Italy

Italy has some of the oldest wine production methods in the world and almost every part of the country is planted under vine. From the Alps in the north to the very southernmost parts of Sicily where Africa is almost in sight, wine is successfully cultivated. In addition to the latitude covered, Italy's many mountains and hills provide a plethora of altitudes for grape growing in various soils and micro-climates. The extensive coastlines along the peninsula that is Italy provide maritime climates for the coastal wine-growing areas. Over 350 grape varieties are 'authorised' in Italy, though up to 550 varieties are thought to be grown.

The classification system of Italian wines has four classes, with the intention of defining a wine's origin a quality. Two of these classes are table wines, whilst DOC and DOCG fall under the EU quality wine produced in a specific region category. Vino da Tavola (VDT) means that the wine comes from Italy. Most of these wines are generally basic table wines that are consumed domestically. Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT) denotes a more specific region within Italy, and the resultant will be of higher quality than simple table wines, but won't conform to the rules required for higher certification. Both Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) and Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) are regionally more specific than IGT, and have stricter rules regarding the grape varieties grown, yields per hectare, minimum alcohol levels and so on. The major difference between DOC and DOCG is that the latter has to undergo a blind-tasting session to ensure the highest quality is achieved. Italy has 32 DOCG appelations, 311 DOC appelations and 120 IGT zones.

