22 growing regions

Description to Italy

Italy is one of the oldest wine-producing countries, the beginnings reach back at least to 1,000 BC. At that time, in central Italy, the Etruscan on, the areas of the four regions today Abruzzo. Lazio. Tuscany and Umbria populated. The origin of Italian wine culture lies mainly in the Greek colonization, with the 10th century BC. Beginning on the island Sicily such as Campania and Calabria Greek viticulture was brought to the peninsula. The Greeks brought many of their grape varieties called the ideal for viticulture land Oinotria (Land of vines raised on stakes). Likewise, at that time, those who later became the great enemy Phoenicians (Punier), who built bases on Sicily and in the Mediterranean, exert an influence. From the 6th century BC Chr. Began a busy trade with the Celts in Gaul (France), which imported considerable quantities of wine from Upper and Central Italy.

The Romans also learned from all these peoples and led winemaking to high art. In the 3rd century BC BC, the grapevine was widely distributed and in the 1st century BC. Chr. Reached the wine culture a climax. The town Pompeii was until its destruction by the Vesuvius eruption 79 v. Chr. Chr. The wine trade center and main supplier for the capital Rome. The most famous ancient wines at that time were Caecubian. Falernian and Surrentine, The Romans established vineyards in the newly acquired provinces in today's countries France, Spain, Portugal, Germany and England. Wine became an import and export item, and the Romans were already producing wooden barrels, and they did so from the Celts (Gauls) had learned.

Many Roman authors wrote about the viticulture and wine culture z. T. very extensive works and thus allow a very accurate picture. The spectrum ranges from purely scientific (doctrinal) writings on poetic portrayals to descriptions of the dining and drinking culture, It should be emphasized Satyricon, a portrait of the Roman upper classes. The most important authors in chronological order are Cato the Elder (234-149 BC), Virgil (70-19 BC), Horace (65-8 BC), ovid (43 BC to 8 AD), Columella (1st half 1st cent.), Petronius (14-66) Pliny the Elder (23-79) and Palladius (4th century). Wine became the cultural carrier of the first order, in continuation of the Greek Dionysos cult enjoyed the wine god Bacchus great worship. The Romans were very creative in wine-making techniques. A specialty was that flavoring to make the wine tastier and more durable.

It was already pearling wine by storing the amphorae produced in cold spring water (fermentation interruption). In the first century AD, the focus was on the breeding of grape varieties and tried to find the most suitable vine for each soil. Many of today's autochthonous vines come from the then cultivated ancient grape varieties from. Due to the collapse of the Roman Empire in the 5th century and the turmoil of the migration of peoples, the wine culture fell into oblivion and was only by religious monasteries of the Roman Catholic church through production of the measuring wine maintained.

There was a great boom at the beginning of the Renaissance in the 14th century. In order to revive viticulture, Pope Paul III. (1468-1549) cast a spell over the French wine and provided detailed overviews of the Italian wine of the time. As early as 1716, under Grand Duke Cosimo III. (1642-1723) from the family of Medici In Tuscany, the wine areas for the Chianti set, Italy was thus one of the first countries with Origin designation, But it was not until the 19th century, when French types of wine were created, such as Barolo, Brunello and Chianti, that a new start was made.

Wine regions

The soil is characterized by great diversity, but the climate has common influence despite local differences. The Alps protect against cold north winds, and the Apennines form a 1,500-kilometer weather divide from Piedmont in the north to Sicily in the south. The Mediterranean to the east and the Tyrrhenian Sea to the west of the boot as well as the numerous rivers and lakes have a decisive effect. The best regions have temperatures between 12 and 16 ° C, sufficient snow and rainfall in winter and warm to hot summers with sunshine until late in the fall. The vineyards are created from sea level up to 1,000 meters high. The 20 wine-growing regions agree with the political boundaries of the regions:

Region (German)

Region (ital.)



Abruzzo Abruzzo L'Aquila 33,000
aosta Valley Valle d'Aosta Aosta 500
Apulia Puglia Bari 88,000
Basilicata Basilicata or Lucania Potenza 4000
Emilia-Romagna Emilia-Romagna Bologna 52,000
Friuli-Venezia Giulia Friuli-Venezia Giulia Trieste 24,000
Calabria Calabria Catanzaro 9500
Campania Campania Napoli 24,000
Lazio Latio Romany 19,500
Liguria Liguria Genoa 1500
Lombardy Lombardia Milano 22,500
Brands Marche Ancona 17,500
Molise Molise Campobasso 6000
Piedmont Piemonte Torino 47,500
Sardinia Sardegna former Tinakria Cagliari 26,500
Sicily Sicilia Palermo 101000
Tuscany Toscana Firenze 58,000
Trentino-Alto Adige Trentino-Alto Adige Trento 15,500
Umbria Umbria Perugia 13,000
Veneto Veneto Venezia 80,000

