Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany, Italy



“In total, we included a dozen 2015 Brunellos in our list of the Top 100 Wines of 2019 because of the unprecedented high quality of the wines. Eleven in the list received ratings of 100 points. Check out our report on 2015 Brunellos from September.”

James Suckling – Top 100 Wines of the Year

“Over the past three years, the number of unique Italian wines traded on Liv-ex has increased by 129%. However, recent vintages continue to dominate: 2015 accounts for nearly a quarter of all Italian trade in the past year, followed by 2013 (17.4%) and 2010 (14.1%). Vintages pre-2005 represent just 3.2% of trade.”

– Robert Parker

Italy was one of the first places in the world to make wine and it is the world’s largest producer of wine by volume. The winemaking tradition is incredibly important in Italy, and there are currently over one million active vineyards in the country. Because of this, tourists flock to Italy for wine-tasting vacations, particularly to the country’s more well known wine regions.


Italy has 350 officially recognized wine varieties grown in 20 different wine regions. The cuisine of each region has developed to complement wines made from grapes native to that region. Though table wine is produced across the country, the most high quality drinking wines are concentrated in these three regions:

  • Tuscany is a wine region located in central Italy. It is best known for its red wines – particularly in its Chianti region, where the best Sangiovese grapes are grown. Trebbiano and Vermentino, two white wine grapes, are also widely grown in Tuscany.
  • The Piedmont region of Italy borders France and Switzerland. It is best known for its high quality Nebbiolo grapes.
  • The Veneto region in northeastern Italy is known for making high quality red wine blends. Their most famous red blend is called Amarone della Valpolicello, which is made from Rondinella, Corvina, and Molinara grapes. The region also has a rich white wine called Soave that’s similar to Chardonnay.

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