Red Wine, 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. De Conti Appassimento 2019
    With the same spirit of Nicolo De’Conti, famous Venetian exploratory, this is a unique Puglian red, made with naturally dried grapes drying through a process called Appassimento. A garnet red in colour, the nose is a harmonic and fine ... Learn More
  2. Bastioni Della Rocca Leggero Appassimento Puglia 2019
    The 2019 Bastioni della Rocca Puglia Appassimento opens with inviting aromatics of sweet cherries and red plums which are woven together with earth, tobacco, grilled herbs and hints of leather. Medium-bodied with a silky texture that gives way to flavors of ... Learn More
  3. Poggio Anima 'Asmodeus' Nero D'Avola Sicilia 2020
    "In the Book of Tobias, an ancient Hebrew text, Asmodeus is the Demon of Lust. It is said that when Cain killed Abel, Adam and Eve separated for 130 years. During this time, Adam was tempted by Naamah and Lillith, two ... Learn More
  4. Poggio Anima 'Raphael' Rosato Sicilia 2020
    Soil type is brown clay over limestone. The grapes were handpicked: Zibibbo in mid-August and early September for the Syrah. The Zibibbo was pressed and kept very cold halting fermentation in tank. When the Syrah came in it was quickly ... Learn More
  5. Poggio Anima 'Asmodeus' Nero D'Avola Sicilia 2019
    "In the Book of Tobias, an ancient Hebrew text, Asmodeus is the Demon of Lust. It is said that when Cain killed Abel, Adam and Eve separated for 130 years. During this time, Adam was tempted by Naamah and Lillith, two ... Learn More
  6. Poggio Anima 'Lilith' Primitivo Salento 2020
    "According to Jewish folklore, Lilith was the first wife of Adam. She was banished from the Garden of Eden when she refused to make herself subservient to Adam’s sexual requests. When she was cast out of the Garden, she ... Learn More
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    Gourmet Traveller Wine
  7. Poggio Anima 'Raphael' Rosato Sicilia 2018
    Soil type is brown clay over limestone. The grapes were handpicked: Zibibbo in mid-August and early September for the Syrah. The Zibibbo was pressed and kept very cold halting fermentation in tank. When the Syrah came in it was quickly ... Learn More
  8. Babo Nero D'Avola 2018
    Aromatic cherry and blueberry on the nose, which leads into a full fleshy palate of plums, prunes and blackberries entwined with a soft coating of tannin. Fruit was sourced from an 9 year old vineyard on northern aspect from the province ... Learn More
  9. Sogno Di Ulisse Montepulciano D’Abruzzo Doc 2019
    Sogno Di Ulisse Montepulciano D’Abruzzo is a wine that has made the history of modern Abruzzo wine-making. Ruby red color with purplish reflections. The nose shows layers of plum and red cherry aromas, with blueberry, blackcurrant and savoury red ... Learn More
  10. Piccini Antica Cinta Chianti Riserva ORO DOCG 2016
    90% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon Antica Cinta, literally Old City Walls, refers to the history and the land of Piccini family, its Middle Ages villages as San Giminiano, Castellina and Siena, clustered behind massive stone defensive walls. Antica Cinta pairs a very ... Learn More
  11. Piccini Frapasso Primitivo 2019
    The 2019 Bastioni della Rocca Puglia Appassimento opens with inviting aromatics of sweet cherries and red plums which are woven together with earth, tobacco, grilled herbs and hints of leather. Medium-bodied with a silky texture that gives way to flavors of ... Learn More
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    Luca Maroni
  12. Valori Montepulciano D’Abruzzo Doc 2018
    Masciarelli Tenute Agricole was established in 1981 from the entrepreneurial intuition of Gianni Masciarelli. Gianni was a believer in the high quality of wines that could come from the diverse regions of Abruzzo, often overlooked by drinkers on the west coast ... Learn More
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    Mark Faber
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    Alistair Cooper MW
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    James Suckling
  13. Zenato Valpolicella Classico Superiore Doc 2018
