The best wines of Italy

Discover the best wines of Italy as well as the best winemakers of Italy and estates of Italy to visit. Explore the popular grape varieties in Italy and the best vintages to taste in this region.

Top wines of Italy by region

Looking for a good wine of Italy among the top wines in the region? Check out our tops of the best red, white or effervescent wines of Italy. Also find some food and wine pairings that may be appropriate with these exceptional wines. Learn more about the region and the wines of Italy with technical and enological descriptions.

Great red wines of Italy

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Food and wine pairing with a red wine of Italy

Red wines from the region of Italy go well with generally quite well with dishes of beef, pasta or lamb such as recipes of sumatran rendang beef, multicoloured butterfly pasta or lamb delight with tomato and cinnamon.

Organoleptic analysis of red wine of Italy

On the nose the red wine of the region of Italy. often reveals types of flavors of iron, black fruit or new leather and sometimes also flavors of menthol, pomegranate or orange. In the mouth the red wine of the region of Italy. is a powerful with a nice balance between acidity and tannins.

The best vintages in red wine of Italy

  • 1970 With an average score of 4.90/5
  • 1974 With an average score of 4.90/5
  • 2016 With an average score of 4.80/5
  • 2003 With an average score of 4.74/5
  • 2013 With an average score of 4.73/5
  • 2005 With an average score of 4.72/5

The most used grape varieties in red wine of Italy

  • Rondinella
  • Corvina
  • Molinara
  • Corvinone
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Croatina

The best wineries and winemakers for red wine of Italy

A wine route planned in the region of Italy? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best red wine of Italy.

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.

Great white wines of Italy

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Food and wine pairing with a white wine of Italy

White wines from the region of Italy go well with generally quite well with dishes of pork, rich fish (salmon, tuna etc) or spicy food such as recipes of brazilian feijoada, lasagne with two salmons or chicken colombo.

Organoleptic analysis of white wine of Italy

On the nose the white wine of the region of Italy. often reveals types of flavors of cream, elderflower or toasted almonds and sometimes also flavors of lime zest, banana or roasted almonds. In the mouth the white wine of the region of Italy. is a powerful with a nice freshness.

The best vintages in white wine of Italy

  • 1990 With an average score of 4.70/5
  • 1994 With an average score of 4.60/5
  • 1996 With an average score of 4.58/5
  • 1992 With an average score of 4.50/5
  • 2018 With an average score of 4.50/5
  • 2003 With an average score of 4.47/5

The most used grape varieties in white wine of Italy

  • Chardonnay
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Gewürztraminer
  • Pinot Blanc
  • Biancame
  • Garganega

The best wineries and winemakers for white wine of Italy

A wine route planned in the region of Italy? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best white wine of Italy.

Discover the grape variety: Cabernet franc

Cabernet Franc is one of the oldest red grape varieties in Bordeaux. The Libourne region is its terroir where it develops best. The terroirs of Saint-Emilion and Fronsac allow it to mature and develop its best range of aromas. It is also the majority in many blends. The very famous Château Cheval Blanc, for example, uses 60% Cabernet Franc. The wines produced with Cabernet Franc are medium in colour with fine tannins and subtle aromas of small red fruits and spices. When blended with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, it brings complexity and a bouquet of aromas to the wine. It produces fruity wines that can be drunk quite quickly, but whose great vintages can be kept for a long time. It is an earlier grape variety than Cabernet Sauvignon, which means that it is planted as far north as the Loire Valley. In Anjou, it is also used to make sweet rosé wines. Cabernet Franc is now used in some twenty countries in Europe and throughout the world.

Great sparkling wines of Italy

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Food and wine pairing with a sparkling wine of Italy

Sparkling wines from the region of Italy go well with generally quite well with dishes of pork, rich fish (salmon, tuna etc) or vegetarian such as recipes of melt-in-the-mouth pork tenderloin casserole, salmon blanquette or quiche with bacon and gruyère cheese.

Organoleptic analysis of sparkling wine of Italy

On the nose the sparkling wine of the region of Italy. often reveals types of flavors of pineapple, spices or saline and sometimes also flavors of hazelnut, yeast or dried apricot. In the mouth the sparkling wine of the region of Italy. is a with a nice vivacity and a fine and pleasant bubble.

The best vintages in sparkling wine of Italy

  • 1987 With an average score of 4.70/5
  • 1990 With an average score of 4.70/5
  • 1995 With an average score of 4.63/5
  • 1994 With an average score of 4.61/5
  • 2000 With an average score of 4.60/5
  • 1993 With an average score of 4.60/5

The most used grape varieties in sparkling wine of Italy

  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot Nero
  • Moscato
  • Pinot Noir
  • Glera (Prosecco)
  • Glera

The best wineries and winemakers for sparkling wine of Italy

A wine route planned in the region of Italy? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best sparkling wine of Italy.

The word of the wine: INAO

National Institute of Origin and Quality. French organization depending on the Ministry of Agriculture and in charge of quality signs: AOC, IGP, labels and organic farming.

Great pink wines of Italy

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Food and wine pairing with a pink wine of Italy

Pink wines from the region of Italy go well with generally quite well with dishes of beef, veal or pork such as recipes of flemish beer stew, veal meatballs with curry or roast pork orloff.

