Sangiovese: Italy’s most ubiquitous grape (Italy)
Italian wines are really hot today. Italy became the world’s biggest wine producing country in 2010, surpassing longtime world leader France. Meanwhile, Italian wine imports to important markets like the U.S., Britain and China have risen dramatically in the last several years. This is due in no small part to the fact that Italian wines from many regions are good values. It also reflects the popularity of Italian cuisine around the world. The most widely grown grape in Italy, comprising about 10% of the vineyard area, is Sangiovese, writes Richard Jennings in the Huffington Post.