The history of Italian viticulture is very ancient and dates back to contact with the populations of the eastern Mediterranean, who through travels and conquests brought the cultivation of vines to Italy even before 1,000 BC
Starting from Sicily and Calabria and gradually rising towards the north, since then the art of cultivating vines and producing wine has become one of the country's excellences, together with art, landscape, food...
Today Italy is among the largest wine producers in the world and, together with France, is considered the nation with the best wine.
In the Italian peninsula, in fact, there are approximately 10,000 companies and 1,300 wineries, for a total of over 265,000 producers and 72,300 hectares of land planted with vines. There are more than 450 varieties of wine and over 510 geographical indications, for approximately 1 million and 300 thousand people employed in the world of wine. The importance of Italian wine can also be seen in global balances: for example, of the vineyards grown organically throughout the world, 22% are found in Italy.
However, if much is known about large producers, little attention is paid to small and medium-sized winemakers , whose cellars produce small volumes: many of these winemakers dedicate their lives to producing small quantities of excellent wine, and they do it with passion. Their work on the vineyards (often artisanal and experimental at the same time!) is fundamental because it preserves secrets and traditions kept within the cellars for generations. Secrets that are hidden in their wine.
With Sommelier Wine Box we want to support these people as they spread their stories and unique products.
We want to make these limited edition products known, and support them by bringing a piece of Italy home to all enthusiasts every month, valorising the small production companies that are still too little known, the ones that have always made this country great.