Wine and Italy are the two names that go hand in hand. If you are talking about Italy, you will definitely talk about their wines. That is how close they are. Your visit to Italy is not complete without visiting a proper vineyard. In this article, we will discuss some interesting facts about Italian wines.
The largest wine producer in the world
It is not a huge surprise that Italy is the largest supplier of wine in the world. According to the statistics, all the vineyards in the country collectively produce nearly 45 to 50 million hectoliters of wine every year. So Italy actually produces one-third of the total wine in the world. Most of the wines that they produce are exported to many countries in the world. When it comes to wine production, France clinches the second place, and Spain comes third.
4000 years of history
No one can deny that fact that Italian wines are hands down the best in the world. One of the main reasons why they are so exceptional is because of the tradition that they follow. It is not just a production of some edible juice with a particular formula. It is a craft that has been perfected with years of practice, dedication and an unquenchable thirst for perfection.
Italy is the birthplace of Prosecco
In the last decade, there has been a great revelry between Prosecco and Champagne. Many say that Prosecco has replaced Champagne as the most favorite in the United Kingdom. According to reports nearly 150 million bottles of Prosecco has been manufactured in Italy every year. During the summers the sales of Prosecco reaches its peak. Champagne needs to be aged for a long time to have a special status. But Prosecco needs only three to seven years to be a special vintage.
Why 750 ml?
Have you ever thought why the capacity of wine bottles is only 750 ml and not more than that? The lung capacity of a glass blower is the reason why the capacity of the wine bottles is 750ml.
2000 grape verities
Italy is a place that houses more than 2000 verities of grapes. Yea you read it right 2000. Now you might understand why there is a huge difference in taste between one wine and another. Some of the most popular varieties of white grapes that are used to manufacture wines are Trebbiano and Catarratto. The popular red verities are Sangiovese, Barbera, Montepulciano, Primitivo, and NeroD’Avola.
Average Italian wine consumption is 54 liters per year
If you are living in a country that produces nearly one-third of the world’s wine, consuming 54 liters per year is not a huge deal. But we are sure that there will be a lot of people in various parts of the world who will have doubts about whether they can consume 54 liters of wine throughout their lives.