What is it that sets Italy apart from the rest of the wine world? The sheer variety of grape styles cultivated in the country. Estimates have it that there are over 2000 indigenous varieties (native grapes) spread throughout its regions. Each of Italy’s 20 regions has its own unique tapestry of soils and micro- climates: from the cool areas in the northeast such as Alto Adige and Friuli to the warm, sunny zones of the south such as Campania and Puglia. Italian winemakers have recognized the traditional essence of their offering and adopted where beneficial modern approaches to enhance the quality of the finished product. For our 3rd Annual Great Italian Wine Festival, we have added a number of new wines of which we will write about in greater detail over the coming weeks.