ITALY

Italian wine is wine produced in Italy, a country which is home to some of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world. Italy is one of the world’s foremost producers, responsible for approximately one-fifth of world wine production in 2005.[ Italy is the second largest wine producer after France, and in 2008 the country surpassed France for the title of world’s biggest producer for the first time in a decade, at nearly six billion liters. Italian wine is exported largely around the world and has market share of over 10% in most Asian countries like India. Wine is extremely popular in Italy. Italians lead the world in wine consumption by volume with 70 literes per capita consumption, compared to 25 litres in the US, 20 litres in Australia, 40 millilitres in China and 9 millilitres in India Grapes are grown in almost every region of the country. More than 1 million vineyards are under cultivation.

Etruscans and Greek settlers produced wine in the country long before the Romans started developing their own vineyards in the 2nd century BC.

The regions are, roughly from Northwest to Southeast:

Italian administrative regions

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