15 of the best Italian wines from Chianti to Barolo to Pinot Grigio


In a country that is not so large, the volume, range and quality of the wine they produce is always impressive. In fact, it remains the largest wine producer in the world with more than 700,000 hectares of vineyards growing – bigger than France or Spain.

From Piedmont in the northwest to Friuli and Veneto in the northeast to Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna, Apulia and the islands of Sardinia and Sicily, you will find a selection of different high-quality wines that reflect different terroirs and traditions.

We can only give you the choice of products available here, but it is quite impressive. It focuses on red and white wine still and illuminates an old wine trend that is becoming increasingly popular – Appassimento.

The grapes that are harvested are dried in the winter months so that they become rich and concentrated in sugar and aroma. They are then added to red wine to produce wines of exceptional wealth and quality. A similar method is used to make Ripasso wine.

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10 Best Tuscan Red Wines
But we haven’t forgotten about other red wines in Italy, including Barolo, Chianti, Valpolicella, and interesting and festive white wines in the country, such as the very popular Pinot Grigio and the less well-known but equally charming apus wood.

All show that Italy deserves a place at the top of the wine production league.

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Sardinia goes its own way when it comes to wine making. For something different, try this canonau (its words for beef) from the northwestern part of the island, with the aroma of cherries and red berries and a few herbs and spices. The label claims it is a “harmonious” wine that can “reduce pain”. This is a solution to say that after one or two glasses you will feel better. Needless to say, it’s a great accompaniment to meat or pasta dishes.

Don’t you think Italian wine is very different? There is concrete evidence about this here. The painful mixture of 50 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 50 percent Cabernet Franc from Treviso in northwestern Italy ripens in a concrete barrel – then the bottle is covered in concrete with a leather label. As long as you are strong enough to lift and pour a bottle, you will find a rich and complex layer of red wine on a layer of dark aroma and red fruity with a hint of chocolate and vanilla. It is also packaged nicely in the presentation box.

Big money for good wine. Amarone is “Appassimo” wine. This means that the grapes are harvested and then dried indoors in winter until it is almost raisins. The result is a must that is highly concentrated, sweet and sticky (skin, seeds and fruit stems) that can turn into a delicious dessert wine. But here he continues to ferment to produce strong, dry red bursts with large aromatic cherries and raisins, structured tannins and long results. You can drink it now, but it will take years. And be careful, with an ABV of 15.5 percent, a little is enough.

Pinot Grigio tends to get something bad just because it’s very popular and not too expensive. And while all these cheaper green pins are good enough, spend a little more and find out how good these Italian staples are. This medium to low wine in Trentino is a mixture full of apple and grapefruit aromas with floral and herbal aromas and pleasant acidity of citrus fruits. An impressive large alcoholic drink that matches antipasti or other light Italian dishes

Gone are the days when Chianti came in a bottle of straw onions which hosted the lights made an effort. Now it’s all about taste. This Chianti choice by Berry Bros and Rud came from the Stucchi Prinetti family in Badia a Coltibuono in the heart of the Chianti region. It is made from Sangiovese grapes and is strong with the aroma of cherries and red berries with elegant tannins.

Fresh and light white wine from the Piedmontese Roero Hill from local Arnei wine. Winemakers Luisela and Jian Paolo use grape growing methods that are environmentally friendly and sustainable. The end result is a lively wine with a taste of fruit shops – melons, apricots, linden and apples – combined with inspired minerals. Enjoy as an alcoholic drink or with a light salad or pasta dish.

From the Veneto region, this is another red Appassimento wine with partially dried grapes, whose aromas of black cherries and rich and rich dried fruits are brought to the surface. At this price, this is a cheaper and more acceptable alternative to the more expensive Amarone and having to get into a storm with delicious beef dishes. Praised by the International Wine Challenge, he also received a satisfying 97% approval rating from satisfied Majestic customers.

It might be strange to buy a wine named Ben (slightly better than Dave), but the winemaker Nitardi said it was always given to his youngest son and the most popular. And the white-gold color of this 100% grape is the latest addition to the Maremma plantation. Young, fresh and agile, it brings the Tuscan autumnal taste to the table, with its lively and extensive citrus and fruity aromas and fresh minerals.

We return here with another classic Italian red wine from the mountain village of Castione Andvenno near the Swiss border in Lombardy to a partially dry wine region. Spartans (Italian for “tense”) are made of 100% Nebbiolo grapes and made from straw mats after drying grapes that are harvested for several months. It concentrates aroma and alcohol (eg 15 percent BC) and leads to grapes like this with the aroma of plum and black fruits which are intense and almost extraordinary with the scent of lemon and dark chocolate. Soft tannins and a long finish make it an unforgettable wine.

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The best purchases come from Sardinia. Cantina Sorres Pensamentu Cannonau is everything good red wine. Full of cherry and broom scents, soft tannins and long finishes. Just add a good pasta dish for a wedding in heaven.

Everyone has their own Italian favorite, whether it’s fresh and dried Pinot Noir from Bottega Vinai or Chianti which is elegant and runny like Berry Bros. & Rudds Chianti Classico. But why not experiment with refreshing whites like Adnams Roero Arneis or the red fruit La Lus Albarossa Villa Banfi Piemonte? If you want to follow the Appassimento path, you can start with Majestic’s Negrar Il Viaggio or Superpore Valpalicella Ripasso by Cecilia Beretta from Corney & Barrow.

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