Top 100 wines of Italy

Discover the top 100 best wines of Italy as well as the best winemakers in the region. Explore the varietals of the wines that are popular of Italy and the best vintages to taste in this region.

Discovering the wine region of Italy

Italy - home of Moscato, Chianti, Amarone and Prosecco">Prosecco - has a Rich and diverse wine heritage that dates back over two thousand years. Famous for its astonishing diversity of Grape varieties and wine styles, Italy is also important for the Volume of wine it produces: just over 4 billion liters (about 1. 06 billion U. S.

gallons) in 2012, from 800,000 hectares of vineyards. It is rivalled in this respect only by France and Spain. (© Wine-Searcher) Managing and marketing such a vast portfolio of wines is not an easy task, especially in today's highly competitive wine market. The Italian government's wine classification and labeling system uses a four-level quality hierarchy of over 500 DOCG, DOC and IGT titles.

See Italian wine labels. Italy is divided into 20 administrative regions (see left), all of which produce wine to some degree, and all of which contain various wine regions. The most important, in terms of quality and quantity, are Tuscany, Piedmont and Veneto. Each region has its flagship wine styles.

Discover the grape variety: Primitivo

From Croatia where it is called crljenak kastelanski or pribidrag. According to genetic analyses carried out by Professor Carole Meredith of California University in Davis (United States), it is related to the Croatian plavac mali and Zinfandel. It is also found in South Africa, New Zealand, Chile, Brazil, Germany, Bulgaria, Albania, Italy under the name of Primitivo, Malta, Greece, Portugal and to some extent in Croatia. In the United States (California), it is one of the most widely planted grape varieties, having been introduced in the 1830s well before Primitivo. In France, it is registered in the official catalogue of vine varieties on the A1 list under the name Primitivo.

Food and wine pairing with a wine of Italy

wines from the region of Italy go well with generally quite well with dishes of beef, pasta or lamb such as recipes of stuffed zucchini, pasta with zucchini or lamb mice confit and melting carrots.

Organoleptic analysis of wine of Italy

On the nose in the region of Italy often reveals types of flavors of iron, lychee or tangerine and sometimes also flavors of salt, stone fruit or blood orange. In the mouth in the region of Italy is a powerful with a nice balance between acidity and tannins.

News from the vineyard of Italy

Feudi di San Gregorio takes another step towards a fully sustainable business model

This week, Campania-based company, Tenute Capaldo Group announced that it is now a B-Corp. The Group comprises the Feudi di San Gregorio winery in Irpinia, estates in Bolgheri (Campo alle Comete) and Basilicata (Basilisco), and its two Marennà restaurants (one located at the Feudi winery and the other in Capodichino Airport). What is a B-Corp? The B-Corp is one of the most rigorous certifications in the world related to defining social, environmental and governance best practices for businesses. ...

Former mafia boss Michael Franzese targets international expansion for his wine brand

Franzese was known as the ‘yuppie don’ in the 1980s after rising to the rank of caporegime in the Colombo crime family. Fortune Magazine placed him at No. 18 on its 50 Biggest Mafia Bosses list, and he gained a reputation as one of the mob’s biggest earners since Al Capone. He was portrayed by Joseph Bono in Goodfellas. Franzese became a born-again Christian during a lengthy prison sentence for racketeering, and he managed to walk away from the mafia without going into protective custody. He is ...

France expects bigger 2022 wine harvest but drought is a concern

France’s 2022 wine harvest is likely to be between 42.6 million and 45.6m hectolitres, up by 13% to 21% on the frost-hit 2021 vintage and more in-line with the country’s five-year average. One hectolitre is equivalent to 100 litres. Yet drought could impact on yields in the coming weeks, adding extra uncertainty in several regions, said the French agriculture ministry’s Agreste statistics unit. Expected vintage quality isn’t covered by the preliminary outlook. It added the 2022 growing season is ...