Explore a curated wine tasting prepared by expert sommeliers from one of Charleston’s favorite wine shops, Wine & Co., while overlooking the Charleston Harbor. The theme for the April 11th Sips & Sommeliers event is Italy! Explore Italian wines expertly curated by Charleston-based, Wine & Co. Light bites will be available for pairing.
The Sips & Sommeliers Wine Tasting Series is part of the 76th Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens. All Sips & Sommeliers events are 21+. Limited space available, tickets required.
Italian wine is produced in every region of Italy. Italy is the world’s largest producer of wine, with an area of 702,000 hectares (1,730,000 acres) under vineyard cultivation, and contributing a 2013–2017 annual average of 48.3 million hl of wine. In 2018 Italy accounted for 19 per cent of global production, ahead of France (17 per cent) and Spain (15 per cent). Italian wine is both exported around the world and popular domestically among Italians, who consume an average of 42 litres per capita, ranking fifth in world wine consumption.
The origins of vine-growing and winemaking in Italy has been illuminated by recent research, stretching back even before the Phoenician, Etruscans and Greek settlers, who produced wine in Italy before the Romans planted their own vineyards. The Romans greatly increased Italy’s viticultural area using efficient viticultural and wine making methods.