Italy is home to some of the best wines in the world. Learning some basic information about the northern Italian regions will enhance your enjoyment of northern Italian wines.
Northern Italian Regions
The wine regions in Northern Italy include the following:
- Friuli-Venezia-Guilia produces more white wines than red wines.
- Liguria includes steep slopes that are home to more than 100 different types of grapes.
- Lombardy focuses on food production more than wine production.
- Piedmont is well-known for its production of fine wines made from the Nebbiolo grape.
- Trentino-Alto Adife is more well-known for its production of grappa, made from the skins and seeds of grapes, than for its wine. Trentino produces just 1 percent of Italian wine but makes 10 percent of Italy”s grappa.
- Valle d-Aosta(Aosta Valley) is located in the Western Alps near the border of France. In fact, many people who live here speak both Italian and French. Grapes that thrive here grow in gritty soils at high altitudes.
- Venoto was the home of the first school that offered oenology in Italy, which opened in 1885.
The most predominant of the northern Italian wine regions is arguably Piedmont.
Italy produces fine wines throughout the country. Other important wine regions in Italy include:
Types of Northern Italian Wines
The wineries of north Italy produce some of the best wines in the world:
- Amarone, produced in Veneto, is made from grapes that have been allowed to dry for up to a four-month period, leading to a concentration of sugars and flavors. The grapes used in this wine include Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara. Amorone is a white wine that is tart with sweet fruit overtones. Amorone works well when served with game birds.
- Barbaresco is produced in Piedmont using Nebbiolo grapes. Barbaresco is a dry, tannic red with vanilla attributes. Serve Barbaresco with game, spicy cheese or barbeque. Serve at a temperature between 64