Grape varieties and vineyards

In the early 1990s, the vineyard was still well over a million hectares, but due to subsidized clearing programs of the European Union around 200,000 hectares were reduced. In 2012, 45.6 million hectoliters of wine were produced by 713,000 hectares. This puts Italy in the top spot worldwide and is a knight France and Spain for the first place (see under Wine production volumes ). Wine is cultivated from the north of the country (Trentino Alto Adige) to the deepest south (Sicily) and on the islands in the Mediterranean Sea. However, the DOC and DOCG zones account for only about one fifth of wine production. There are around two million grape growers, 340,000 cellars and 45,000 wine bottlers. With over 2,000 different grape varieties, Italy has most of the world, not a few of them antique (Greek) origin. Of these, however, "only" 400 are officially approved. Of the Blend 2010 with the top 45 (ex Kym Anderson ):



Synonyms / Italian name


Sangiovese red Brunello. Prugnolo gentile, Nielluccio 71619
Montepulciano red Cordisco, Morellone 34824
Catarratto Bianco White CB Comune, CB Lucido 34794
Merlot red - 28042
Trebbiano Toscano White Trebbiano di Cesena, Tália, Ugni Blanc 22702
Barbera red B. Amaro, B. d'Asti, B. Dolce 20524
Chardonnay White - 19709
Glera White until 2009 Prosecco Teran Bijeli 18255
Pinot gris White Pinot Grigio 17281
Nero d'Avola red Calabrese, Niureddu Calavrisi 16595
Trebbiano Romagnolo White T. della Fiamma, T. di Romagna 15893
Garganega White Grecanico Dorato 15375
Cabernet Sauvignon red Cabernet 13724
Tribidrag / Zinfandel red Primitivo 12234
Muscat Blanc White Moscato Bianco, Moscato Reale 11506
Negroamaro red Abbruzzese, Purcinara 11460
Trebbiano Giallo White Greco di Velletri, T. dei Castelli, T. di Spagna 10,664
Aglianico red Aglianico del Vulture 9910
Malvasia Bianca di Candia White M. Bianca, M. di Candia, M. Rossa 9231
Corvina Veronese red C. Comune, C. Gentile, C. Nostrana, Cruina 7477
Syrah red - 6739
Garnacha Tinta red Cannonau, Tai Rosso, Vernaccia Nera 6372
Cabernet Franc red Cabernet Frank 6314
Grillo White Ariddu, Riddu, Rossese Bianco 6295
Inzolia White Ansonica, Insolia 6133
Dolcetto red Dolcetto Nero, Nibièu, Nibiò, Ormeasco 6128
Croatina red Bonarda, Nebbiolo di Gattinara, Neretto 5684
Nebbiolo red Chiavennasca, N. del Piemonte, Picotèner 5536
Trebbiano d'Abruzzo White T. Abruzzese, T. Campolese, T. di Teramo 5091
Vermentino White Favorita, Pigato 5046
Pinot Noir red Pinot Nero 5046
Lambrusco Salamino red Lambrusco Galassi, Lambrusco di Santa Croce 5003
Ancellotta red A. di Massenzatico, Ancellotti, Lancellotta 4343
Gaglioppo red G. di Cirò, Galloppo, Lacrima Nera 4214
Sauvignon Blanc White Pellegrina, Sauvignon Bianco 3744
Verdicchio Bianco White Trebbiano di Lugana, Trebbiano di Soave 3526
Pinot Blanc White Pinot Bianco 3086
Falanghina White F. Beneventana, F. Flegrea 3037
Cortese White Corteis, Cortese Bianca 2953
Sauvignonasse White Friulano, Tai, Tuchì (formerly Tocai Friulano) 2911
Nerello Mascalese red Mascalese Nera, Nerello Calabrese 2883
Lambrusco Grasparossa red Lambrusco di Castelvetro, Scorzamara 2726
Biancame White B. dalla Forcella, B. Maschio, B. Nostrano 2599
Nero di Troia red Somarello, Uva di Troia 2572
Rondinella red Nessuno Conosciuto 2479

wine law

Until after the Second World War it was more like mass. From the 1960s, a profound change took place. The first area where the "Italian wine miracle" made itself felt was Chianti Classico in Tuscany, where a radical break with the past was made. Contributing to this include the wineries Antinori. Frescobaldi and Ricasoli in this region as well as later Ca 'del Bosco crucial in Lombardy. In the last third of the 20th century, Italian wine has changed extremely positively. With a new wine law in 1963, the new quality designation "Denominazione di Origine Controllata" (DOC) was introduced, which contributed significantly to the quality improvement. The first DOC wine was in 1966 Vernaccia di San Gimignano named. Only in 1980 followed the highest level "Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita" (DOCG). Other changes took place in 1992, according to Minister of Agriculture Giovanni Goria (1943-1994) named "Goria law" with which the stage IGT was introduced.