    This classic wine from the Valpolicella area is made from 80% Corvina, 10% Rondinella and 10% Sangiovese grapes. A soft, elegant wine, full in flavour. Delicately perfumed, it is reminiscent of maraschino cherries and fruits of the wood. Dry & velvety, with a good ... Learn More
  14. Renzo Masi 'Cornioleta' Chianti Riserva Docg 2018
    Winner of a Gold medal at the Mundus Vini Grand International Wine Award for Meininger's Magazine 2018. A nose of complex earthy spices and a more obvious oak character (16 months in 40% new French Barriques) speak of the quality of this wine ... Learn More
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    Mark Faber
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    James Suckling
  15. Costadoro Piceno Rosso DOP 2019
    Montepulciano and Sangiovese once again merge into a beautiful Piceno Rosso. In this wine their is a great expression of the Marche territory in a very classic blend of those two grapes, perfectly merged together. Medium intense nose with cherry, ... Learn More
  16. Ca'Della Scala Allegretto Valpolicella Doc 2018
    From the vineyards of San Pietro in Cariano and Negrar, which have white chalky soils. A blend of Corvina 40%, Rondinella 30% and the very rare Corvinone 30%. The nose exhibits the classic rustic notes of ferrous earth, black olive, dried herbs and ... Learn More
  17. Ca'Della Scala Allegretto Valpolicella Doc 2019
    From the vineyards of San Pietro in Cariano and Negrar, which have white chalky soils. A blend of Corvina 40%, Rondinella 30% and the very rare Corvinone 30%. The nose exhibits the classic rustic notes of ferrous earth, black olive, dried herbs and ... Learn More
  18. Oddero Dolcetto D’Alba Doc 2019
    "Poderi e Cantine Oddero is a historical name among Barolo producers. Its foundations were laid at the end of the 18th century when our ancestors were already cultivating vineyards in La Morra. In 1878, our ancestor Giacomo Oddero (1851-1915) decided, in ... Learn More
  19. La Dama Valpolicella Classico 2020
    The most authentic wine of Valpolicella, here no process is made between the grapes of the vineyards and the wine on the table. It is ready to drink already in the spring following the harvest and it perfectly suits the ... Learn More
  20. Monchiero Langhe Dolcetto 2019
    Monchiero is nestled in the picturesque commune of Castiglione Falletto in the Barolo region. The terroir here is amongst some of the greatest you will find in all of Piedmont. Monchiero have a superb centre parcel of Rocche di Castiglione ... Learn More
  21. Musso Dolcetto D'Alba DOC 2019
    The Musso winery was founded in 1929 and coincides with one of the most critical moments of the Italian economy and the world, the year of the “Great Depression” Sebastiano Musso, born in 1906, did not lose heart. Valter Musso, a young ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  22. Tenuta Ulisse Amaranta Montepulciano D’Abruzzo Doc 2018
    The origin of this grape has always been uncertain. Also students as Molon (1906) classified it as a Sangioveti” variety. Today it is sure that the two grapes have nothing in common. Cultivated mainly in Abruzzo and the other regions of ... Learn More
  23. Antinori Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2017
    Villa Antinori is, first and foremost, an idea, a way of conceiving the production of wine: on the one hand, experimentation and evolution, on the other hand, continuity in tradition. Sangiovese and other complementary grape varieties render their homage to ... Learn More
  24. Fratelli d'Anna Rosso Di Montalcino 2015
    100% Sangiovese, selected from two barrels of Sangiovese Grosso destined for Brunello. Both barrels were from different vineyards, one high up in Montalcino and the other about half way down. ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
  25. Cantina Ionis Primitivo di Manduria 2018
    A red ruby-coloured wine. An intricate well decided scent. At first it bouquets a sweetly vanilla flavour and forest fruits combined with peculiar ripe fruit scents of plums and morello. After the malolactic fermentation the “new wine” follows refining in ... Learn More
  26. Vietti Langhe Nebbiolo Perbacco 2019
