What is the best Italian wine

The best Italian wines

Best Wines - Famous Grape Varieties and Wineries.


Italy is without question one of the most important wine-growing nations in the world and produces the best wines. Due to the wide variety of climatic and territorial conditions alone, Italy has the prerequisite for the most diverse wine country in the world. Just imagine the climatic conditions of South Tyrol compared to those of Sicily. In addition, there is the nature of the soil, which cannot be more different in the various growing areas. Italy therefore has the prerequisites to produce really great wines, which is impressively demonstrated by the large number of top wines.

Who does not know the famous wines from Italy such as Amarone, Lugana, Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, Barolo or Prosecco? However, Italian wine has a multitude of faces. Because wine from Italy is bursting with regional character and the Italian winemakers have not succumbed to the temptation to dedicate themselves too much to international grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Co. Even in the most important growing areas of Italian wine such as Tuscany, Piedmont, Veneto, Sicily and Friuli, autochthonous grape varieties have not only asserted themselves, they also form the foundation. But Italian wines are also made from local grape varieties in Lombardy, Apulia, Campania and Calabria. The most important are Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Barbera, Negroamaro, Nero d’Avola, Aglianico, Primitivo, Cannonau, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo, and Corvina. But that is only a small selection, because around 1000 different grape varieties ensure that Italian wine retains its individuality.

The grape varieties of Italy
Italian wine is made from a fascinatingly diverse number of local grape varieties. The already mentioned Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Barbera, Negroamaro, Nero d’Avola, Aglianico, Primitivo, Cannonau, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo and Corvina are the best known. But there are also a large number of other grape varieties that give the wines from Italy their unmistakable character. Certainly still known to many lovers of Italian wines: Bombino Nero, Bonarda, Cesanese Comune, Canaiolo nero, Colorino, Frappato, Freisa, Gaglioppo, Grechetto nero, Grignolino, Lambrusco di Sorbara, Malvasia di Casorzo, Monica, Moscato Rosa, Nerello Mascalese, Rondinella, Schioppettino, Teroldego, Uva di Troia, Vermentino nero and Vernatsch for the red grape varieties for wines from Italy and Ansonica, Arneis, Catarratto, Coda di Volpe, Cortese, Erbaluce, Falanghina, Fiano, Garganega, Glera, Grechetto, Greco Bianco, Grillo, Malvasia, Moscato Giallo, Nosiola, Nuragus, Pecorino, Picolit Bianco, Ribolla Gialla, Tocai Friulano, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo, Verdicchio, Verduzzo, Vermentino and Zibibbo for the white grape varieties. Of course there are also a large number of Italian wines made from international grape varieties, above all the Pinot Grigio (Pinot Gris). South Tyrol has both French grape varieties such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as German such as Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Sylvaner, Kerner, Pinot Noir (Pinot Noir) and even Müller - Thurgau, as well as its own such as Vernatsch, Lagrein and Rosenmuskateller. Syrahist is also represented, Viognier is often used to round off special cuvées.

The famous wineries in Italy
Anyone who wants to get to know Italy's wineries can go on an exciting, regional tour of discovery. In northern Piedmont, of course, the big stars are winemakers from Barolo and Barbaresco: Angelo Gaja, La Spinetta, Parusso, Prunotto, La Scolca, Borgogno, San Bartolomeo, Giovanni Almondo and Paolo Conterno. But Persona, Bocchino, Ottosoldi or Acconero are also among the best producers in the region. The German-speaking wine region of South Tyrol can be found in Italy under the name DOC Alto Adige, whose best wine producers are Cantina Terlan, Alois Lageder, Cantina Tramin, Elena Walch and Tiefenbrunner - to mention just a handful. A little further south in Veneto, the selection of excellent wineries is just as large: Anselmi, Ca dei Frati, Cantine Colli Euganei and Gini stand for excellent soave and white wine, while Allgerini, Masi and Bennati produce very good Valpolicella. In Tuscany every fan of the famous super Tuscans will love names like Poggio al Tesoro, La Braccesca, La Cura, Argiano, Grillesino, Biserno and Strozzi. Other manufacturers do not have to hide and in Tuscany mostly specialize in certain grape varieties: Antinori, Le Filigare, Cantina Dei, Le Pupille, Casanova di Neri, San Guido, Castello di Brolo, Tua Rita, to name just a small selection . Sicily got a breath of fresh air from the Planeta winery and very high quality is also proven by wineries with different orientations such as Cusumano, Tasca d’Almerita, Cottanera, Firriato and Donnafugata.