A volcanic soil, slopes, sunshine and a temperate climate are the key factors in Italy boasting the world’s richest variety of individual wine styles, distinctive terroirs, and indigenous grape varieties. Producing about 20 percent of the world’s wine, Italy has 0ver one million vineyards dotted through its 20 wine regions. Old favourite among the red wines are Barolo, Barbaresco and Brunello di Montalcino, while Amarone della Valpolicella, Prosecco di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene, Taurisi, Franciacorta sparkling wines and the evergreens Chiante and Soave are gaining recognition in the international markets. New lines from central and southern Italy such as Sagrantino and Primitivo are also attracting interest. Fruili-Venzia Giulia, a winegrowing region in the north-east, is famous for its white wines, especially Pinot Grigio, while other popular Biancos include Trebbiano, Arneis, and Moscato Blanc.
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