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How to Visit Italy’s Lesser-Known Wine Regions

Destination & Tourism | Janeen Christoff | August 26, 2016

How to Visit Italy’s Lesser-Known Wine Regions

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Tuscany, Piedmont, Veneto and Sicily are where Americans head when they think of visiting the wine regions of Italy, but Conde Nast Traveler has some suggestions for alternative wine destinations that are less frequented by travelers. 

“The country has hundreds of wine regions, many flying completely under the radar and quietly producing amazing wines you've never heard of, writes Krisanne Fordham for Conde Nast Traveler. 

In the article, Gabrielle Tacconi, the head winemaker at Tuscany’s iconic Ruffino Winery, and Jack Mason, wine director at New York’s acclaimed Marta restaurant, share their picks on the next Italian wine regions to visit. 

In Northern Italy, they suggest Rosesse in Liguria. 

“Both Tacconi and Mason are fans of the Rossese wine region at the foothills of the Ligurian Alps, some 1,600 feet above sea level.”

In central Italy, Verdicchio di Matelica in the Marche region. 

“That soil-and-elevation combo means the Verdicchio produced here is brighter, sharper, and fresher than Verdicchio produced closer to the Adriatic coast, which tends toward the rounder and mellower,” writes Fordham. 

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Fans of southern Italian wine will want to head to Aglianico del Vulture. 

“Though the Aglianico wine region has been around since the 6th century B.C., and gained some traction among wine connoisseurs in the U.S., its ‘deep, age-worthy reds’ have been ‘largely overlooked’ beyond inner circles," according to Mason. 

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