Wine categories : In August 2009, the EU wine market regulations became valid for all member countries with fundamental changes to the wine names and quality levels. There are the following new names or quality levels (see also in detail under quality system ):

  • Vino (formerly Vino da Tavola or ) = Wine
  • IGP or the alternative possible old name IGT = country wine
  • DOP or the alternative possible old designations DOC and DOCG = quality wine

In April 2010, the new national wine law came into force, replacing the 1992 Decree No. 164. It was not content with the mere adaptation to the new EU law, but made a few substantive innovations. The old and new names may be used alternatively or together. This option is therefore available in order to avoid a "flattening" of the DOCG to the DOC, since both would be unified with the exclusive use of DOP and DOCG yes is still to make quality DOC. In summary, there are now stricter and clearer rules.

Vino : The old name "VdT" (Vino da Tavola) is now prohibited as in general in all EU member countries. There are wines without and with indication of the grape varieties and / or the vintage.

IGT (Indicazione Geografica Tipica) or IGP (Indicazione Geografica Protetta) :
The Vins need one analytical examination be subjected (a sensory Testing only for DOC / DOCG wines). The wine must by its nature have a typical, geographically determined characteristic. The requirements are below the DOC / DOCG or DOP level. The areas are usually much larger and sometimes cover entire regions. From the 1980s, the high quality of some IGT wines from Tuscany to the term Super-Tuscans, There are a total of 118 IGT / IGP wines with around 30% of production. An area can be an entire region such. B. Toscana include.

DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) or DOP (Denominazione di Origine Protetta) :
This quality wines PDOs must be processed and developed from defined vine varieties according to fixed quantities and methods (see below). Some DOC zones produce only one wine, others several in different colors, grape varieties or species. As a German-speaking counterpart, the name QbA (quality wine from certain growing areas) is permitted for South Tyrolean wines. The 332 DOC wines account for around 25%. They are listed in the regions.

DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) or DOP : These quality wines with controlled and guaranteed designation of origin represent the highest Italian "honorary class", which guarantees the genuineness of highly valued wines. The 74 DOCG wines account for only about 5% of production. For a complete list see below.

Grape Varieties : For DOC / DOCG or DOP wines (quality wines), only grape varieties authorized in the respective areas may be pressed. for IGT / IGP wines (land-based wines) varieties under observation are also permitted. They must be mentioned in the production regulations, which can also be done in percentage terms with a tolerance of 1% (previously only the composition in the vineyards was required). It is allowed too table grapes be vinified; the previous ban has been lifted.

Other requirements : In addition to grape varieties are the bottle shape, minimum maturation times in barrels and bottle, minimum values for alcohol content. acid and total extract (Dry extract), as well colour and Aroma, Before the marketing takes place sensory and analytical test, It is also the indication of subzone (sottozona), commune (comune), hamlet (frazione), microzone (microzona), winery (Fattoria, Cascina or Podere) and the vineyard plot ( Vigna ) for wines of extraordinary quality possible. This will increase the importance of ancestry even more emphasized.

Additional quality designations : Three terms characterize a special quality of quality wines. The term Classico designates traditional areas of origin or soil type and climatic higher quality or favored core zones within a DOC / DOCG or DOP area. For example, there is a DOCG area Chianti and a DOCG area Chianti Classico, With higher alcohol content, lower yield limits and / or longer maturation time are the terms Superiore and or Riserva allowed.

DOCG wines

DOCG wines are usually the absolute best of Italian wines. If wines have maintained their quality for at least five years, they will be granted DOC and, at the earliest, another five years' DOCG status. It can theoretically also be a single, outstanding one brand wine Get DOCG status if he "honors Italy", but has not done so yet. The very first wine classified as DOCG was in 1980 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano from Tuscany, followed in the same year by Barbaresco. Barolo and Brunello di Montalcino, It took a relatively long time, until 1987, as the first white wine from Emilia-Romagna originating Albana di Romagna was crowned. The first sparkling or foaming wines were then 1994 Asti Spumante and Moscato d'Asti from Piedmont. The list of 75 DOCG:

