Italy VS France: 1-0. It’s not a football match score but the result of the everlasting wine battle between these two countries.
France is not anymore number one in the wine industry. Italy has become the first world producer of wine, with an estimated amount of 48,9 millions of hectolitres. France is only slightly behind with 48.9 millions of hectolitres. Bronze medal goes to Spain with 36.6 millions of hectolitres.
The main reason for this incredible year has been a particularly favourable climate, that allowed the grapes to grow and ripe. And it’s not just quantity; expert says the quality is also exceptionally high this year.
We will have plenty of choices then, with over 332 DOC wines, 73 DOCG wines, 118 IGT wines and hundreds more local wines.
For those not familiar with Italian wine labelling, The letters DOC or DOCG on an Italian wine label mean Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC), and Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG). They both refer to government guarantees of the origin of the wine. The DOCG wines conform to DOC laws, but they are also quality tested by government-selected inspectors. Italian wine export has grown by 6% in the first 5 months of 2015. Meaning I will be able to find more Italian wines on the UK market, and you wherever you are living.
So now Italy is becoming synonym of “excellent wine” more than France. Let’s hope Italians manage to prove very soon the same for cheeses, so we can finally declare victory on all sides.
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