About Flavored Wine from Italy

About Flavored Wine 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

Flavored Wine

Tropical NV Peach Moscato Italy
88 points
$17.99
Emerald straw color. Candied aromas of peach cobbler, coconut shortbread, and lemongrass tea with a round, crisp, sweet light-to-medium body and a silky, medium-length apricot nectar, mango preserves, and juicy tangerine finish. A sweet sparkling wine bursting with tropical fruit flavor.
88 points $17.99
Stella Rosa NV Ruby Rosé Grapefruit Sparkling Flavored Wine Italy
87 points
$14
Best Buy
Pink coral color. Floral aromas and flavors of gardenia, rose water, orange blossom, almond tea cakes, and strawberry preserves with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, very sweet light-to-medium body and a seamless, refreshing, medium-length finish manifesting notes of fruit punch and pez candies with no oak flavor. A floral and fruity wine packed with fun flavors.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Tropical NV Passion Fruit Moscato Italy
86 points
$17.99
Silvery straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of pineapples in syrup, banana taffy, and peach pie with a supple, vibrant, spritzy, very sweet light body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length finish. A tangy and candied sparkling wine that caters to your sweet tooth.
86 points $17.99
Stella Rosa NV Watermelon Flavored Wine Italy
86 points
$12
Best Buy
Bright pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of cherry jam, lime Jell-O, blueberry yogurt, and cranberry sauce with a satiny, tangy, effervescent, sweet light body and a medium finish. Notes of blueberry and cherry shine in this sweet sparkler.
86 points $12 Best Buy
RICCO NV Cherry Moscato Italy
85 points
$12
Bright pink coral color. Fruity aromas and flavors of cherry smoothie, green apple taffy, and lavender with a tangy, spritzy, very sweet light-to-medium body and a seamless, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A boldly fruity and tangy flavored sparkler for sweet tooths.
Tropical NV Mango Moscato Italy
85 points
$17.99
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of white peach, honey, key lime, lychee, and grapefruit cordial with a supple, crisp, petillant, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length pear nectar, honey, and ginger finish with well-integrated, medium tannins. A sweet and distinctively fruity Italian sweet sparkler.
85 points $17.99
Stella Rosa NV Green Apple Flavored Wine Italy
85 points
$12
Pale straw green color. Aromas of ripe cherry, ruby red grapefruit, and coconut-lime with a satiny, spritzy, sweet light body and a smooth, brisk strawberry compote and fruit punch Jell-O finish. A fruit basket of flavor welcomes your sweet tooth.
RICCO NV Mango Moscato Italy
84 points
$12
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of mango sherbet and pineapple jelly with a round, vibrant, effervescent, moderately sweet medium body and a seamless, medium-length finish with notes of tropical Skittles with no oak flavor. A tropical treat with fun bubbly sweetness.
RICCO NV Peach Moscato Italy
84 points
$12
Pale pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of mixed melons, raspberry yogurt, and peach gummies with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, sweet light-to-medium body and a polished, easy finish that exhibits notes of strawberries in sweet cream with no oak flavor. A bright and bouncy sparkler for anytime indulging.
Stella Rosa NV Semi-Sweet Rosé Italy
84 points
$14
Steely pink color. Aromas of strawberry jelly and soda with a supple, crisp, spritzy, fruity sweet light body and a snappy strawberry and watermelon candies and berry seltzer water finish. A refreshing, candied bubbly for sweet teeth.