The Wines of Central Italy
It is not a surprising fact that some of the best wines do in fact come from Italy. With a diverse culture and a landscape consisting of vineyards that goes as far as the eye can see, it is easy to understand why. Toscana and Umbria produces some of the best wines Italy has to offer. With rows of vines grown just about everywhere, it is understandable why Central Italy is popular for their delicious wine creations. The wine from Central Italy definitely takes you back to a simpler time when all we needed was good flavors and beautiful surroundings.
Many of the main cities in Central Italy are best known to those who do not live in Italy. Tourist is increasing and this means positive growth for local businesses. You can find some of the best cheeses and cured meat in this region. Think of a traditional Italian dish paired with a beautiful glass of wine. Keep this in mind and surround yourself with nature, laughter and good company. This is the picture I have in mind when I think of Central Italy.
Allow me to take you on a trip to Central Italy, while we look at some of the best wines and places you can experience.
The people of Abruzzi live a simple life, but you cannot take the hearty traditional dishes away from them. Culture is important and is treasured in this region. Montepulciano d”Abruzzo is one of their popular wines and exported at an affordable retail cost. With robust, yet gentle tones, this wine is definitely one to try.
This region and its fertile land has proven themselves by producing one of the best sparkling wines in the world. Lambrusco sparkling wine should be consumed within a year after produced. There are some sweet versions, but most of the authentic wines are drier. This wine was created to be a perfect match for the local cuisines.
Before Lazio started producing world class wine, the grapes there did not exactly want to work with the winemakers. As of recently though, with some investments, the region has been producing some of the most beautifully toned wines. Frascati is one of those wines that put Lazio on the map. The flavors that comes through consists of white peach and lemon zest, which sounds like the perfect treat.
For many foreigners, when Italy is mentioned, a direct mind map is form to Tuscany. Chianti is a wine created in this beautiful region and has become one of the most popular wines ever. The bottles are already a stunning creation, but the wine does not disappoint. This must be one of the best wines created in Italy and is known worldwide as one of the best red wines.
Umbra is one of the lesser travelled regions in Central Italy, but this is only because it is right above Rome and on the border of Tuscany. It’s difficult to compare with two popular kids. Montefalco Sagrantino is one of those special wines we just can’t get enough of. The small village of Montefalco has one of the best jewels. The grape Sagrantino grows in Montefalco and it has been found that this wine might contain the highest levels of antioxidants than any other red wine.
Wine tour anyone?
You do not have to be a wine connoisseur to appreciate a good wine. There is so much one can learn on a wine tour. The region is rich in culture and the promising development in winemaking is something to be admired. When winemakers become passionate about their craft, it shows. Investors are benefiting the industry in Central Italy and this has proven to be very beneficial to those winemakers that want to improve their skills. Many travelling agents are adding wines tours to their list of services offered in Central Italy. People are becoming more curious about the sudden rise in popularity of these wines. I do encourage you do consider a wine tour in this region.
Good wine does not have to be expensive or been aged for many years. When you taste a good wine, the taste does not leave you after you’ve swallowed it. There is a lingering taste that is complex. You should be able to get the scent and flavors of a good wine by simply doing the swirl and sniff rest. How do you know if you really enjoyed a wine? Well, if you go back to purchase a second bottle, chances are you have found something beautiful. Embrace your choice, but do not be afraid to experiment.