The Italy Region
Italy is the birthplace of most wines. The Roman Empire brought grapes and grapevines to Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, and many other regions. Italy still produces and consumes a huge amount of wine, although not much gets out to the rest of the world. Most non-Italians only know of Chianti, the delicious red wine traditionally found in basket-bottles. Perhaps a few people know of Soave, the poetic white, or perhaps even Asti Spumanti, the sparkling dessert wine.