Key regions include Piedmont, Tuscany, Abruzzo, Veneto, Sicily and Sardinia. Common white varieties grown are Pinot Grigio, Arneis, Vermentino, Verdicchio, Fiano and Moscato. The red varieties grown the most are Sangiovese, Barbera, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo, Montepulciano, Primitivo, Nero d'Avola and Corvina.
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  1. Paitin Sori Paitin Barbaresco Serraboella 2016
    These wines from Luca Pasquero Elia and his family are some of my favorites in this entire report. Yes, there are wines with higher scores, but the Paitin portfolio shows an unmistakable magic, across the board, with these new releases. ... Learn More
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  2. Giovanni Rosso Barolo Serra 2016
    AROMA Fine and deep, introduced by Mediterranean citrusy sensations, followed by violet, bergamot, wet stones, forest leaves and elegant hints of white pepper. PALATE Juicy; progressive delicate tannins and vibrant acidity. Neat and savoury finish. ... Learn More
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  3. Giovanni Rosso Barolo Ceretta 2016
    AROMA Fine and deep, introduced by Mediterranean citrusy sensations, followed by violet, bergamot, wet stones, forest leaves and elegant hints of white pepper. PALATE Juicy; progressive delicate tannins and vibrant acidity. Neat and savoury finish. ... Learn More
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  4. Le Ragnaie Brunello Di Montalcino Docg 2015
    The exciting news from Le Ragnaie is the release of a new wine, made entirely with fruit from Montosoli. Otherwise, about half of the estate vineyards are located in the higher-elevation parts of the appellation. These locations usually show lots ... Learn More
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    Monica Larner
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  5. Speri Amarone 2013
    A deep garnet red in color, it has an ethereal bouquet of dried fruit. On the palate, it is full-bodied, warm, mouth-filling and dry. A substantial wine of rare elegance that lends itself well to ageing. Undisputedly symbolic of the ... Learn More
    Speri Amarone 2013
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  6. Gd Vajra Barolo Coste Di Rose 2016
    "Coste di Rose is possibly the most approachable cru of Barolo at this stage, with roses and a floral-dominated nose, combined with marasca cherry and hints of licorice and mint. A very elegant and pleasurable structure that flows gracefully on ... Learn More
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  7. Allegrini Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2016
    Vintage 2016 was characterized by generally positive climatic conditions, despite above-average rainfall in spring. Heavy rain in May meant that prompt and thorough preventative measures had to be undertaken to protect the vines, which successfully safeguarded their health. The marked differences ... Learn More
  8. G.D. Vajra Barolo Coste Di Rose 2015
    "Coste di Rose is possibly the most approachable cru of Barolo at this stage, with roses and a floral-dominated nose, combined with marasca cherry and hints of licorice and mint. A very elegant and pleasurable structure that flows gracefully on ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  10. Fontodi Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 'Vigna Del Sorbo' 2015
    Fontodi is located in the heart of Chianti Classico precisely in the valley which lies south of the town of Panzano and is called the “Conca d’Oro” (the golden shell) because of its amphitheatre shape. A genuine and characteristc “ ... Learn More
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  11. Gaja Barolo Dagromis 2015
    The "Dagromis" wine of Gaja winery is a famous Barolo, made from 100% Nebbiolo grapes, grown in the vineyards of La Morra. The wine is aged for 12 months in barriques and other 12 months in traditional oak barrels. It is named after ... Learn More
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  12. Fontodi 'Vigna Del Sorbo' Chianti Gran Selezione 2013
    It is impossible to exaggerate my enthusiasm for this set of new releases from Giovanni Manetti's venerable Fontodi. - Monica Larner ... Learn More
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    Monica Larner
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  13. Massolino Barolo Parafada 2015
    In 1957, Parafada became the Massolino family’s first prime parcel of Serralunga and it is still home to their oldest vines (now almost 60 years old). Massolino own a 1.13 hectare parcel that rises steeply from 300 to 340 metres above sea level and ... Learn More
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    Antonio Galloni
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    The Wine Advocate
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  14. Ascheri Barolo 'Pisapola' 2015
    Dottore (Doctor) Matteo Ascheri is not only the 5th generation owner and winemaker of his family estate (established 1880), he also runs a 4 star resort and traditional 'Osteria' (restaurant) next to the winery in Bra. In addition to this, Matteo is ... Learn More
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  15. Massolino Barolo 'Parussi' 2015
    The Massolino clan purchased a 1.3-hectare plot of this cru in 2007; it is the only Barolo vineyard that they own outside of Serralunga. Though Parussi is in fact situated close to the Serralunga border, but in Castiglione Falletto. The iron-rich, ‘ ... Learn More
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    The Wine Advocate
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    Antonio Galloni
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  16. Ettore Germano Barolo Lazzarito Riserva 2007
    The wine is made from hand-picked fruit in the Lazzarito area the older vineyard planted in 1931. ... Learn More
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    Monica Larner
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    Walter Speller
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  18. Poggio Scalette "Il Carbonaione" Alta Valle Della Greve Igt 2015
    The Il Carbonaione is a lovely mid-weight expression of Sangiovese produced by Podere Poggio Scalette ... Learn More
  19. Ascheri Barolo 'Pisapola' 2013
    Dottore (Doctor) Matteo Ascheri is not only the 5th generation owner and winemaker of his family estate (established 1880), he also runs a 4 star resort and traditional 'Osteria' (restaurant) next to the winery in Bra. In addition to this, Matteo is ... Learn More
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    Mark Faber
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  20. Romano Dal Forno Valpolicella Superiore 2008
    70% Corvina and Corvina grossa, 20% Rondinella, 5% Croatina and 5% Oseleta. Offers hints of blueberry, blackberry, cherry and chocolate which emerge gradually as the wine breathes. The potent tannins, which give structure to this product, are in perfect symbiosis with the velvety aromas ... Learn More
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    Antonio Galloni
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    Richard Hemming
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  21. Ascheri Barolo 'Sorano' 2013
    Dottore (Doctor) Matteo Ascheri is not only the 5th generation owner and winemaker of his family estate (established 1880), he also runs a 4 star resort and traditional 'Osteria' (restaurant) next to the winery in Bra. In addition to this, Matteo is ... Learn More
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    Mark Faber
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    Huon Hooke
  22. Ascheri Barolo 'Sorano' 2015
    Dottore (Doctor) Matteo Ascheri is not only the 5th generation owner and winemaker of his family estate (established 1880), he also runs a 4 star resort and traditional 'Osteria' (restaurant) next to the winery in Bra. In addition to this, Matteo is ... Learn More
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    Mark Faber
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  23. Casanova Di Neri Brunello Di Montalcino 'Tenuta Nuova' 2015
    Founded in 1971 by Giovanni Neri who with his great vision and passion understood the huge potential of wine in the Montalcino territory, it was passed on to his son Giacomo in 1991.The production started in the Eastern part of Montalcino ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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  24. Emidio Pepe Montepulciano D'Abruzzo 2010
    Clean, fresh and plummy on the nose. The fresh, primary fruit characters are maximised by the fact that it does not age in oak, making it approachable and ready to drink. Well-balanced with good structure and a long finish. ... Learn More
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  25. Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 2016
    The nose is overflowing with fruit, with everything from strawberry compote to raspberry tea to chutney and boysenberry spread. There’s marvelous intensity and concentration to the palate, which is full-bodied and very long. The tannins have a grainy, grippy ... Learn More
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  26. Sandrone Barolo 'Le Vigne' 2015
    A blend of four small parcels, Le Vigne is Luciano Sandrone’s ode to “traditional”, or blended Barolo. All of the sites that go into Le Vigne are markedly different in terms of altitude, exposure and soil, and together they ... Learn More
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    Antonio Galloni
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    Monica Larner
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  27. ONLINE TASTING PACK - G.D. VAJRA ITALIAN WINE TASTING WITH GIUSEPPE VAJRA

