Viva Southern Italy! The Wine & Tastes of Southern Italy

Viva Southern Italy! The Wine & Tastes of Southern Italy
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Viva Southern Italy! The Wine & Tastes of Southern Italy. 
Presented by Paul Kelly Wheeler



The diversity of Italy is endless. From the tranquility of the countryside to the bustling squares, the historic architechture gives way to the rolling hills of the vineyard landscape. This is Enotria--the land of wine!

Join us for this special in-depth Viva class to explore the rich culture and regional cuisine of Southern Italy, where the intensity of the warm Mediterranean climate combined with the depth of slow-ripened grapes of higher altitudes yields wines that are elegant yet powerful. The wines of Southern Italy are an expression of the land, both varied and distinctive, yet true to tradition. We’ll give you the tools to understand and appreciate these lesser known indigenous varieties, many of which can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the finest wines of the old world, like Taurasi and Nero d’Avola.

The south of Italy has more area under vine than any other Italian region. Learn about these unique wines while enjoying a taste of regional cuisine which is also based on the agricultural wealth of locally grown ingredients and abundance of fresh seafood. 


Class will include:

  • A primer on Italian pronunciation, ie how do you say Catarratto or Inzolia?
  • An overview on the regions of Italy, with emphasis on the Southern wine regions

  • History of Italian production through current day

  • Visual presentation and pictures of regions

  • Seven - Nine (7-9) wines for tasting

  • Additional tastes of Cuisine selections to tie into regions, like Crostini with Italian ham, Fontina cheese and porcini mushroom; Frittata with Tuscan kale and potato; and Frisse salad with crispy Prosciutto, croutons, Asiago and poached egg.

  • All AWS courses with wine ALWAYS include artisanal cheeses, salumi, olive selection, warmed marcona almonds with olive oil & rosemary, dark chocolate truffles, and a selection of crackers and fresh breads (some are Gluten-Free options)

    This class will be held at Vino Venue, home of Atlanta Wine School, located at:

    4478 Chamblee Dunwoody Road
    Dunwoody, GA 30338

    View a map of our location.