The south of Italy has experienced a veritable explosion in quality and originality since mid- to late 90s. Once-isolated pockets of quality continue to mushroom and there is now quality as well as quantity from the ever swelling ranks of excellent producers in the Mezzogiorno. As in much of Italy the general standard of winemaking is at an unprecedented level. Add this to some high-quality vineyard sources, both new and old, and a rich hoard of ancient grape varieties (often Greek in origin) and you begin to see what is possible. The big three are Campania, Puglia and Sicily but don’t ignore some brilliant wines from Basilicata, Calabria and Sardinia too. All six regions serve up both good-value bottles and world-class wines.