About Italian Wine

About Italian Wine
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

Kirkland Signature 2016  Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
94 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry, cherry tobacco, cocoa, and vintage leather with a tannic, racy, dry full body and a warming, very long finish revealing notes of cranberry sage jam, rose hip, cured meats, and juniper with firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. Complexity abounds in this Brunello; easily pair with show-stopping meals or allow it to unfold in the glass over long conversations.
Awards: '2021 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $15 and Under' Best Value Tuscan Red
94 points $19.99 Best Buy
Ruggeri 2020 Giustino B Prosecco DOCG
94 points
$31.99
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple gummies, lemon swathe, and mandarin with a lean, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry light body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish that presents touches of ripe pear and cantaloupe with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. Perfectly balanced bubbly; great for sipping or pairing.
Awards: 2021 Best Prosecco
94 points $31.99
Acquesi NV Spumante Asti DOCG
94 points
$14
Best Buy
Brilliant straw color. Aromas of peach puree, fresh apricot, yellow apple, lime zest, and lemon candy with a satiny, lively, fizzy, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and an interesting, relaxed lemon curd, honeycomb, pineapple cola, mineral, and peach syrup finish with no oak flavor. An ethereal, delicious, and precisely balanced Sparkling Moscato; ready to pair with a fresh fruit and cream dessert - or replace dessert entirely.
Awards: 2021 Best Asti Spumante
94 points $14 Best Buy
Kirkland Signature 2015  Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
93 points
$26
Burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of leather, rose, black tea, fresh thyme, sandalwood, and dried cherries with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, long finish that exhibits shades of hibiscus with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A delicious, well-integrated Brunello that will continue to improve with age.
Omina Romana 2016 Ars Magna Merlot
93 points
$70
Brick red color. Aromas of candied cherry, raspberry gelee, and red bell pepper with a round, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a complex, long leather, licorice, cola, and cafe au lait finish with silky, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A silky, well integrated Merlot that will fit right in with an excellent steak.
Ruggeri 2018 Giustino B. Extra Dry Prosecco Superiore DOCG
93 points
$31.99
Emerald straw color. Aromas of dried pear, hints of dried peach, purple flowers, and lime curd with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-length green apple, almonds, and shortcake finish with no oak flavor. A fruity, palate-pleasing Prosecco that’s a joy to sip and celebrate with.
93 points $31.99
Emporium 2017 Appassimento Salento IGP
93 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Brown brick red color. Smoky, savory aromas and flavors of grilled berries, pickled and roasted ramps, tar and pomace, and farmyard earth with a supple, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, intriguing, long finish that shows accents of craisins and spiced toffee with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A great range and balance of bright fruit and smoky flavors make this a delightful choice for a BBQ outing.
93 points $14.99 Best Buy
Collina San Ponzio 2016 Barolo Fossati Barolo DOCG
93 points
$85
Garnet black color. Attractive aromas and flavors of dried cherry and apricot, raspberry, sun dried tomato, mushrooms, grilled baguette brushed with olive oil, and barnyard with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, intricate, long finish manifesting notes of toasted pine nuts and tar with light oak flavor. A dreamy Barolo with enticing notes of maturity and great length; cellar.
Villadoria 2017 Bricco Magno Nebbiolo
92 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Brick red color. Aromas and flavors of tar, truffle paste, licorice, and ripe red plum with a slightly chewy, lively, dry medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, long finish with suggestions of tart cherry, lingonberry, and anise seeds with firm, drying tannins and moderate oak flavor. Tart red fruits and floral nuance make this a nice example of the style.
Awards: 2021 World Wine Championships - Best Value Nebbiolo
92 points $17.99 Best Buy
Kirkland Signature 2017  Barolo DOCG
92 points
$19
Best Buy
Burnt sienna color. Aromas and flavors of peony blossoms, wintergreen, clay, nutella, and strawberry tisane with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dryish medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish manifesting notes of almond skins, juicy cherries, and rhubarb with a suggestion of oak flavor. A bright Barolo fine-tuned to the American palate; juicy and generous.
92 points $19 Best Buy