About White Wines from Italy

About White Wines from Italy
Italy is regularly the world's leading producer of wine quantity-wise (or second next to France - the numbers are very similar), which should come as no surprise, as wine is produced in each of the country's 20 regions (this is the only country in the world where this is true). While there are still many inexpensive red wines produced in the south as well as in Abruzzo in the country's central region,along with a multitude of value-priced whites from the Veneto region in the north, the emphasis over the last thirty years in the Italian wine industry has been more on quality as well as regional and varietal differences in their wines. Some of the world's most highly regarded red wines, such as Brunello di Montalcino (Tuscany) as well as Barolo and Barbaresco (Piedmont) are produced in Italy and have brought the country great respect from critics and consumers the world round. Of course, Chianti is a moderately priced red that is as popular a red wine as there is anywhere and Barbera from Piedmont and Nero d'Avola from Sicily, two tangy, spicy reds, have become extremely popular over the past two decades. As of late, Italian white wines have made great strides, as examples from Friuli, Alto Adige and Campania among other regions, have been recognized for their distinctiveness and vibrancy. Combining a sense of history with the emphasis on traditional indigenous varieties, along with a willingness to experiment and craft wines that modern consumers are looking for, the Italian wine industry is as strong and as relevant as ever.

Top Picks for Italy

White Wines

Pieropan 2016  Soave Classico
94 points
$20.99
Pale yellow straw color. Perfumed aromas of struck flint, dried apricot, dried pineapple, tangerine, and incense with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a sleek, subtle, medium-long honey comb, fresh berry, and hard cheeses finish. Precise balance and layers of textures make this a fine Soave to take seriously.
94 points $20.99
Barone Montalto 2017  Pinot Grigio
93 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of lemon zest, chervil, orange blossom, and honey with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length acacia and fresh pear finish with no oak flavor. A rich and layered pinot grigio with charming white floral notes and vibrant acidity.
93 points $9.99 Best Buy
Jermann 2017  Sauvignon Blanc
93 points
$30
Straw green color. Aromas of grapefruit marmalade with butter on toast, meyer lemon, lime leaf, and tomato vine with a round, lively, fruity medium body and an engaging, medium-long white grapefruit, ripe papaya, sea salt, magnolia, and lemon custard finish. A very concentrated Sauvignon Blanc with an outgoing personality.
Jermann 2017  Sauvignon Blanc
93 points
$30
Straw green color. Aromas of grapefruit marmalade with butter on toast, meyer lemon, lime leaf, and tomato vine with a round, lively, fruity medium body and a delightful, medium-long white grapefruit, ripe papaya, sea salt, magnolia, and lemon custard finish. A very concentrated Sauvignon Blanc with an outgoing personality.
Candoni 2018  Pinot Grigio
90 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of pressed flowers and lemon zest with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length white peach, lemon verbena, and white pepper finish with no oak flavor. A classic Pinot Grigio with great acidity and a food-friendly style.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Candoni 2018 Organic Pinot Grigio
89 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of Meyer lemon, kumquat, white strawberry, honey, orange blossom, and melon with a silky, vibrant, light body and a seamless, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A super-juicy yet dry Pinot Grigio that will be a dream with seafood and friends.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Polvaro Tenuta 2018  Pinot Grigio
89 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of sponge cake, almond syrup, white peach, and spring florals with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, compelling, breezy finish displaying elements of gala apple, white tea, melon, and young peas with no oak flavor. A spot-on classic Pinot Grigio that offers a beautiful expression of the varietal.
89 points $15.99 Best Buy
Pizzolato 2018  Pinot Grigio
89 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Yellow color. Citrusy aromas of citron sorbet, sweet almond, and candied oranges with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, breezy pears and Turkish delight finish with no oak flavor. A juicy, fresh and silky pinot grigio that will be fantastic with shellfish.
89 points $11.99 Best Buy
Essenza di Vita 2017  Pinot Grigio
89 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of pear chutney, capers, and fuji apple with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with overtones of cantaloupe and almond with no oak flavor. A classic Italian pinot grigio with a refreshing salinity.
89 points $7.99 Best Buy
12 e Mezzo 2017  Malvasia del Salento IGP
89 points
$13.99
Best Buy
White gold color. Floral aromas of orange flower water, vanilla nougat, tangerine, and hazelnut with a silky, vibrant, fruity light body and an even, interesting, medium-length almond brittle, cherry blossom, meyer lemon, and white peach finish. A lovely floral white that will be a great pairing for shellfish.
Awards: '2018 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $15 and Under'
89 points $13.99 Best Buy