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

12 E Mezzo 2021  Malvasia
94 points
$15
Best Buy
A lovely example of Malvasia with excellent fruit and floral elements that remains restrained from being overly perfumed.
94 points $15 Best Buy
Ama Bene NV  Pinot Grigio
93 points
$11
Best Buy
A refreshing white wine with soft lemon and apple aromas coupled with soft acidity; a definite crowd pleaser.
93 points $11 Best Buy
Contempo NV  White Moscato
93 points
$9
Best Buy
A fun and fruity crowd pleaser at the tailgate, or really anytime you want some sweet bubbles.
93 points $9 Best Buy
Art Of Earth 2021  Pinot Grigio
93 points
$15
Best Buy
A distinctive, zippy, and complex Pinot Grigio with aromatics of spiced stone fruit that captures your attention, and far from another neutral and humdrum white wine.
93 points $15 Best Buy
Cupcake 2020  Pinot Grigio
93 points
$11
Best Buy
A vivacious variation on a classic theme to please the whole party.
93 points $11 Best Buy
Anselmi 2022 Bianco San Vincenzo
92 points
$17
Best Buy
A light and refreshing wine for the summer that will be especially nice paired with salads on picnics.
92 points $17 Best Buy
Candoni 2022  Pinot Grigio
92 points
$14
Best Buy
More aromatic than the typical Pinot Grigio with all of the zest and ripe fruit; a memorable crowd pleaser.
92 points $14 Best Buy
Villa Puccini 2022  Pinot Grigio
92 points
$15
Best Buy
Crisp, light and floral, this is a textbook Pinot Grigio that would pair well with light fish dishes, salty cheese and fresh fruit.
92 points $15 Best Buy
Palmento Costanzo 2021 Mofete Bianco Etna DOC
92 points
$18
Best Buy
A serious dinner white wine that will compliment a seafood pasta in a cream sauce.
92 points $18 Best Buy
Cantina Zaccagnini 2021  Pinot Grigio
92 points
$18
Best Buy
Crisp and refreshing, this is exactly what a consumer is looking for from Italian Pinot Grigio.
Awards: '2022 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $20 and Under' Best Value Italian Regional Pinot Grigio
92 points $18 Best Buy