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Italian Wines

History of Italian Wine

Italy, celebrated worldwide as the finest winemaking country on earth

Italy has provided the world with some of the most celebrated wines. Italian winemakers are among the most respected among connoisseurs and wine lovers alike. Due to the nature of the country’s climate and landscape, grapes were among many fruits that could be perfectly cultivated in Italy.

With religious and social traditions including wine so frequently, Italians began to incorporate the drink into their daily lives and adopted an enhanced culture because of it.  Now, the world looks to Italy and the “cantinas” found there to find the best wine for their restaurants, banquet halls and personal collection.

At Vitalita, we are committed to bringing celebrated wines from Italian cantinas that celebrate the notion that quality is far more important than quantity.

Wine Regions of Italy

When geography meets opportunity

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, when both quality and quantity are taken into consideration, are Tuscany, Piedmont and Veneto.

Each region has its flagship wine styles. Some are famous because they are produced in large volumes and can be found all over the world, others because of their consistently high quality. Tuscany is known for its generic Chianti, of course, but among devoted wine aficionados its Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano – as well as Chianti Classico – are more highly regarded. Similarly, Veneto’s vast output of Prosecco, Soave and varietal Pinot Grigio does little to boost its reputation as a fine wine region, and yet it produces one of the world’s richest, finest wines: Amarone della Valpolicella.

Italy’s vineyards are home to more than 2,000 grape varieties, many of which are on the brink of extinction. The safest and best-known Italian grapes are Sangiovese, Barbera, Nebbiolo, Montepulciano and Pinot Grigio (although technically the latter is more French than Italian). These varieties cover many thousands of acres of vineyard, and can be found in various regions. At the other end of the scale are such little-known rarities as Centesimino and Dorona, which are found in tiny numbers in just one or two places.

Our Clientele

the People Vitalita serves

Wine also, unlike any other drink or food, stimulates the mind by its virtually infinite variety. Even if you somehow managed to taste every wine grown and made in one year (and there would be hundreds of thousands of them), the passage of time would have you start from scratch within 12 months.

We are proud to serve people who love wine – it’s that simple! From restaurants, to banquet halls, to the personal collections of some of Canada’s most celebrated connoisseurs, Vitalita is bringing Italy’s finest wine to Canada. We have exclusive relationships with cantinas that our clients have long searched for. We are proud to serve the oenophiles and the collectors that call us looking for the rarest wine from Italy.  Vitalita is your liaison to the cantinas you can’t find ANYWHERE else.