presented to tasters at Vino 2011 – Italian Wine Week.