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Italy, which we usually see as a single national entity, is actually divided into many regions of various extension, and, as you probably already know from the previous articles about the parts of the country (the last, for example, is about the wines of central Italy), the variety of grapes, denominations and bottles is really incredible. Having already written about the north and the centre, today we talk about the wines of southern Italy, among which we are certain you will find listed some of your favourites, e.g. Nero d’Avola and Marsala.

The wines of southern Italy

Southern Italy: land of sun and warm temperatures; of colours and scents, of unique flavours that flow from the earth to the products, up to the food and the wines, which here boast a very ancient history. And a land of vineyards also: of the almost 642 hectares of land occupied by vineyards in Italy, 252,553 hectares are in the south, the island of Sicily in the lead.

Let’s see together some of the most famous southern Italian wines, divided by region:

Sicily

Extension: 100.984 hectares

Varieties: Marsala, Passito di pantelleria, Etna rosso, Moscato di noto, Malvasia delle Lipari, Faro, Cerasuolo di vittoria, Sicilia

Wines: Marsala, Nero d’Avola, Cerasuolo di Vittoria, Erice, Etna, Faro, Malvasia delle Lipari, Delia Nivolelli, Mamertino di Milazzo, Moscato di Noto, Salaparuta, Sciacca bianco

Puglia

Extension: 88.062 hectares

Varieties: Primitivo di manduria, Negroamaro, Nero di troia, Moscato di trani, Five roses

Wines: Primitivo di Manduria dolce naturale, Castel del Monte Bombino Nero, Castel del Monte Nero di Troia riserva, Castel del Monte Rosso riserva, Aleatico di Puglia, Gioia del Colle, Galatina, Lizzano, Moscato di Trani, Salice Salentino, Rosso di Cerignola, Daunia, Tarantino, Valle d’Itria, Salento, Murgia

Sardinia

Extension: 26.251 hectares

Varieties: Vermentino, Venaccia, Bovale, Girò, Malvasia, Torbato, Moscato, Carignano, Nieddera

Wines: Alghero, Carignano del Sulcis, Cannonau di Sardegna, Girò di Cagliari, Malvasia di Bosa, Moscato di Cagliari, Moscato di Sardegna, Nuragus, Vermentino di Gallura, Vermentino di Sardegna, Vernaccia di Oristano, Karabadis, Kabadis, Marmilla, Arvesiniadu, Barbagia, Valle del Tirso, Valli di Porto Pino, Siddaju

Campania

Extension: 23.900 hectares

Varieties: Biancolella, Coda di volpe, Fenile, Fiano, Aglianico, Trebbiano, Piedirosso, Tintore, Barbera del Sannio

Wines: Campi flegrei, Falerno del massico, Lacryma christi, Costa d’Amalfi, Biancolella, Greco di tufo, Taurasi, Fiano di avellino, Roccamonfina, Colli di Salerno, Ischia, Galluccio, Flanghina del Sannio, Cilento, Aglianico del Taburno, Fiano di Avellino, Greco di Tufo

Calabria

Extension: 9.338 hectares

Varieties: Aglianico, Arsonica, Malvasia bianca, Prunesta, Nocera, Montonico bianco, Verdicchio, Zibibbo

Wines: Cirò, Reco di bianco, Moscato di Saracena, Bivonci, Terre di Cosenza, Greco di Bianco, Melissa, Zibibbo, Arghillà, Locride, Palizzi, Pellaro, Scilla

Basilicata

Extension: 4.018 hectares

Varieties: Aglianico, Bombino nero, Malvasia bianca di Basilicata, Aleatico

Wines: Aglianico del vulture, Grottino di Roccanova, Matera, Basilicata, Terre d’Alta Val d’Agri

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