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Italian Island Wines
Italy, the world's largest wine-producing country, has managed to preserve a large proportion of its indigenous grape varieties throughout its diverse vineyards. This is undoubtedly an essential parameter in the identity of Italian wines, with relation to the terroirs and practices specific to each region, provided of course that the soil, the vine and fruit are treated with respect.
Its Mediterranean islands, with their singular history and culture, offer a fine example of a well-preserved wine heritage. Sicily, the largest Mediterranean island, is particularly well known for the incomparable volcanic vineyards of Etna and its indigenous grape varieties grown by renowned winemakers such as Frank Cornelissen or Davide Bentivegna of Domain Etnella.
The small island of Pantelleria is not to be outdone with its volcanic terroir and its Zibibbo grape, magnificently vinified by Gabrio Bini.
Sardinia is rich in many local grape varieties, often forgotten but brought to the fore by a few exacting producers such as Gianfranco Manca of Panevino, an outstanding winegrower, or the emblematic Columbu family. Take a trip to the Mediterranean and bear witness to the singularly dynamic and exciting character of Italian winemaking.