Natural, Organic and Traditional Italian Wines – What Are The Differences?

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Those who’ve been paying attention to the Italian wine industry will have noticed that there has been a fairly steep rise in the number of organic wines making their way to the market. Believed by some to be inferior to traditional wines, organic wines sell themselves on the fact that they create far fewer issues for the land. But there’s another type of wine that goes into the mix as well. You may have heard of natural wines. In fact, many confuse these types of wines with organic wines. That’s understandable, given the all-natural nature of organic wines. But they’re actually two different things. So, that brings us to the topic of this article. Traditional, organic, and natural. What are they and what are the differences between them? Traditional Italian Wines Even today, most of the wines that you’ll drink fall under the traditional banner. It would be inaccurate to claim that traditional wines face no restrictions. In particular, they fall under the res Continue Reading

Does Red Wine Prevent Tooth Decay?

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Over the last couple of decades, scientific researchers have put a great deal of effort into learning about the benefits of Italian red wine. What was seen as a purely alcoholic drink in years gone by now has a number of health benefits attributed to it. It’s practically a proven fact that a glass of red wine per day can lead to better heart health. The high antioxidant quantity in the wine means that it can combat some of the signs of ageing, lead to improved circulation, and lower the possibility of you suffering from a stroke. Other health benefits are also less tightly linked to drinking red wine. There’s some evidence that drinking wine in moderation can lead to an improved libido. Moreover, some scientists believe that red wine may help to protect the human body from cancer. While such subjects perhaps need more research, they suggest that red wine is a valuable curative as much as it is a joy to drink. That’s all well and good. But you’d naturally assume that red w Continue Reading

The Problem Presented by Deer and Wild Boars

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What do you think of when you think about the problems that the Italian wine industry faces. For many, the main problems come with the competition that arises from other countries. While this is certainly friendly in nature, there’s no denying that there is a competition between Italy and its contemporaries to grow its industry in new regions. The recent international expansion into China and India shows that Italy wants to reach into new areas. But increased competition from France and other countries may slow this process down. Simply put, other nations’ wine industries can have a direct effect on the Italian wine industry. Other challenges relate to climate change. The strange weather that we’ve had throughout 2017 and 2018 can have massive ramifications for a vineyard. A late frost can prevent vines from sprouting when they’re supposed to, while other unexpected weather conditions can also cause problems. Too much sun, too little water, and any number of other prob Continue Reading

Firriato Harmonium

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In recent years, Sicily has gained renewed prominence in the Italian wine industry. For a while, several people in and outside of the industry looked down on Sicily due to some of its producers churning out large volumes of low quality wine. Unfortunately, this lead to the wide majority of high-quality producers getting tarred with a brush that they didn’t deserve to be tarred with. Today, the best Sicilian producers battle hard to shake this undeserved label. In doing so, they’ve managed to re-establish Sicily as a wine region to be respected. The discovery of an ancient jar that shows traces of wine has also helped to raise the city’s reputation. Upon this discovery, we can see that Sicily was one of the first, if not the first, places to host humans who made wine. When looking at the many Sicilian producers who work in the Italian wine industry today, it’s difficult to choose one on which to shine our spotlight. But we’ve decided to take a look at a producer that Continue Reading

Bellavista Alma Franciacorta Gran Cuvée Brut

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Some wine companies have names that perfectly encapsulate everything that they have to offer in a single word. Many carry the names of the people who founded them. The very family itself becomes the brand and the label that people come to trust. Others carry the name of something that relates to the founder or the winery itself. That’s certainly the case with this company that we’re going to profile in this article. Roughly translated, Bella Vista means “Beautiful View” in English. And that’s certainly what you would get should you ever choose to visit this particularly stunning winery. Rolling hills and stunning Italian countryside surround a beautiful and modern building where all of the magic happens. Of course, a nice view can only take you so far, especially in the Italian wine industry. Many companies can offer similarly gorgeous views due to their locations. If the quality of the wine doesn’t match the surroundings, the company will be doomed to failure. Tha Continue Reading

