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Italy - Il Bel Paese
Italy is one of the oldest Wine producing countries in the World. Wine production dates back to circa 200 B.C. when Greeks (in southern Italy) and Etruscans (in central Italy) spread the art of Wine making. Italy has kept the custom of Wine production and drinking since then and remains one of the best Wine producers in the world.

There are more than 20 Wine producing regions and more than a million vineyards in Italy. Each region and its people are proud of the wine they make. Italy is a peninsular country with a very long coastline and dominant range Alps in the north. Therefore, on the one hand Italy has Wine producing regions with continental climate at the foothills of northern of alps and on the other hand Italy also has Wine producing regions along the seashore with moderate Mediterranean climate. Thousands of years of expertise in making Wine, diverse geographic locations, varied weather and soil conditions give Italy a unique ability to produce a wide variety of excellent Wines.

Wine is (arguably) the most favourite drink of Italians. They drink Wine many times a day, often with meals and between meals. However, unfortunately Wine consumption in Italy is declining. Younger generation is more adventurous and like to drink all sort of alcoholic beverages, not just Wine.

Monday, May 14, 2007, 10:43 PM

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