Summer on the Road – The Old Wine and the Sea in...

Summer on the Road – The Old Wine and the Sea in Italy

Summer on the Road – The Old Wine and the Sea in Italy

If you still haven’t decided how to spend your summer vacation yet, maybe the best thing you can do is wing it and hit the road. After all, why choose one destination when you can see multiple destinations all in one trip? And what better place to do this in than in Italy – the gastronomic capital of the world!

If you’re hitting the Italian road, here are a few simple tips to help you out!

Tuscany. DOP Label That Ensures Quality – Anyone Say Paradise?
Tuscany is simply heaven for wine lovers and not only does this region offer some of the best wines around but it is also rich in art and nature. Let’s get back to food though – Tuscany is well known for its high quality gastronomic culture, producing great red wines such as Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Nobile di Montepulciano and Vinsanto. Its oenological culture dates back to Etruscan times, when hints of wine cultivation began popping up, laying the foundations for modern production. The Middle Ages is when the Golden Age of wine production in this area as well as artisanal crafts truly peaked and gave way to the success of Tuscan wine country. Generation upon generation, family upon family kept the art and tradition of winemaking alive in this region leading to the beauty and success of both the landscape and its production.

Sicily. The Land of Passiti Sweet Wines – Sun Kissed Wines!
Both charm and tradition has made Sicily a dream travel destination. This island is rich in art, nature, food and wine. Sicily is quite well known for its gastronomic delicacies such as sweet pastries and of course sweet wines. Some of the more well-known sweet wines of the area are Passito di Pantelleria, Marsala, Malvasia and Moscato – all of which showcase the oenological success of a region which combines history and wine production all in one.

Long before vines were cultivated in mass thanks to the arrival of Greeks and Romans, Sicily’s natural disposition towards cultivation saw the spontaneous birth of vines right on their very soils. Sicilians simply have it in their blood to cultivate and produce quality wines and they are always finding new ways to meet with old traditions, modernizing wine techniques and earning the title of “land of conquest”. It is a traveler’s dream when it comes to wine adventures.

Sardinia. Island Treasures – Where Wine and Identity Meet.
Known for its breathtaking beaches and untouched landscapes, Sardinia is another Italian gem which produces wines we all know and love such as Vermentino and Cannonau. Sardinian regional cuisine is very much characterized by the influence of culture and tradition and the many foreign populations which have dominated this island over the centuries. This is also true when it comes to winemaking in Sardinia, and is evident when observing the various techniques in production. Sardinia relies on its wine production not only economically but it has become a cultural identity for this land and its people, a craft which Sardinians are truly proud of and something that wine enthusiasts can share with the locals.