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 in 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: Oseleta

A very old grape variety grown in Italy that almost disappeared because it is a small producer. In France, it is almost unknown. Oseleta is said to be related to corvina, rondinella, garganega, etc. It should not be confused, on the one hand, with the table grape osella - an interspecific cross of German origin - and, on the other hand, with osel(l)a another Italian wine grape variety.

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 southern beef meatballs, spaghetti with chanterelles or mouse of lamb with thyme.

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

Leading wine families award business prize to Europe’s oldest luthier

At a lunch in Brussels, the 2021 PFV ‘Family is Sustainability’ prize was presented to Jan Strick and his son Matthijs of Maison Bernard, who triumphed over more than 100 applicants from around the world to win the €100,000 (£84,000) award. ‘Selection was difficult,’ said Matthieu Perrin, president of the PFV, ‘but ultimately the jury felt that Maison Bernard is a brilliant example of exquisite handicraft and the maintenance of an ancient artisanal tradition in family hands, exactly as we fight ...

Decanter magazine latest issue: January 2022

Inside the January 2022 issue of Decanter Magazine: FEATURES: Aperitifs: how to do them well The art of starting it right, with drinks tips from Kate Hawkings Vintage preview: Chablis 2020 Andy Howard MW picks 33 of his top wines from a classic year in the region Producer profile: Château Angélus Jane Anson visits one of St-Emilion’s four finest grand cru classé estates Bordeaux & Burgundy vintages for Christmas Panos Kakaviatos & Charles Curtis MW select the perfect vintages and appe ...

Tribute paid to Franciacorta wine pioneer Franco Ziliani

Franciacorta has lost one of its fathers; Franco Ziliani died aged 90 this Christmas. He was the winemaker who, along with the Count Guido Berlucchi, changed the destiny of an entire region and helped make Franciacorta one of the most consistent areas in the world for sparkling wines made in the traditional method. Their fateful encounter was in 1958 at Palazzo Lana, in Franciacorta. Count Berlucchi began to question the young winemaker about how to improve his unstable white wine produced in Co ...