Italian Wine & Cheese
‘Il vino fa buon sangue silenzio / Good wine makes good blood’ or so most every Italian ‘nonno’ will swear by. But in a country home to some of the most famous wine and cheese-producing regions in the world, knowing which delicacies to sample can be a lot harder, especially for those unfamiliar with the different regions’ produces.
When it comes to wine, with more than 15 different wine-producing regions covering the length of the country, you can be sure your glass won’t be left wanting during your stay in Italy. However, for those more serious about Italian wine and wine tasting, a trip to Italy wouldn’t be complete without a visit to one of the 3 major wine-producing regions – Veneto, Piedmont and Tuscany.
Any true wine-connoisseur would be remiss if they were to miss out on sampling some of Tuscany’s wines. Undoubtedly the most famous of Italy’s wine-making regions – Tuscany is responsible for producing some of the most esteemed wines in the world.
The Tuscany region has thirty three Denominazione di origine controllata (DOC – a quality assurance standard guaranteeing the destination of origin) wines making it one of the largest and most world-renowned centres for high-quality wine production and its goods have been held in high regard across the globe since the 7th C BC.
Of the region’s exports, one of the most reputable would be the Chianti Classico Wine, produced in the Chianti wine-making region of Tuscany. The Chianti Classico is a wine characterised by the taste of the Sangiovese grapes and recognisable by the Gallo Negro – the distinguishing Chianti Classico seal comprising of a black rooster on a gold background. To find out more about Chianti’s famous wines, be sure to read our article ‘Red Wine: A Spotlight on Chianti’.
Located in the northeast region of Italy, Veneto is the largest wine producer of the Tre Venezie collective and is famous for its production of Prosecco and Soave wines.
A dry white wine, Soave surpassed Chianti in popularity in the 1970’s before eventually being overshadowed in sales by another famous, northern export – Pinot Grigio. Today, the DOC dictates that a true Soave must comprise of a minimum of 70% of the wine coming from the Garganega grape, creating a light-bodied wine with an ability to improve with age.
With Venice as its capital, Veneto is a must-visit for any wine-lover, whose cities and vineyards can be explored from any one of our outstanding Veneto villas.
Piedmont wine comprises of a range of wines produced in the northwest region of Italy. Due to its proximity, France has had a significant influence on Piedmont wine-production, particularly Burgundy, a French wine produced in the eastern region of France.
Distinguished by the flavours of the Nebbiolo grape, the region’s best-known products include the Barbaresco and Barolo wines, two red wines similar in characteristics but whose differences are a joy to explore for any budding wine connoisseur.
As if the wine wasn’t enough to get your palette around, Italy is home to a second great culinary pleasure, cheese. Far more extensive a selection than just the famous Parmigiano-Reggiano, Italy produces a wide variety of hard and soft cheeses throughout the country’s regions.
From Gorgonzola production in the North, to Mozzarella di Bufala in the South, a sampling of Italy’s cheeses will take you on a delectable journey through the culinary landscape of Italy whether enjoying them on their own or served up as an ingredient in a delicious Italian dish.
For those looking to pair Italy’s two infamous produces – wine and cheese – why not head along on our Chianti Wine & Cheese Tour where you’ll learn the culinary art of wine and cheese pairing whilst taking in the flavours of Tuscany’s finest cheeses and partaking in some wine tasting.