Italy is the world’s largest producer of wine and has a 4000-year-old history of wine
production. Italy’s long shoreline and hilly and mountainous terrain provide the ideal
climate conditions for growing grapes of exceptional taste and quality, across all its
Wines in Italy are distinguished by their region, as every region in the
country produces its own wine, and the difference in terrain and climate gives each
region’s wine an entirely different flavour profile. A Chardonnay produced in
Piedmont and another produced in Lombardy can be very different. Wine may be
considered a luxury drink in other places but in Italy, people from all walks of life
enjoy wine, with a large variety of wines to choose from, it remains an accessible
and democratic drink in Italy. Here are three ways, one can drink wine like an Italian.
Wine and Food: Italians usually drink wine with every meal, so pairing the right wine
with the right food is very important to them. Even in restaurants in Italy, the wine is
chosen after selecting from the food menu, and even if it may not be a full meal,
people still have some olives or some bruschetta to have with wine.
Glassware: Where there is wine, there are proper glasses for it on the table, as
simple as that. There is an etiquette for drinking wine in Italy, and stemware is a
crucial aspect of it.
Take your time: This is the most important thing, for Italians wine is meant to be
drunk slowly, and not rushed. Wine is not for the sake of intoxication, but rather
something that a person takes time to savour, and understand the flavours and smell.
Take some time, let the flavours linger and efficiently taste the wine.
These three ways tell us that Italians take their wine very seriously, it is a practice
that provides a familiar comfort for people. Whether you choose to drink a glass
alone, or share a bottle amongst friends, sit down, relax and let that glass of wine
enhance your experience of the dolce vita!