While the wines of Basilicata may be lesser known than those of, say, Piedmont, Tuscany, and Sicily, they're no less notable. Volcanic soils, high-altitude vineyards in well-ventilated positions, and the vast day and night temperature range ensure healthy and fragrant grapes that beget pleasant territorial wines. Red wines comprise 80% of Basilicat...

When Paige Lipari opened her bookstore Archestratus in Greenpoint in 2016, she did so with $40,000 of her own savings and loans from friends and family. (All of which have since been paid back.) At the time, she didn’t expect to run a shop that specializes in books and food, but Lipari’s laid-back approach to Italian-accented baking and cooking res...

Over 500 retail stores are participating between July 19-25 in the fourth annual national Prosecco week. The Prosecco DOC Consortium is using this campaign to introduce the Rosé category which was announced by the Consortium in 2019. The Italian Ministry of Agriculture allowed the production of Prosecco DOC Rosé in August 2020. The week long campai...

In highlighting Ramato wines of Italy this month I was shocked to see that I haven’t discussed these wines on my sight yet.  With the rosè market on the rise it is the perfect time to highlight these wines.  They’re not red, white or rosè wines, but the best of all worlds.  Ramato wines are home to the Friuli Venezia Giulia region in the northeaste...

In 2020, Italian wines and spirits exports reached a share of 30% (for a value of 7.8 billion euros) of total food and beverage exported by Italy. This is what emerges from the first joint report by Mediobanca, SACE and Ipsos on the Italian wine & spirits sector, published a few days ago. The sector had been growing for many years: +6.3% average pe...

Campania is a land of greatness and the wines of Campania live up to the region's reputation. Some argue that its whites are among the best in Italy, holding their own against those of Friuli-Venezia Giulia in the northeast.  Fiano di Avellino stands front and center. The wine defies time and is excellent when paired not only with the seafood dishe...

The wines of Sardinia are just as intriguing as the island's food. Recent studies have highlighted how Cannonau, the most popular regional red, is one of the Mediterranean's oldest grape varieties. When it comes to the island's most famous grape, Vermentino – a white varietal that's widespread throughout the island –  gives Cannonau a run for its m...

At the extreme southern border of Lombardy, where the Po Valley meets the Apennines mountain range, one of the most magical and least known territories of Italy unfolds: the Oltrepò Pavese. The hills of the Oltrepò Pavese are immersed in a beautiful wavy scenery characterized by a mild climate that benefits from winds from the Ligurian Sea, the hil...

When dreaming of escaping to a remote island, images of white sandy beaches and pockets of lush tropical plants often spring to mind yet that is not always the case for everyone; as Giacomo Rallo, founder of the famous Sicilian wine producer Donnafugata, dreamt of Pantelleria, the largest volcanic satellite island of Sicily - a desolate place where...

It was a calm and balmy morning in September 2018 when winemaker Antonio Arrighi first plunged a basket of grapes into the Mediterranean Sea. His neighbours on the sun-drenched Italian island of Elba watched in disbelief. “Has Antonio gone crazy?” Indeed, as the bunches sank beneath the water, where they would stay for five days, Arrighi felt a str...