They say that almost 2000 grape varieties exist in Italy making it famous for its diversity of both styles and quality. Rivalled only by France and Spain as the leading producer by volume, Italy boasts over 500 quality regions across DOCG, DOC and IGT. It is the home of Chianti, Barolo, Barbaresco, Soave, Valpolicella, Amarone, Orvieto, Asti Spumante and, most topically, Prosecco - plus many more. It developed Pinot Grigio and is the source of many leading grape varieties. A country worth exploring.