Getting to Know the Wine Regions of Italy

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Chief investment officer and managing partner Jeffrey Steven Drobny serves the Geneva, Switzerland, and Minneapolis, MN-based global alternative investment firm Garda Capital Partners by setting the tone for its strategic direction. Jeff Drobny devoted the previous two decades of his career to overseeing fixed-income investment strategies at Cargill Inc./Black River Asset Management.

In his personal time, Jeff Drobny is an enthusiast for Italy’s history, culture, and wines. Any traveler to Italy will enjoy its rich and age-old tradition of winemaking, with a wide range of distinctive wine-producing regions. Experts have identified some 350 official varieties of Italian wines, although many believe there are actually thousands.

The country’s dozens of wine regions include Lombardy in the north, which produces chardonnay, pinot noir, and other varieties that include the high-altitude Valtellina red wines. The varieties produced in the Veneto region include merlot and the sparkling prosecco.

In the central part of the country, Tuscany offers cabernet sauvignon, the red Sangiovese (meaning “Jove’s blood”), and so many other varieties that many oenophiles consider the region a favorite. Italy’s central area is also home to Umbrian wines such as the white Trebbiano and Grechetto. Winemaking in Calabria in southern Italy is dominated by the production of white Greco and red Gaglioppo, both wines of Greek provenance.

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