The Brachetto varietal grape is a delightfully aromatic varietal most commonly associated with Italy's beautiful northern region of Piedmont, home to a stunning range of grapevines and some of the country's finest wines. Brachetto is a mild red wine grape, and is used to make both still and sparkling light bodied red wines, prized for its highly aromatic qualities and the delicate summery flavors it holds. Most commonly, Brachetto wines feature pretty notes of strawberries, with a freshness typical of other Piedmont wines. The thin skins of the grapes mean the wine is low in tannins and creates a silky smoothness to the wines made from them. In recent years, wineries in many New World countries have started experimenting with this grape varietal, in order to make the most of its unique and highly drinkable features.
The wine region of Veneto in north-eastern Italy has long been associated with fine wines, but also with the spirit of innovation which is typical of the region and which made it an important area of Europe throughout history. Indeed, today Veneto's wine-makers are recognized as the most modernized in all of Italy, using contemporary techniques to make the best of the high quality grape varietals which flourish in the region. These include the wonderful Garganega varietal, which is the grape used for the production of Veneto's widely loved Soave white wine, and Glera and Verduzzo, which are both used in more traditional wines of the region. The region benefits from a cooler climate, but one which is sheltered by the Alps, producing balanced and consistent climatic conditions ideal for viticulture.
Italy is recognised as being one of the finest wine producing countries in the world, and it isn't difficult to see why. With a vast amount of land across the country used primarily for vineyard cultivation and wine production, each region of Italy manages to produce a wide range of excellent quality wines, each representative of the region it is produced in. Any lover of Italian wines will be able to tell you of the variety the country produces, from the deliciously astringent and alpine-fresh wines of the northern borders, to the deliciously jammy and fruit-forward wines of the south and the Italian islands. Regions such as Barolo are frequently compared with Bordeaux and Burgundy in France, as their oak aged red wines have all the complexity and earthy, spicy excellence of some of the finest wines in the world, and the sparkling wines of Asti and elsewhere in Italy can easily challenge and often exceed the high standards put forward by Champagne. Thanks to excellent terrain and climatic conditions, Italy has long since proven itself a major player in the world of wines, and long may this dedication to quality and excellence continue.