Images come to mind when Italy is mentioned stretching from the romantic canals of Venice to the historical walls of the Colosseum in Rome. Stone pathways lead to shops with freshly risen focaccia bread and wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, causing aromas to dance with the senses. The country’s rich and gluttonous food industry is closely followed by its excitable and indulgent wine scene. Italy not only consistently places first for global wine production, but also follows closely in third place for wine consumption. Talk about a country that loves their grapes! ‘Il vino fa buon sangue’, a common Italian expression, translates to ‘good wine makes good blood’. This saying conveys the way Italians view wine and incorporate it in their everyday lives. Many people believe that having a glass of red wine a day is good for your health. In America, the expression generally runs as ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’, whereas in Italy the apple is replaced with wine. Finally a place that you can 'have your cake and eat it too'! Italy’s wine history was recently discovered to be a lot older than originally thought. In 2017, researchers in a cave near Sicily found remnants of wine in ancient pottery dating back to 4000 B.C. - that’s an astonishing 6000 years ago. It’s no wonder that Italian wine is so highly respected across the globe. Many of their wines are world renowned (think Barolo’s, Chianti’s, and even refreshing Prosecco), and are recognized on shelves in countless countries. Lambrusco is a variety that originated in Italy and is best known for its aid in producing a friendly, easy drinking fizzy red wine - ‘when in Rome’, treat yourself to a glass.
60.36 million (2019)
301,338 sq km (116,347 sq mi)