Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Thursday, February 22 2024

Italy is Having a Moment

By: Anthony Gismondi
A look back at a year of Italian wine at GOW.

The Vancouver International Wine Festival is only a few days away, as are 71 Italian wineries, one of the largest single-country contingents in the history of the 45-year-old event.

Many Italian wines today can trace a part of their lineage back to Roman times and beyond. Today, ten generations of ownership is not unheard of at some wineries, while some of the country’s most famous producers boast over 20 generations of winemaking history. In 2023, the production value of all Italian wine was about 11.6 billion euros, 7.3 billion of which came from exports. Most years, Italy and France flip-flop for the lead in worldwide wine production by volume (20 percent of the total), followed by Spain. While wine, in general, is fending off every other alcoholic beverage and a growing non-alcoholic market, Italian wine is having a moment globally. Here’s a look at some of the best wines we have tasted from Italy in the last year, many of which in some form will be in the tasting room.

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Anthony Gismondi
Anthony Gismondi

Anthony Gismondi is a Canadian wine journalist and one of North America's most influential voices in wine. For over 30 years, he has been the wine columnist for The Vancouver Sun. The twice-weekly column is distributed across Canada through the Postmedia Network to millions of readers. In addition, Anthony hosts the BC Food & Wine Radio Show, broadcast in 25 markets across B.C. and available as a podcast on major platforms. He launched Gismondionwine.com in 1997, attracting one million monthly users from 114 countries. It continues to be a valuable resource full of tasting notes, intelligent wine stories and videos for the trade and consumers. Conversations with wine personalities are available on his  YouTube Channel.