About Dessert Wines from Italy

About Dessert 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

Dessert Wines

San Antonio Fruit Farm NV Semi-Sweet Peach Passion Fruit Flavored Wine Italy
90 points
$16
Best Buy
Clear color. Aromas of elderflower and white tea with a medium-full body and a medium-long jasmine, brown sugar, and capers finish. A floral, slightly sweet wine for affogados.
90 points $16 Best Buy
Corte Bella  Rosso
90 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry sorbet, pomegranate juice, rosehip preserves, and ume with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish conveying nuances of strawberry shortcake, raspberry gelee, and wet stone with no oak flavor. A delicious, fun and fizzy red that is sure to be a hit; drink up.
90 points $6.99 Best Buy
Stella Rosa NV Semi-Sweet Berry Flavored Wine Italy
89 points
$16
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of stewed berries, figs and prunes, and cocoa and carob with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, off-dry medium body and an effortless, appealing, medium-length finish manifesting touches of dark berry sorbet with no oak flavor. A unique, sweet sparkler with a distinctive combination of ripe berry fruit and meaty savory flavors to pair with charcuterie.
89 points $16 Best Buy
Stella Rosa NV Ruby Rose Grapefruit Flavored Wine Italy
88 points
$16
Pink color. Aromas of geranium, orange blossom, and lime oil with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long elderflower, watermelon candy, and white flowers finish. A Moscato "rose" that would be great with an apple crisp; a glass full of crushed berries.
RICCO NV Dolce Italy
87 points
$12
Best Buy
Violet color. Sweet aromas and flavors of raspberry pastilles, honey on berries, and pomegranate juice with a slightly chewy, spritzy, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, agreeable finish manifesting elements of seedless grapes. A juicy, fruity, bubbly red that’s great for spicy fried chicken or daytime celebrations.
87 points $12 Best Buy
San Antonio Fruit Farm NV Semi-Sweet Blackberry Orange Flavored Wine Italy
86 points
$16
Neon garnet color. Herbal aromas and flavors of baby powder, lemon-lavender soap, berry phosphate, and Jell-O powder with a supple, spritzy, moderately sweet medium body and an effortless, captivating, medium-length finish that shows accents of orange sherbet with no oak flavor. An interesting orange and berry-flavored bubbly with a curious herbal streak.
Villa M 2020 Sweet White Piemonte DOC
86 points
$16
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe nectarine, white flowers, and candied lemon peel with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a seamless, refreshing, medium-length finish with shades of honey on apricot, mango sorbet, and lychee with no oak flavor. A fruity, balanced sweet wine with succulent fruit flavors.
Wifey NV Sweet Cuvée Italy
85 points
$21
Pale golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of peach blossom, nectarine, and lilac with a satiny, racy, bubbly, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, relaxed finish that exhibits notes of pear, lemon and lime, beeswax, wet stone, lavender, and macintosh apples with no oak flavor. An orchard-fruit driven, crisp and fizzy wine for brunch, patios, and beyond.
Bella Bolle NV Rosso Italy
85 points
$7
Light ruby black color. Aromas of black raspberry, plum, citrus peel, white chocolate mint, and mixed berry smoothie with a round, lively, spritzy, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, swift blood orange, cherry juice, pomegranate, jasmine, and lemon zest finish with fine, well-integrated tannins and no oak flavor. An off-dry sparkler for brunch quaffing.
Juicy NV Semi-Sweet Sparkle Strawberry Flavored Wine Italy
84 points
$16
Pink color. Curious aromas and flavors of strawberry jelly donut with a supple, bright, frothy, sweet light-to-medium body and a graceful, medium-length finish that exhibits elements of hawaiian fruit punch with strawberry sorbet and honey butter with no oak flavor. A sweet strawberry-flavored bubbly to warm the heart.