his section of WebFoodCulture is about the most traditional international beverages. The following articles include stories and interesting facts about the most famous wines, cocktails, spirits, carbonated drinks, etc. In addition, they provide useful information on the historic producers.


Wines, cocktails, spirits, carbonated drinks, etc. The historic producers.

Prosecco wine, the Italian sparkling excellence.


rosecco is undoubtedly one of the most famous and appreciated Italian wines in the world. The main reasons for such a reputation are its great pleasantness and versatility: characteristics that, during the last few years, have led to a huge increase in sales. Let’s find out its history, how it’s produced and a lot of interesting facts. Let’s visit the enchanting lands where its vines grow. (continue)

Italy – Section: Beverages / Veneto Region

Leonardo da Vinci and wine (img-02) Leonardo da Vinci and wine (img-02)


robably not everyone knows that Leonardo da Vinci, the great Italian scientist and artist, was very interested in the world of wine. Let’s explore this topic with the precious help of Luca Maroni, esteemed oenologist and a great expert on the Tuscan genius. (continue)

Italy – Section: Beverages / Food culture

Maraschino and Luxardo (img-05, img-06, img-07) Maraschino and Luxardo (img-05, img-06, img-07)


araschino’ is the main ingredient of many famous cocktails. The captivating flavor of this liqueur comes from a particular kind of cherry, known as ‘marasca’. It was initially produced in the city of Zara by a few entrepreneurial families. Among them, the Luxardos: they represent still today the tradition of this specialty. (continue)

Italy – Section: Beverages

The most traditional beverages.

The Italian DOCG wines. The Italian DOCG wines.


ome bottles of Italian wine bear a label around their neck, the ‘fascetta’, on which is printed the acronym ‘DOC’ or alternatively ‘DOCG’. This label is meant to certify that, after many tests and controls, the State guarantees the origin and the quality of the product. (First, second part)

Italy – Section: Beverages

A villa, Goldoni and the Friularo wine. A villa, Goldoni and the Friularo wine.


here is a place where emotions from a time past, art, culture and taste, seem to blend with each other. A beautiful, ancient villa in the Italian countryside becomes the source of feelings that inevitably ignite inspiration. It’s here that the Friularo wine was born, fruit of a sensibility slowly acquired over the centuries. (continue)

Italy – Section: Beverages

Little bubbles in the Champagne. Little bubbles in the Champagne.


hampagne is so much more than just a sparkling wine: it’s a true myth. To really understand why it’s so famous, it’s necessary to know its fascinating history, to visit the beautiful region of France where its grapes grow and to learn how it’s produced. (continue)

France – Section: Beverages

Marsala: Florio’s wine (img-01) Marsala: Florio’s wine (img-01)


tudying a wine, it happens quite often to come across interesting stories: Marsala wine is no exception. Let’s meet the fascinating Italian family who made it famous worldwide: the Florios. Let’s find out how it’s made. Let’s visit its places. (continue)

Italy – Section: Beverages

'Spritz' in Veneto Region.

‘Spritz’ in Veneto Region.


pritz’ is an aperitif from Veneto, a region in the North-East of Italy: during the last years this drink has become very famous in many countries. Its name probably comes from ‘spritzen’, a German word whose translation is ‘to spray’ and, in this case, means adding sparkling water to wine in order to dilute it and lower its alcohol content. (coming soon)

Italy – Section: Beverages

Hemingway about wine (img-04)


ine Masters is a documentary serie about the world of wine, created by the Dutch producer Klaas de Jong. An ambitious project, meant to engage viewers by giving them emotions that go far beyond classic information. (continue)

A black rooster for Chianti wine.

A black rooster for Chianti wine.


ll the bottles of Classic Chianti wine bear on their neck the image of a black roster. This image was drawn by the famous painter Giorgio Vasari to celebrate an odd challenge held in medieval times between the Republics of Florence and Siena. A dispute about the ownership of the Chianti lands that, for once, was not decided by armies but … by a rooster’s crowing.

A sip of grappa on the bridge of Bassano.


assano del Grappa: a beautiful village in the northeastern part of Italy. A wooden bridge connects the banks of the local river, the Brenta. It’s the ‘Alpini’s bridge’ (also known as ‘Old Bridge’): this name commemorates the heroism of the troops who fought in the mountains during the First World War. It was a time when soldiers had just a few joys: the ‘grappa’, a traditional alcoholic beverage, was one of them.

A sip of grappa on the bridge of Bassano.

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