After decades of revolutionary progress in their vineyards and cellars, Italian winemakers continue to polish styles to meet international concepts of taste. Yet, despite the universal trend towards standardization of types, the country that produces and exports more wine than any other remains unrivalled as the world's champion of diversity.
The aim of this compact volume is to single out as much as possible the quality wines and winemakers from the dizzying array of Italian wines and vineyards. Wines of note are described in chapters covering all 20 regions in a geographical sequence moving from north to south. After basic notes and vintage information, each region is surveyed through alphabetical listings, first of wines and then of producers. Finally, there are notes on local foods, wines and restaurants.
This work is intended to serve in part as a tour guide, providing general maps, travel tips and suggested restaurants for those who want to discover the intricacies of Italian wine first hand. For consumers abroad it can be used as a buyer's guide, compact enough to take along to a shop or restaurant or as a quick reference in determining a top vintage or deciding on the right wine to serve with dinner.