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ITALY STANDS FOR... WINE

Posted by Sergio G., January 11, 2021

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Local Etruscans and Greek settlers started producing wine in Italy before the Romans planted their own vineyards in the 2nd century AD. The Romans greatly increased Italy's area under vine using efficient viticultural and winemaking methods, and pioneered large-scale production and storage techniques such as barrel making and bottling.

Nowadays wine is produced in every part of the country, home to some of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world. Italy is the world's largest producer of wine, with an area of 702,000 hectares (1,730,000 acres) under vineyard cultivation, and contributing an annual average of 48.3 million hl of wine. In 2018 Italy accounted for 19 % of global production, ahead of any other country. Italian wine is also exported around the world and Italians consume an average of 42 litres per capita: 5th in world for wine consumption.

The number of over 200 autochthone grape varieties is also a record-breaking figure.

A study by Corkbeard gives the interesting figure that today, more than half the world’s wine is produced by only four countries: Italy, France, Spain, and the United States.

Another report by Oiv International gives a similar figure with 5 countries producing 50% of the world wine production; Spain, France, Italy, Turkey and China.

No matter if they are centuries old or built by contemporary Archistar, wine cellars are dotted all over the country and are an extraordinary element of our vip mice programmes. Wineries such as Petra, Monsanto, Coltibuono and Venissa just to name a few, are fantastic options not only for visits and wine tasting but also as exclusive and unusual venues for conferences, presentations and dinners.



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