There is a danger of Italy being typecast as having just the two wines - Chianti and Pinot Grigio. The truth is that Italy has a range of wines which is as diverse as the country itself. There are in the region of 2,000 indigenous grape varieties producing more than 2,000 different styles, the most of any wine producing country. Second only to France in wine production volume, from its Super Tuscans to Prosecco, Italian wine makers have plenty to offer across its 20 recognised wine regions, and buying Italian wines online has never been easier.
Despite being home to a prodigious amount of varieties, the most popular Italian wine grape is the Sangiovese, which accounts for one in 10 of every vine planted on the peninsula. Sangiovese is the principal grape of Tuscany, but the Veneto (in the north east) is growing in importance. Smaller than main wine growing regions such as Lombardy, Piedmont, Puglia, Sicily and Tuscany, the Veneto still manages to produce more wine, but with the emphasis firmly on quality.
Reds are covered by the light and fruity Valpolicella and the much more powerful Amarone. For some fizzy fun, Prosecco is hard to beat, and the selection of other varieties is broad enough that you're certain to find a wine for any occasion in this collection. If you find that there are just too many choices, you can always ask us for a recommendation through Facebook or challenge us to find the perfect wine to match your meal on Twitter. We're always happy to help you buy Italian wine online or just have a chat about the selection.