Latest Releases: Calabria, Basilicata, Puglia and Sardinia (Feb 2020) | Vinous

Latest Releases
from Italy’s South: The Wines of Calabria, Basilicata, Puglia and Sardinia


culturally and traditionally, “Southern Italy” refers to the regions of Abruzzo,
Basilicata, Campania, Calabria, Molise, Puglia, Sardinia and Sicily. This
report covers the latest releases from all these regions save for Campania, Sicily,
Abruzzo and Molise, which I have already written about in separate articles on
Vinous over the last year. In fact, Italy’s south is often referred to as the mezzogiorno (“noon”), much as the French
speak of a Midi in southern France; both
terms refer to the midday heat and sun that characterize the two lands.
Grouping all these Italian regions together makes historical sense, as they
were once under the rule of the kingdoms of Naples and Sicily. (In more modern
times, Italy is also commonly though technically incorrectly divided in thirds based
on geography, and Abruzzo and Molise are often included in Central Italy). In
fact, it can be argued that Italy is not one country (save for when the Italian
national soccer team plays, or during the Olympics) but rather a collection of
very different regions and people, each harboring its own cultures, traditions,
foods and history. Things are of course no different when it comes to wine:
each region boasts its own set of very specific grape varieties and wines. So
what people grow and drink in Basilicata has practically nothing in common with

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