The Evolution of the Italian Wine Industry

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Today, the Italian wine industry is a true monolith. In recent years especially, the industry has grown to the point where it’s now at the top of the pile. Even France, which is its nearest competitor, isn’t able to compete against the current might of the Italian wine industry. It truly is at the peak when it comes to output, popularity, and quality. But things weren’t always this way for the industry. In fact, it’s come an awful long way since the first people decide to cultivate grapes in Italy. This article looks at the basic history and the evolution of the industry, from the earliest of days right up until today. The Early History Many a producer will happily tell you about the many centuries of history that backs up their products. Other producers talk about how their companies have decades of family experience behind them. But none of them can trace their roots all of the way back to the starting days of wine in Italy. Until fairly recently, most historians Continue Reading

Brancaia Wine

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Did you know that not all of the best Italian wine companies are owned and operated by Italians? It’s true. In fact, many of today’s most remarkable Italy-based wineries actually have international origins. In some cases, producers and major brands from other regions see the potential that Italy has to offer. This leads to the expanding their operations so that they can take advantage of a certain region’s grapes or growing conditions. In other cases, people who’ve moved to Italy from other countries get swept up in the wine culture that pervades the country. They see this great passion for wine and decide to get in on the act themselves. Some may bring knowledge from their own countries, whereas others start from scratch. But these international Italian producers all share the same passion as those born in Italy for their regions and the qualities of their wines. Today’s spotlight shines on a company that had such international founders. Today, we’re going to look Continue Reading

Wine and Calories – Everything That You Need to Know

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If you’re an Italian wine lover who’s watching their figure, there’s probably one question on your mind. Can I drink wine without gaining weight? The simple answer is yes, of course. You can drink or eat anything as long as you make it part of a balanced diet or your exercise enough to burn off the calories that you consume. But that’s probably not the answer that you’re looking for. Instead, you probably want to know about the amount of calories in a glass, or bottle, of wine so that you can make dietary decisions that will help you to achieve your long-term goals. This article is going to approach the issue from two angles. Firstly, we’re going to look at how calories and wine are linked so that you know what to look out for when you’re watching what you eat. Secondly, we’ll round the article off with a look at some tips to help you incorporate wine into a healthy diet. The Wine And Calorie Facts Before looking at the diet part, let’s look at some of Continue Reading

The 6,000 Year Old Sicilian Wine

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Sicily has one of the more tumultuous histories when it comes to the many Italian wine regions. While it’s been highly-regarded for the qualities of its wines in past, a move towards mass production at the expense of quality on the part of some of the region’s winemakers led to the region developing a poor reputation during the 20thcentury. Today, some of Sicily’s best winemakers are making great strides towards repairing the region’s reputation. Seeing the Sicily region attached to a bottle of wine is no longer a reason to reconsider your purchase. In fact, many now see the Sicily label as one to be desired on a bottle of wine. Of course, Sicily has a deep history in the Italian wine industry as well. We already knew that the region had been the home to winemakers for several centuries, or perhaps even for thousands of years. But a recent discovery has cast even more light on the deep history that Sicily has with wine. In fact, this discovery may show that Sicily has bee Continue Reading

The Celebrities Who Own Wineries

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In most of our articles, we’re quick to talk about the many families that have built the Italian wine industry into what it is today. Many of these families have become celebrities in their own rights. The Antinori brand is one that has endured for centuries, after all. But these families have built their celebrity on the back of their exploits in the Italian wine industry. There are also celebrities who’ve built their fame elsewhere that have entered the wine industry. This isn’t a unique thing either. After all, it only takes a passion for wine coupled with the right amount of money to create a winery. That doesn’t mean the winery will be a success, of course. But celebrities are perfectly placed to enter the wine business on the back of their successes elsewhere. So, which celebrities have you heard of who have their own wineries? This article looks at some of the most famous people to get involved with the wine industry. The Ghostbuster Dan Aykroyd isn’t Continue Reading

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