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The Italian abroad wine blog is Andrea's wine blog and diary. Andrea is the founder of Italyabroad.com and has been living abroad for almost 20 years and this blog is a collection of thoughts mainly about Italian wine and the wine industry. Andrea comes from an Italian wine making family and got acquainted with wine at a very early age, but he does not just love wine, he is also very passionate about food and travelling and often his posts includes a bit of everything.

Hoping to help the understanding of Italian wines, we have designed a series of wine maps, currently it includes DOC and DOCG wine, where you can discover the provenance of your favourite Italian wines.

And if you want to learn more about Italian wines and wine in general, watch Andrea on our Youtube channel tasting our wines and answering questions about Italian wines and grapes, from the Italian wine classification to what is an orange wine.

Prosecco Sales have gone down ...

September 21, 2018    Tags: Prosecco, Sparkling Wine , Prosecco Consortium, UK Market View Comments (0)

Prosecco has become the cheapest “appellation” sparkling wine in the UK shelves and as such it is competing with all other cheap sparkling wines. Prosecco has become a commodity, and when a product becomes one, it loses its brand loyalty, this is why Prosecco sales are going down whether the consortium wants to admit it or not.

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Natural wines, what are they?

September 16, 2018    Tags: Organic wines, Wineries, Wine Making Process , Natural Wines, Wine Trend View Comments (0)

I am, by definition, against any trend, especially when it is about wine, I do believe that a great wine is a great wine, independently on how it is made and all great producers are responsible grape growers, so whether the grapes are certified organic or not, or the wine is natural or not, it does not really matter.

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Diversity, Italian wine is all about diversity

September 8, 2018    Tags: Italy, Italian Wine, Wine Diversity View Comments (0)

There is no other country offering the diversity of Italian wines. We could look at some of the numbers of the Italian wine industry from grapes grown to wines made, still it will not offer a real snapshot of the Italian wine offering and yes, Italy has a long way to fully realise its potential and become a wine powerful nation, beyond the quantity, still too much poor quality wine is made and sold, damaging the whole Italian wine brand but if you know where to go, there is no other country like Italy

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#LidlSuprise, the power of stories

October 31, 2017    Tags: Wine, Lidl, Marketing, Adverts, Stories View Comments (0)

We all love stories whether we admit it or not, we all are a bit romantic, we all like the “lived happily ever after” ending and marketeers have long know it, but they have never used this approach when marketing wine, until now, until an outsider had to remind all of us the power of stories

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It is just another wine competition

October 26, 2017    Tags: Wine competition, Wine awards, Wine medals View Comments (0)

Consumers don’t care and don’t want to or have the time to find out what competition is, after all is just a bottle of wine, the medal is enough, it is the sticker that get purchases, and the brighter the color, the more attention the wine gets

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Has Prosecco become a joke?

June 12, 2017    Tags: Prosecco, Cava, Sparkling Wines, Spumante View Comments (0)

I recently read that a Cava producer has started selling its own “premium”, which I see as a tentative to stay away from the price war that is taking place in the category, Prosecco and I keep asking myself if I am the only one thinking that the Prosecco sage has become a joke

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Wine experts and wine apps

May 22, 2017    Tags: Vivino, Wines, Wine Experts View Comments (0)

I was a winery before approaching a direct line to potential buyers I will firstly look at whether these buyers can get hold of my wines and then who else is using the same system but until them, I will work in getting my wines in as many markets as possible with the right partners without worrying too much about Vivino

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Why is everyone against Prosecco?

May 16, 2017    Tags: Prosecco, Champagne, Spumante, Franciacorta, Sparkling Wine View Comments (0)

What is the problem for Prosecco and why is everyone wishing it to go? There is too much Prosecco that tastes like a cheap sparkling wine, this is real problem.

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Vinitaly, the show

April 18, 2017    Tags: Vinitaly, Italian Wine View Comments (1)

I love Vinitaly and cant wait to attend next year event, but unless it goes back to its origin and the real reasons why it has been created, why exhibitors and visitors are attending it, I can’t see vinitaly lasting another 50 years

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Andrea's Wine Conversations: Negroamaro

April 10, 2017    Tags: Red Wine, Apulia, Negroamaro, Italian Wine, Wine Conversations View Comments (0)

Negroamaro is a red wine grape grown in the south of Italy, mainly in Apulia and the Salento, the heel of Italy. The grape can produce different wines, and is also blended with other grapes to produce wine such as the Salice Salentino or the Squinzano Rosso.

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