About White Wines from Italy

About White 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

White Wines

Omina Romana 2018 Ars Magna Viognier
92 points
$50
Light gold color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of orange marmalade, vanilla bean, ripe starfruit, spiced orange tea, licorice, tarragon, and peach danish with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, nuanced, long finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and heavy oak flavor. A joyful Viognier with toasty and balanced oak kissed with notes of orange zest and vanilla bean.
Kirkland Signature 2020  Pinot Grigio
90 points
$5
Best Buy
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of lime custard, hints of passion fruit, fresh herbs, and straw with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length finish with notes of nectarine and melon with no oak flavor. A balanced and elegant Pinot Grigio with sophisticated fruit notes.
90 points $5 Best Buy
Guerrieri Rizzardi 2019 Cuvée XX Soave Classico DOP
90 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas of peach, limestone, fresh thyme, and hints of papaya with a satiny, vibrant, dry light body and an even, interesting, medium-length lemon spritz and gravel finish with no oak flavor. A fresh, crisp and shellfish-friendly white.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Omina Romana 2019  Chardonnay
90 points
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple pastry, coconut cream, yuzu, chamomile, thyme, and minerals with a supple, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a refreshing, medium-length finish revealing suggestions of dried peach, corn muffins, and buttered croissant with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bright, balanced, fruity and creamy Chardonnay.
Essenza di Vita 2019  Pinot Grigio
90 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Aromas of ripe melon, green apple, lime, mint, and almond with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, amusing, medium-long fresh green bean almondine, yuzu spritz, and honey finish with no oak flavor. A fresh, vibrant pinot grigio with gorgeous aroma, a bit more weight on the palate matching the great fruit flavors, and a very long, dry, yet refreshing finish; drinks effortlessly.
90 points $8.99 Best Buy
Cielo 2021  Pinot Grigio
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of lime peel, minerals, and hints of coconut with a velvety, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and an even, delightful, medium-length finish with shades of crushed pineapple, fresh herbs, and slate with no oak flavor. A fresh and rounded Pinot Grigio with a rush of sophisticated minerality.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Stella Rosa 2020  Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie
89 points
$12
Best Buy
Pale straw green color. Aromas and flavors of crisp apples, straw, hints of raw almonds, and lime zest with a satiny, lively, dry light body and a polished, medium-length finish conveying accents of underripe pineapple with no oak flavor. A lipsmacking Pinot Grigio with sophisticated fruit and floral nuances.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Bella Bolle NV Pink Moscato Italy
89 points
$8
Best Buy
Steely pink color. Aromas and flavors of rose petal jam and strawberry preserves with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with accents of peach and honeysuckle with no oak flavor. A rock solid Flavored Moscato with the sweet and springy scent of rose petals.
89 points $8 Best Buy
Cloud Watcher 2019  Pinot Grigio
89 points
$10
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of orange marmalade, sea shells, sliced green apple, and hints of almond pastry with a supple, lively, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length finish that exhibits overtones of candied ginger and grilled lemon with no oak flavor. A fresh and zingy Pinot Grigio.
89 points $10 Best Buy
Gran Conti 2020  Pinot Grigio
89 points
$10
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of diced apples in vanilla yogurt and sweet tea with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length hints of elderflower, lavender, lemon zest, and almond finish with no oak flavor. A fresh and tea-like Pinot Grigio that drinks effortlessly.
89 points $10 Best Buy