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

Varvaglione 2019  Salice Salentino DOP
95 points
$22
A rich and brooding southern Italian wine that will pair well with tomato sauces, grilled lamb or beef.
Awards: 2022 Best Regional Other Italian Red
Saracco 2020  Pinot Noir
95 points
$24
A very focused and fascinating PInot Noir with cool climate underpinnings; this wine will be a lovely surprise for the Pinot lover.
Villadoria 2018  Barbaresco DOCG
94 points
$34
A delicate, elegant and very good drinker now that will benefit from decanting and with cellar time should further integrate.
Villadoria 2018 Serralunga DAlba Barolo DOCG
94 points
$48
A high tannin wine that would benefit from some cellar time, but an excellent pairing with beef tartar, tomato sauces, or grilled meats.
Villa Puccini 2018  Chianti Riserva DOCG
94 points
$16
Best Buy
This Chianti Reserva evokes thoughts of eating a bowl of cherries in a Tuscan rose garden.
Awards: '2022 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $20 and Under' Best Value Italian Tuscany Chianti Riserva Best Pasta Red Wine
94 points $16 Best Buy
Il Duca NV Rosso Luxury Semi-Sweet Sparkling Red Wine Brachetto
94 points
$12
Best Buy
A very tasty, spot-on Lambrusco-like, Brachetto with nice layers and zippy acidity to hold it all together.
Awards: 2022 Best Sparkling Sweet Wine
94 points $12 Best Buy
Kirkland Signature 2017  Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
94 points
$14
Best Buy
A beautiful Brunello to pop now and then set down the rest of your bottles for another decade.
94 points $14 Best Buy
Collina San Ponzio 2020 Bric Dei Pittatori Barbera
94 points
$26
A ripe and buoyant Barbera bursting with berries, bramble, and bravado.
Stella Rosa NV LOriginale Black Semi-Sweet Flavored Wine Italy
94 points
$13
Best Buy
Perfect to serve with a summer dessert cheese course and fruit.
Awards: 2022 Best Sparkling Sweet Flavored Wine
94 points $13 Best Buy
Collina San Ponzio 2018  Barolo DOCG
94 points
$44
A firm but generous Barolo with distinctive caper berry flavors; stylish, balanced, bodacious.
Awards: 2022 Best Piedmont Barolo