About Sparkling Wines from Italy

About Sparkling 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

Sparkling Wines

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
Saracco 2018  Moscato dAsti DOP
94 points
$15.99
Best Buy
White gold color. Green, grassy aromas and flavors of tropical flowers and leaves, peach-pear compote, and honeyed herbs and spice with a round, vibrant, effervescent, sweet medium body and a sleek, nuanced, very long finish displaying notes of tropical fruit salad, orange and apricot sorbets, and wet sandstone. A robust, concentrated Moscato d’Asti with great fruity flavor and length.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Sparkling Wine $20 and Under' Best Value Italian Wine Exceptional Value
94 points $15.99 Best Buy
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
Saracco 2020 Moscato dAsti Piemonte DOC
92 points
$16
Best Buy
Bright yellow straw color. Aromas of white flowers, apricots in syrup, guava, honey cake, and angel food cake with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, sweet full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long sugared peaches and wildflower honey finish with no oak flavor. Lovely balance and complex honied flavors shine in this great example of Piedmont’s Moscato d’Asti.
Awards: 2021 Best Moscato d'Asti
92 points $16 Best Buy
Cielo 2020 Rosé Prosecco DOC
92 points
$12
Best Buy
Steely pink color. Aromas of ripe strawberries, fresh thyme, and hints of toast with a round, vibrant, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length raspberry coulis finish with no oak flavor. A deliciously fruity Prosecco with a silky mousse of fresh bubbles.
92 points $12 Best Buy
Risata 2019  Moscato dAsti DOCG
92 points
$14
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Floral aromas and flavors of peony flower patch, acacia and chestnuts honey, apricot puree, and pecan tree with a supple, tangy, effervescent, moderately sweet full body and a subtle, long finish displaying accents of peach sorbet, sultanas, and tangerine and melon sorbets with no oak flavor. An ebullient bubbly bursting with fresh, floral, fruit and honey flavors.
Awards: '2020 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Sparkling Wine $15 and Under' Best Value Moscato dAsti Exceptional Value
92 points $14 Best Buy
Saracco 2019  Moscato dAsti DOP
92 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe peach, honey candies, orange flower water, and allspice with a velvety, vibrant, spritzy, sweet medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with accents of mango, pear, and tangerine juice. Intense palate-pleasing flavors of ripe fruits and honey intoxicate the senses in this concentrated Moscato D’Asti.
92 points $16.99 Best Buy
Kirkland Signature NV  Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG
92 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon drop candies, juicy pear, pineapple, gremolata, ripe melon, and white peach with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, medium-length finish evoking shades of white strawberry and limestone with no oak flavor. A crisp and joyful Prosecco with elegant notes of orchard fruit and fresh herbs.
92 points $6.99 Best Buy
Martini & Rossi NV Spumante Asti DOCG
92 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Fresh, attractive aromas and flavors of caramel corn and pound cake with peach sherbet with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, moderately sweet medium body and a seamless, elegant, long finish revealing notes of candied apricot, golden raisins, and orange blossom honey. A vibrantly delicious Moscato d’Asti that is sure to please.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Sparkling Wine $15 and Under' Exceptional Value
92 points $12.99 Best Buy