An estimated 900 million bottles of Italian sparkling wine were sold in 2021, with sales in foreign markets up by 20%, new data has shown. Production value exceeded €2.4 billion for the first time, and is up by 170% over the past decade, according to data published by the Italian Wine Union (UIV) - Ismea Observatory. Sparkling wine now accounts for...

As some of us may know, we owe the birth of the world’s favorite sparkling wine, champagne, to a Catholic monk, Dom Perignon, a 17th-century Benedictine monk. He was one of the winemaking pioneers who perfected the art of making clear white wines in the Champagne region of France. But not many of us may know that the Italian version of champagne, t...

Moscato can get an (undeserved!) bad rap. Though it's available in semi-sweet and dry varieties, haters often dismiss the sparkling wine as too sugary. Well, guess what? They don't know what they're missing out on. The right bottle of Moscato has a refreshingly light and fruity taste, the kind of wine that's prefect for sipping at brunch or as an a...

What are the best and worst destinations for wine lovers? This is the question posed by Bounce, a luggage storage company present in 1,000 cities around the world and therefore capable of providing an all-round view of global wine tourism, which analyzed 5 key aspects - average wine consumption, average production, area under vines, number of wine...

According to Dogane data, the first nine months of 2021, Prosecco DOC Consortium exported about 98.2 million bottles to the US representing 25.4% of the total export. Thanks to the introduction of Prosecco DOC Rosé category and the easing of Covid restrictions the export volumes increased by 56.4% compared to a year ago, the Consortium tells Italia...

As we head into the darker, colder days of winter it’s time for full-bodied red wines with densely concentrated flavors. Definitely the season for Amarone. Those who love it may be surprised to learn it was an accident. Like any wine worth its grapes it has an interesting story to tell. Unlike many of Italy’s pre-eminent wines, Amarone hasn’t been...

In April of 2021, winemakers across Europe found themselves battling a freak late frost. At Tenuta di Trinoro, a vineyard in Tuscany, it took a 24-strong team several hours one blistering cold night to set out and light up 3,500 candles to keep the fragile young buds of the vines from freezing. Then, as a summer of brutal sun and droughts drew to a...

Santa Margherita USA, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Santa Margherita Gruppo Vinicolo, has acquired majority ownership of ROCO Winery in Oregon. ROCO Winery was founded in 2001 by Rollin & Corby Stonebraker-Soles. Located in the Willamette Valley region, ROCO wines are highly regarded, with significant critical acclaim. Under the winemaking leaders...

Prosecco has surpassed champagne as the most exported sparkling wine in the European Union. Despite a 6% decline in overall values, PROSECCO has surpassed champagne as the EU’s top sparkling wine export. Italian prosecco has ranked first among the main categories of sparkling wine exported from EU member states to countries outside the European Uni...

When the figures for the end of 2021 arrive, they will confirm the United States as the leading partner for Italian wine exports. Because if, overall, Italian wine shipments are expected to exceed 7 billion euros for the first time, according to estimates (while Istat data for the first nine months record more than 5 billion euros, +15% on 2020), t...