DOCG area (alternative name)


main grape variety


Aglianico del Taburno red Aglianico Campania
Aglianico del Vulture Superiore red Aglianico Basilicata
Albana di Romagna White Albana Emilia-Romagna
Alta Langa white, rosé Chardonnay, PN Piedmont
Amarone della Valpolicella red Corvina, Corvinone Veneto
Asti (Asti Spumante) White Moscato Bianco Piedmont
Bagnoli Friularo (Friularo di Bagnoli) red Raboso Piave Veneto
Barbaresco red Nebbiolo Piedmont
Barbera d'Asti red Barbera Piedmont
Barbera del Monferrato Superiore red Barbera Piedmont
Bardolino Superiore red Corvina Veneto
Barolo red Nebbiolo Piedmont
Brachetto d'Acqui (Acqui) red Brachetto Piedmont
Brunello di Montalcino red Brunello Tuscany
Cannelino di Frascati White Malvasia varieties Lazio
Carmignano red Sangiovese Tuscany
Castel del Monte Bombino Nero red Bombino Nero Apulia
Castel del Monte Nero di Troia Riserva red Nero di Troia Apulia
Castel del Monte Rosso Riserva red Nero di Troia Apulia
Castelli di Jesi Verdicchio Riserva White Verdicchio Brands
Cerasuolo di Vittoria red Nero d'Avola Sicily
Cesanese del Piglio red Cesanese Lazio
Chianti red Sangiovese Tuscany
Chianti Classico red Sangiovese Tuscany
Colli Asolani Prosecco White Glera Veneto
Colli Bolognesi Pignoletto White Pignoletto Emilia-Romagna
Colli di Conegliano White-red various Veneto
Colli Euganei Fior d'Arancio White Moscato Veneto
Colli Orientali del Friuli Picolit White Picolit Friuli
Conegliano-Valdobbiadene Prosecco White Glera Veneto
Conero (Rosso Conero Riserva) red Montepulciano Brands
Dogliani red Dolcetto Piedmont
Dolcetto di Diano d'Alba red Dolcetto Piedmont
Dolcetto di Ovada Superiore (Ovada) red Dolcetto Piedmont
Elba Aleatico Passito (Aleatico P. dell'Elba) red Aleatico Tuscany
Erbaluce di Caluso White Erbaluce Friuli, Veneto
Fiano di Avellino White Fiano Campania
Franciacorta white, rosé Chardonnay, PN Lombardy
Frascati Superiore White Malvasia varieties Lazio
Gattinara red Nebbiolo Piedmont
Gavi (Cortese di Gavi, Gavi di Gavi) White Cortese Piedmont
ghemme red Nebbiolo Piedmont
Greco di Tufo White Greco Bianco Campania
Lison White Tai / Friulano Friuli, Veneto
Montecucco Sangiovese red Sangiovese Tuscany
Montefalco Sagrantino red Sagrantino Umbria
Montello Rosso red Merlot, Cab. Franc Veneto
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane red Montepulciano Abruzzo
Morellino di Scansano red Morellino Tuscany
Moscato d'Asti White Moscato Bianco Piedmont
Moscato di Scanzo red Moscato di Scanzo Lombardy
Nice red Barbera Piemonte
Offida White-red various Brands
Oltrepò Pavese Metodo Classico white, rosé Pinot Noir Lombardy
Piave Malanotte (Malanotte del Piave) red Raboso Piave Veneto
Primitivo di Manduria Dolce Naturale red Primitivo Apulia
Ramandolo White verduzzo Friuli
Recioto della Valpolicella red Corvina, Rondinella Veneto
Recioto di Gambellara White Garganega Veneto
Recioto di Soave White Garganega Veneto
Roero White-red Arneis, Nebbio Piedmont
Rosazzo White Friulano Friuli
Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato red Ruchè Piedmont
Sforzato di Valtellina (Sfursat) red Chiavennasca Lombardy
Soave Superiore White Garganega Veneto
Suvereto red various Tuscany
Taurasi red Aglianico Campania
Terre Tollesi (Tullum) White-red Montepulciano and others Abruzzo
Torgiano Rosso Riserva red Sangiovese Umbria
Val di Cornia Rosso (Rosso della Val di Cornia) red Sangiovese, CS Tuscany
Valtellina Superiore red Nebbiolo Lombardy
Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva White Verdicchio Brands
Vermentino di Gallura White Vermentino Sardinia
Vernaccia di San Gimignano White Vernaccia Tuscany
Vernaccia di Serrapetrona red Vernaccia Nera Brands
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano red Sangiovese Tuscany

Institutions, committees and personalities

To the most influential Italian wine authors or wine critic Burton counted and counted among others Anderson (USA, but wrote almost exclusively about Italy), Daniele Cernilli, Giancarlo Gariglio, Fabio Giavedoni, Luigi Veronelli and Franco Ziliani, They work or publish in many wine magazines and wine guides such as Gambero Rosso. Slow Wine and Veronelli Guide, One of the most famous wine fairs counts Vinitaly,

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