    Made from Nebbiolo grapes only from Barolo designated vineyards, this wine is complex and elegant with excellent ageing potential. The nose offers up generous fruit along with menthol, spices and hard candy. Showing notable intensity while retaining an essentially mid-weight ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  27. Cos 'Frappato' 2020
    COS produces some of the finest wines on the island from native grape varieties. This is predominantly Frappato with a splash of Nero d'Avola. ... Learn More
    Cos 'Frappato' 2020
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  28. Musso Pora Langhe Nebbiolo 2019
    This Nebbiolo is sourced exclusively from Ronchi cru in Barbaresco – from a wonderful vintage and genuine baby Barbaresco in every sense. The Musso winery was founded in 1929 and coincides with one of the most critical moments of the Italian economy ... Learn More
  29. Cos Cerasuolo Di Vittoria 2016
    A blend of Nero d'Avola and Frappato from Sicily's south-east corner. A complex array of fruity and floral notes with aromas of black currant, blackberry, dried rose, rhubarb, Mediterranean, black pepper and tobacco. The nose follows into the mouth, with ... Learn More
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    Jancis Robinson MW
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    The Wine Advocate
  30. Farnese Edizione Cinque Autoctoni 2018
    The edition number on the label represents the number of years since the wine’s first release (1999). The reason for this, is that the blend’s five autochthonous (‘cinque autoctoni’) grapes actually come from two regions, Puglia (townships Sava) and ... Learn More
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    Luca Maroni
  31. Maretti Barolo 2016
    The 2016 Vintage Barolo enjoyed exceptional conditions, turning out wines that will be extremely long lived! A stellar year that will continue to improve in the cellar. The colour is dark garnet with ruby highlights. It has a clear-cut, intense nose ... Learn More
    Maretti Barolo 2016
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    Gary Walsh
  32. Tenuta di Aglaea Thalia Etna Rosso 2016
    Thalia is a word of Sicilian dialect and resembles ‘look’ as in ‘look there!’ It is also the name of one of the Three Graces in ancient Greek history. ... Learn More
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    Falstaff Magazin
  33. Tenuta di Aglaea Thalia Etna Rosso 2015
    Thalia is a word of Sicilian dialect and resembles ‘look’ as in ‘look there!’ It is also the name of one of the Three Graces in ancient Greek history. ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  34. Massolino Langhe Nebbiolo 2019
    Hand harvested and matured in large oak barrels, showing many of the hallmarks of an excellent Barolo at a fraction of the price. Truly seductive now, it will also reward 2-5 years cellaring. ... Learn More
  35. Le Miccine Chianti Riserva Docg 2017
    Le Miccine is a family owned winery and vineyard that is lead by a dynamic and young team. Winemaker Paula Cook was born in Quebec, Canada, but moved to her grandparent's ancestral home of Tuscany in 2008, buying an estate that ... Learn More
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    Alistair Cooper MW
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    Gary Walsh
  36. Linnaea Vineyards 'Trifulau' Docg Barolo 2013
    Linnaea Vineyards is not your typical wine producer. Born of the intense passion of Michelle Edwards and Daniel Fischl. Daniel is an Australian born winemaker of the highest acclaim, while Michelle is a Californian Agricultural Scientist of international accolade. These ... Learn More
  37. Leone De Castris Per Lui Susumaniello Salento Igt 2013
    Deep ruby red colour. The nose has hints of ripe red berries with floral note of violet and liquorice. In the mouth is a full boded wine with decisive and elegant tannins. ... Learn More
  38. Pietro Rinaldi Barbaresco Docg S.Cristoforo 2016
    The vineyard is located in the Municipality of Neive, San Cristoforo is an additional geographical mention, which identifies a cru of particular value. The exposure is south-east, with 360 degree rotation, typical of the apex of the Piedmont hills, called "Bricchi". ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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