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

Saracco 2023  Moscato dAsti DOP
93 points
$18
Best Buy
Ripe fruit and a sweet finish make this an easy wine to share instead of dessert; approachable and with a level of depth and complexity behind the sugar that will appeal to lovers of sophisticated bubbles.
93 points $18 Best Buy
Belletti NV Extra Dry Prosecco DOC
93 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Fresh and fruit forward Prosecco that feels light and airy on the palate; a perfect brunch wine.
93 points $9.99 Best Buy
Martini & Rossi NV Extra Dry Sparkling Rosé
93 points
$14
Best Buy
A uniquely savory yet fruit forward style of sparkling wine that you could drink with anything and everything.
93 points $14 Best Buy
Kirkland Signature 2022 Rosé Prosecco DOC
93 points
$7
Best Buy
A fruity, vibrant, spry Prosecco that refreshes the palate with every sip.
93 points $7 Best Buy
Ca’ di Rajo 2022 Brut Rosé Prosecco di Treviso DOC
93 points
$14
Best Buy
A pleasing and easy sipping Rosé with a touch of red fruits; extremely food friendly.
93 points $14 Best Buy
Rinaldi NV Joyful Extra Dry Spumante Italy
93 points
$28
Citrus forward and bright with a subtle hint of salinity makes this sparkling completely crushable yet sophisticated enough to bring to dinner.
Monzio Compagnoni 2018 Brut Saten Millesimato Franciacorta DOCG
93 points
$57
This is some world class methode traditionale Blanc de Blanc bubbles, regardless of what country it comes from.
La Gioiosa 2021  Prosecco di Treviso DOC
93 points
$14
Best Buy
A rich, yet refreshing, very pleasurable Prosecco bursting with ample fruit that glides down the palate with silky texture, fine carbonation, and pinpoint balance.
93 points $14 Best Buy
Stella Rosa NV Gold V.S. Rosé Glera
93 points
$29
Fruity and refreshing, but a more serious style of Prosecco that can hold its own next to some traditional French sparkling wines.
Luna Nuda 2021  Prosecco di Treviso DOC
93 points
$13
Best Buy
A crisp and floral sparkler and fruity crowd pleaser, but with sufficient acid and structure for cocktails and dry wine fans.
Awards: 2022 Best Prosecco
93 points $13 Best Buy