La Fiera Primitivo Salento 2013

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Other Italian
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Italy
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$11.99

About the Region

Italy can make a claim that France and Spain can't: Wine is grown in every one of its administrative regions, from the Alps to within a hundred miles of North Africa. Wild vines flourished around "the Boot" for thousands of years; the ancient Greeks, who colonized Sicily and other parts of southern Italy, introduced viticulture. The Italian government today officially recognizes more than 350 grape varieties grown in various parts of the country, from aglianico to zibibbo. Many varieties are grown only in Italy, but Italian vineyards have also been hospitable to all the major international varieties. Wines of every kind — white, red, rosé, sweet, fortified, sparkling — are made, varying in quality from banal jug wine to some of the finest vintages in the world. Among the lesser-known regions for wine are the Valle d'Aosta, Liguria, Abruzzo (famous for the soft, dark montepulciano d'Abruzzo, made from the montepulciano grape), and Umbria (whose most famous wines are orvieto, a crisp white made mostly from grechetto and trebbiano; torgiano, yielding sturdy reds from mostly sangiovese and canaiolo and whites blended primarily from trebbiano and grechetto; and sagrantino, from the variety of that name, a spicy, earthy red that first gained international popularity