This blog, written by Madeline Puckett, appears on Wine Folly.
Italian Wine Exploration Map
Getting into Italian wine is a neverending adventure of new wines to taste. The book Wine Grapes identifies 377 unique indigenous wine grapes in Italy. With the existence of biotypes or subvarieties (genetically the same but with morphological and physiological differences), many believe this number is much higher. Add on to this 408 D.O.P. (Denominazioni di Origine Protetta) or regional wine quality denominations (DOC + DOCG), many of which have multiple styles, and you have an even larger number. To put it into perspective, if you tasted a new Italian wine each week, it would take you 20 years to taste your way through Italy.
If you tasted a new Italian wine each week, it would take you 20 years to taste your way through Italy.