Organoleptic analysis of pink wine of Italy

On the nose the pink wine of the region of Italy. often reveals types of flavors of iron, non oak or orange peel and sometimes also flavors of citrus fruit, spices or tree fruit.

The best vintages in pink wine of Italy

  • 2011 With an average score of 4.44/5
  • 2008 With an average score of 4.41/5
  • 2005 With an average score of 4.40/5
  • 2006 With an average score of 4.33/5
  • 2007 With an average score of 4.27/5
  • 2012 With an average score of 4.26/5

The most used grape varieties in pink wine of Italy

  • Sangiovese
  • Merlot
  • Moscato Rosa del Trentino
  • Malvasia
  • Aleatico
  • Cabernet Sauvignon

The best wineries and winemakers for pink wine of Italy

A wine route planned in the region of Italy? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best pink wine of Italy.

Discover the grape variety: Riesling

White Riesling is a grape variety that originated in France (Alsace). It produces a variety of grape specially used for the elaboration of wine. It is rare to find this grape to eat on our tables. This variety of grape is characterized by small bunches, and small grapes. White Riesling can be found in many vineyards: Alsace, Loire Valley, Languedoc & Roussillon, Lorraine, Provence & Corsica, Rhone Valley, Savoie & Bugey, Beaujolais, South West.

Great sweet wines of Italy

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Food and wine pairing with a sweet wine of Italy

Sweet wines from the region of Italy go well with generally quite well with dishes of beef, rich fish (salmon, tuna etc) or shellfish such as recipes of festive chinese fondue, coulibiac of salmon or pike dumplings with shrimp sauce.

Organoleptic analysis of sweet wine of Italy

On the nose the sweet wine of the region of Italy. often reveals types of flavors of butterscotch, earth or molasses and sometimes also flavors of rosemary, balsamic or orange peel. In the mouth the sweet wine of the region of Italy. is a powerful with a good balance between acidity and sweetness.

The best vintages in sweet wine of Italy

  • 1993 With an average score of 4.90/5
  • 1978 With an average score of 4.80/5
  • 1962 With an average score of 4.70/5
  • 1995 With an average score of 4.70/5
  • 1973 With an average score of 4.70/5
  • 1968 With an average score of 4.70/5

The most used grape varieties in sweet wine of Italy

  • Corvina
  • Rondinella
  • Molinara
  • Muscat of Alexandria
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Sangiovese

The best wineries and winemakers for sweet wine of Italy

A wine route planned in the region of Italy? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best sweet wine of Italy.

The word of the wine: Cinsault

Cinsault is a southern black grape variety that can be found in the blends of most Mediterranean appellations, but most often as an accessory grape variety. It is undoubtedly most present in certain rosé wines (in Corbières, Côtes-de-Provence, etc.): it gives these wines highly appreciated aromas of strawberry, peach and raspberry. In vin de pays (IGP), it is often vinified on its own, usually as a rosé.

Great natural sweet wines of Italy

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Food and wine pairing with a natural-sweet wine of Italy

Natural sweet wines from the region of Italy go well with generally quite well with dishes of sweet desserts, beef or lamb such as recipes of tiramisu (original recipe), provencal stew or stew of leg of lamb.

Organoleptic analysis of natural-sweet wine of Italy

On the nose the natural sweet wine of the region of Italy. often reveals types of flavors of chocolate, vegetal or tree fruit and sometimes also flavors of floral, black fruit or red fruit.

The best vintages in natural-sweet wine of Italy

  • 1985 With an average score of 4.50/5
  • 2008 With an average score of 4.41/5
  • 2009 With an average score of 4.40/5
  • 1987 With an average score of 4.40/5
  • 1986 With an average score of 4.40/5
  • 2011 With an average score of 4.40/5

The most used grape varieties in natural-sweet wine of Italy

  • Grillo
  • Lagrein
  • Catarratto Bianco
  • Inzolia
  • Moscato
  • Nebbiolo

The best wineries and winemakers for natural-sweet wine of Italy

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Discover the grape variety: Catarratto

Most certainly of Italian origin, more exactly from Sicily where it is very present, ... almost unknown in France, met in Tunisia. It is involved in the production of the famous Marsala.

Great unknow wines of Italy

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Food and wine pairing with a unknow wine of Italy

Unknow wines from the region of Italy go well with generally quite well with dishes of beef, pasta or lamb such as recipes of sliced beef with peppers, tuna lasagna or leg of lamb with baked potatoes.

Organoleptic analysis of unknow wine of Italy

On the nose the unknow wine of the region of Italy. often reveals types of flavors of non oak, earth or oak and sometimes also flavors of black fruit, microbio or vegetal.

The best vintages in unknow wine of Italy

  • 2018 With an average score of 4.60/5
  • 2014 With an average score of 4.50/5
  • 2003 With an average score of 4.48/5
  • 2016 With an average score of 4.32/5
  • 2008 With an average score of 4.29/5
  • 2017 With an average score of 4.22/5

The most used grape varieties in unknow wine of Italy

  • Nebbiolo
  • Primitivo
  • Negroamaro

The best wineries and winemakers for unknow wine of Italy

A wine route planned in the region of Italy? Here are the wineries to visit and the winemakers to meet during your trip in search of the best unknow wine of Italy.

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