Friday, January 28, 2011

Italy! Wine Country!

Wine Country! Italy is one of Europe's oldest viticultural regions still offers some pleasant surprises. Italy is also famous for there wine, they have many regions that are called wine country. Sicily has more vineyards than any of the other Italian regions competing with Apulia for the first place award for being the largest producer of wine. It's funny how the Sicilian people are not the leaders in consuming the wine, they consume less wine per capita than any other Italian does. The Sicilian grapes also play a large role in creating dessert wines, which require a higher concentration of grapes and are consumed in smaller quanties. Sicily is renowned for the many outstanding dessert wines, such as the world-famous Marsala. The dessert wines account for about 90% of the total production. The island is also a producer of many other great wines. But if you just happen to be traveling around the island around November 11, that day is dedicated by the catholic church to Saint Martin, look for the signs announcing the local Festa del Vino or "Festival of the Wine". It is believed that on this date the new wine is ready for consumption, hence the saying: Il giorno di San Martino il mosto diventa vino or "On Saint Martin's Day the grape juice becomes wine".

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