REGION: Sicily, Italy
Sicily and the Mediterranean basin in general have long been known for producing huge quantities of largely unremarkable wine meant for consumption on sun-kissed beaches only. These days, however, they are investing in quality. Allied to an admirable dogged adherence to their own native varieties, this policy is started to bear fruit (ahem). Altitude and volcanic soils help keep the freshness, and the dry climate makes going organic relatively straight-forward.