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Italy

Italy – the home of Moscato, Chianti, Amarone and Prosecco – has a rich and diverse wine heritage dating back more than two thousand years. Famous for its bewildering diversity of both grape varieties and wine styles, Italy is also significant for the sheer volume of wine it produces: just over 40 million hL in 2012, from 800,000 ha of vineyards. It is rivaled in this regard only by France and Spain. The key to understanding Italy is to understand that it is a group of regions rather than a single homogeneous country, Italy is divided into 20 administrative regions all of which produce wine to some extent, and all of which contain various wine regions. The most significant, in terms of both quality and quantity are Tuscany, Piedmont and Veneto.