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.
Ca’ Montini 2018 Single Vineyard Pinot Grigio
92 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of Amalfi lemon, star fruit, wet slate, tangerine zest, jasmine, and hints of sweet almond with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length finish manifesting suggestions of apricot fruit leather, poached apple, and tarragon with light oak flavor. A crisp and easy-drinking Pinot Grigio with a nice mineral element.
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Kirkland Signature 2018  Pinot Grigio
92 points
$5.99
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of diced apples in Greek yogurt, ripe apricot, pressed flowers, and golden kiwi with a supple, bright, dry light body and a long finish. A sophisticated northern Italian Pinot Grigio that will be great with shellfish.
92 points $5.99 Best Buy
Barone Montalto 2017  Pinot Grigio
92 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of green apple, white peach, green almond, lilac, and flint with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, complex, medium-long finish with accents of pickled snap peas and grilled apple with no oak flavor. A crisp, clean, terroir-driven Pinot Grigio to be taken seriously.
92 points $9.99 Best Buy
VOGA 2018  Pinot Grigio
91 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of wildflower honey, candied lime, and ripe peach with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light body and a crisp finish manifesting notes of juicy pears. A juicy Pinot Grigio that will pair with shellfish.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $15 and Under' Best Value Italian Pinot Grigio Exceptional Value
91 points $10.99 Best Buy
Art of Earth 2018 Organic Pinot Grigio
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas of ripe pear, melon, butter lettuce, and flint with a round, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and an even, charming, long green bean almondine, lime, squash blossoms, and sliced white peach tossed in vinaigrette finish with no oak flavor. A mineral-driven Pinot Grigio with elegant character.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Cantina Zaccagnini 2018  Pinot Grigio
90 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Interesting, green, citrusy aromas and flavors of lemon zest, toasty cashew nougat, chive blossom, and roasted agave with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, charming, medium-length finish with notes of lime spritzed apple and jicama and melon rind. A bright and focused pinot grigio with a nice sense of place; this will cut through fatty foods like a laser.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $20 and Under'
90 points $16.99 Best Buy