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.
Ca’ Montini 2018 Single Vineyard Pinot Grigio
92 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of Amalfi lemon, star fruit, wet slate, tangerine zest, jasmine, and hints of sweet almond with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length finish manifesting suggestions of apricot fruit leather, poached apple, and tarragon with light oak flavor. A crisp and easy-drinking Pinot Grigio with a nice mineral element.
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Kirkland Signature 2018  Pinot Grigio
92 points
$5.99
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of diced apples in Greek yogurt, ripe apricot, pressed flowers, and golden kiwi with a supple, bright, dry light body and a long finish. A sophisticated northern Italian Pinot Grigio that will be great with shellfish.
92 points $5.99 Best Buy
Barone Montalto 2017  Pinot Grigio
92 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of green apple, white peach, green almond, lilac, and flint with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, complex, medium-long finish with accents of pickled snap peas and grilled apple with no oak flavor. A crisp, clean, terroir-driven Pinot Grigio to be taken seriously.
92 points $9.99 Best Buy
VOGA 2018  Pinot Grigio
91 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of wildflower honey, candied lime, and ripe peach with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light body and a crisp finish manifesting notes of juicy pears. A juicy Pinot Grigio that will pair with shellfish.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $15 and Under' Best Value Italian Pinot Grigio Exceptional Value
91 points $10.99 Best Buy
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
Art of Earth 2018 Organic Pinot Grigio
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas of ripe pear, melon, butter lettuce, and flint with a round, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and an even, charming, long green bean almondine, lime, squash blossoms, and sliced white peach tossed in vinaigrette finish with no oak flavor. A mineral-driven Pinot Grigio with elegant character.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy