Italy

Alongside France and Spain, Italy is one of the three main wine superpowers in Europe and in the world with a more than 2,500-year-old tradition dating back to the Roman times.

It is the only country in the world where every administrative region is also a wine region – from Trentino-South Tyrol in the north to Sicily in the south.

Super Tuscans – red wine blends that can be made from cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, sangiovese, shiraz, merlot and petit verdot. They were created in response to the introduction of the DOC and DOCG label classification in the 1960s, which did not suit some of the winemakers, and thus the first so-called Super Tuscans were born. The producers from this wine scene began to use varieties in their wine that were not typical of Tuscany, such as merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc, and due to their non-compliance with the rules, the wines were given the most basic label – table wine. However, they were recognised as full-bodied wines, aged in barrique barrels, with intense flavour and the potential for ageing. They were therefore comparable to the Bordeaux wines. Today they are among the most sought after and also the most expensive wines in the world.