When it comes to wine, Italy is a true paradise and has a diversity like no other country in Europe. From the cheerful chaos of Naples to the cool bustle of Milan, from South Tyrolean dumplings to spaghetti alla puttanesca. From the glittering coast of Liguria to the rugged mountains of Abruzzo. National pride? Of course, it exists. But above all, Italians are proud local patriots. Thanks to this attitude, many Italian winemakers, always tied to their homeland, bucked the trend toward homogenization in the second half of the 20th century. Before "autochthonous" was said, many local grapes had already been replaced by commonplace varieties. But in Italy, incredibly, many old varieties have survived or are being rediscovered. Winemakers in all parts of the boot are working with passion, care and a spirit of discovery to preserve Italy's vine heritage.
Spending a cozy evening with friends or organizing a big event? Enjoy the aromas and flavors of Italian wines and be surprised by the different tastes.
Italian red wines such as Primitivo, Barbera, Chianti or Montepulciano d'Abruzzo are familiar to every wine drinker. These wines are often not only inexpensive, but also very tasty. They are usually light tasting and ideal for a simple dinner, picnic or barbecue. The particular climatic conditions of the different regions (terroir) produce unique characteristics. Tuscany is home to the Sangiovese grape, which can be found in Chianti, among others. A perfect companion for pasta with ragout. Puglia, together with Sicily, is the largest wine-growing region in Italy and is known mainly for Primitivo wines, which are more suitable for grilled meat.
From Northern Italy come such Italian white wines as Soave, Lugana or the sparkling wine star of recent years - Prosecco, produced from the Glera grape. These wines perfectly match with fish dishes or aperitif. As well as the sparkling wines such as Franciacorta and Trento DOC, which are produced according to the traditional method (Methode Champenoise) and have a rich bouquet of aromas.
If you are looking for the international bestsellers of Italian wines and prefer red wines, you should consider Barolo, Amarone and Brunello di Montalcino. These wines contribute a lot to Italy's export and are usually very complex in flavor. Amarone is produced with traditional method called Apassimento. The grapes are dried naturally for up to four months after harvesting, which increases their sugar content. Then they are pressed and the juice is fermented to obtain a higher alcohol volume of 14-16%. After that, the wine ages in oak barrels for at least 15 more months.
Sweet Italian wines make perfect pairing with dessert, for example wines produced from Moscato or Brachetto grape varieties. Furthermore, we can recommend the famous Recioto di Soave as a dessert wine.
Last but not least is to mention so-called Supertuscans. These are high quality Italian wines that come from Tuscany and at the beginning of their history did not have a DOC/DOCG designation of origin, such as Sassicaia, Tignanello and Ornellaia. These wines are especially loved by international wine connoisseurs and critics and are characterized by intense aromatics and complex flavors. The storage potential of these wines is particularly high and today they are also considered as a good investment.
Wine merchants for Italian wines can be found in almost every city. It is important to contact the right wine merchant to find the best Italian wine for you. A good consultant can help you find the right wine for a particular occasion, so you can experience the maximum taste and value. On our website you can always consult our wine experts in our chat.
Italian wines are a fine and delicious complement to any meal, offering a variety of aromas and flavors. Whether you prefer a sweet, fruity or a strong and aromatic wine, the variety of Italian wines offers something for everyone. Enjoy the beauty and history of Italian wines and be amazed by their diversity! Follow us on our gourmet journey through Veneto to Campania!