Discover the rich history of Italian wine making!
It is no secret that Italians were not the first to invent wine. But more than any other people throughout history, they have most certainly demonstrated a serious passion for it. As per a very rich culture, Italians are passionate about romance, art, culture, family and Wine! (Vino)
The origin of wine actually lies in ancient Mesopotamia, near present-day Iran, sometime between 4000-3000 B.C. The Greeks brought the art of wine making to Southern Italy and Sicily. The Etruscans, from Asia Minor, gave it to central Italy.
From 300 B.C. until the Christian era, the population reached over one million people. Everyone, including slaves, had a huge craving for wine. There are over 20 regions in Italy producing wine, but the Falernian region, which is near Naples, was the most popular with the Romans, especially around 300 B.C.
The Romans, with their great appreciation, drank it at every meal, experimented with various spices, and created wine with much higher alcohol content than ours today.
They also discovered which grapes were best suited for certain climates.
There are special type of grapes which grow mainly in Italy because of the unique climate not found in other areas. Examples of these are Chianti’s Sangiovese, Barolo’s Nebbiolo, Corvina, and Arneis.
Today Italian wine is considered among the best in the world. But it’s not just Italy’s history that makes it great, it’s the passion they feel every hour of the day- for wine and life!