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Italy not only has more local grape varieties than any other country, but it also has some of the most distinctive wines on Earth. It also one of the largest producers, exporters and consumers of wine in the world. More info about Italian wine >>


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Italian Appelation system
Italy's classification system counts four classes of wine, of which two fall under the EU category Quality Wine Produced in a Specific Region (QWPSR) and two under the category of Table Wine. More about the Italian appelation system >>
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Italian Sweet Wines

Broadly speaking there are three types of Italian sweet wines: Passito wines, syrupy (port-like) wines and sparkling sweet wines. Read more about Italian sweet wines >>

Italian Wine Label Rules

Understanding wine labels can help you quickly decide what type of wine may be appropriate for the occasion. However, lucky as we are, there seems to be only one Italian wine label rule - make it as confusing as possible. More about wine label rules >>

Understanding Italian Wine Labels

How to read IGT, DOC and DOCG wine labels

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8 Italian wine guides
Italian wine regions

The New Italy - A complete guide to contemporary Italian wine
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Italy's wine scene is widely considered one of the world's most complex. The New Italy  gives readers a comprehensive and thorough look at all the country's key wine types, from Barolo, Chianti, and Montepulciano to Sangiovese and the champagne-like sparkling Prosecco. An introduction to Italy's wine styles and winemaking methods is followed by a region-by-region tour of vineyards, from Piedmont in the north to Calabria in the south.
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Introduction to Italian Wines

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Italian Wines 2012:
A Guide to the World of Italian Wine for Experts and Wine Lovers
by Gambero Rosso
The world's most complete guide to quality Italian wines,  published by Gambero Rosso and Slow Food Editore.
Over 16,000 wines are reviewed, selected by a team of more than 120 tasters under the direction of GR and SFE.
Also includes a useful series of appendixes about award-winning wines in the past and the best producers.
The guide also pays special attention to wineries that are sensitive to the environment and to achieving naturalness in their products.
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The Regional Wines of Italy
(in English)
Joseph Bastianich, David Lynch
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Major Italian Red and White Wines

Description of the three most important Italian reds and four most important white wines. More about
the major italian red and white wines
Italy's wine regions correspond to the twenty political regions. More about
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The finest wines of Tucany and Central Italy
The Finest Wines of Tuscany and Central Italy: A Regional and Village Guide to the Best Wines and Their Producers
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