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Know before you go: Your guide to the wines of central Italy

Posted On: Apr 28, 2018   |   Posted By: Trek Travel

Know before you go: Your guide to the wines of central Italy

Friend of Trek Travel and sommelier extraordinaire, James Juedes, guides us through the tradition and history of the famous wine regions of central Italy from Le Marche to Umbria and Tuscany.
Like many things in Italy, the wine here is a blend of the past and the present. You're just as likely to see pristinely kept vineyards of the French transplant, Cabernet Sauvignon, as you are rustic rows of ancient indigenous varieties-like Sangiovese-as you traverse the Italian countryside. Generations old wineries and cellars that have seemingly been untouched for a millennia bump right up against new facilities that house the latest stainless steel tanks and French cooperage. Whether it be made by the most staunch traditionalist, to the cutting-edge modernist, or the latest post-modern movement toward even more ancient styles of winemaking, Italy lays claim to some of the very finest and exciting wines in the world, all the way from the top of the Alps north of Turin to volcanic soils of Mt. Etna in Sicily.
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