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  28. La Spinetta Barbaresco 'Cru Starderi' 2015
    Ideal with grilled food, sauced and elaborate red meat and wild game. ... Learn More
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    Antonio Galloni
  29. Massolino Barolo 'Vigna Rionda ' 2012
    Vigna Rionda is historically the most revered vineyard of Serralunga. The site is renowned for finesse and yet the longevity of the Barolo wines it is able to produce. The wine from this exceptional site begins life as a coiled ... Learn More
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    Antonio Galloni
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  30. Ornellaia Doc 2015
    "The 2015 Ornellaia is a dream wine with magnificent balance." - 98 points, Antonio Galloni On the nose it reveals notes of ripe red berry fruit, tobacco, spices and vanilla. The palate is rich, thick and broad, characterized by an excellent tannic ... Learn More
    Ornellaia Doc 2015
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    James Suckling
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    Antonio Galloni
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    Wine Spectator
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  31. Massolino Barolo 'Vigna Rionda ' 2014
    Vigna Rionda is historically the most revered vineyard of Serralunga and the source of some of the greatest, finest and long-lived Barolo. The Massolino family are the largest holders in Vigna Rionda with 3.5 hectares (two planted to Nebbiolo) of vines ... Learn More
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    Antonio Galloni
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    Monica Larner
  32. Biondi Santi Brunello Di Montalcino 2013
    Biondi-Santi remains a beacon for traditionally made Rosso and Brunello di Montalcino. The Greppo vineyards of the Biondi Santi family date back to the 1800s. Clemente Santi, nephew of Giorgio Santi, was the first to create red wines suitable for ... Learn More
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    Antonio Galloni
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  33. Il Marroneto "Madonna Delle Grazie" Brunello Di Montalcino Docg 2012
    Alessandro Mori is the undisputed Sangiovese whisperer. I am absolutely impressed by the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Madonna delle Grazie - a wine that stood tall above the rest. It also breaks ties with past editions released from this boutique winery ... Learn More
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    Monica Larner
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  34. Tua Rita Per Sempre Syrah Toscana Igt 2015
    During pre-harvesting the first days of September created stability into the best grape clusters then harvested. 2015 was a perfect vintage, warm but not dry or wet, ideal weather conditions for a grape variety that in fact does not love too ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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    Antonio Galloni
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    The Wine Advocate
  35. Vietti Barolo Ravera 2015
    The grapes are selected from the single vineyard Ravera in Novello, planted with roughly 4500 units per hectare. The vines have an average age of 25 years with the oldest part planted in 1935. The roughly 3-hectare vineyard has a south-west exposure and ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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    Antonio Galloni
  36. ONLINE TASTING PACK - ITALIAN WINE FROM NORTH TO SOUTH, 4 WEEK COURSE

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    Gary Walsh
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  37. Vietti Barolo La Morra 2017 (Pre arrival ETA May 2021)
    The grapes are selected from the historical Cru Brunate, located in La Morra, on the south side towards Barolo, with about 4,600 plants per hectare. The 2017 Barolo Brunate is a powerful, brooding wine. Huge dark fruit, leather, spice, menthol and dried ... Learn More
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  38. Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2017 (Pre arrival ETA May 2021)
    The grapes are selected from very important small vineyards in the Barolo region. Vietti's 2017 Barolo Lazzarito is absolutely gorgeous. Whatever the challenges of the growing season, they appear to have been no problem here. More than anything else, the Lazzarito ... Learn More
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    Vinous
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  39. Vietti Rocche di Castiglione 2017 (Pre arrival ETA May 2021)
    The grapes are selected from very important small vineyards in the Barolo region. The 2017 Barolo Rocche di Castiglione shows all the signatures of this site, all turned up to the maximum. I am not sure I have ever tasted a ... Learn More
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