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Italian red wine

Enjoy the best red wines from Italy

The latitude, climate and landscape of Italy makes it the perfect country for producing quality red wines. In fact, wine is produced in all of the country’s twenty regions, so Italian red wine is a reflection of these regions and their varieties, soils and climates. To give you some examples, we might say that in Piedmont, reds from the DOCG Barolo are full-bodied dry red wines and those from the DOCG Barbaresco are more elegant and refined. Another example would be the Italian red wine from the DOC Bardolino, in Veneto, where they generally make young red wines with a ruby colour and a marked acidity.

Varieties used to make Italian red wines.

Italy is a country that is lucky to have a long history of cultivation when it comes to grape varieties.

Perhaps the most famous grapes used to make Italian red wine are Nebbiolo and Sangiovese. The first is originally from Piedmont and makes very powerful, long aging red wines. The second is typical of Tuscany, and is usually used to make chiantis, easier wines with a somewhat lower aging potential.

Some of the most common varieties by area.

In the northwest of Italy, in Piedmont, the Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto varieties are most common. In the northeast, in Veneto, it’s the Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella varieties; in Friuli, Refosco; in the Trento-Alto Adige, Teroldego, Schiava and Lagrein. In the centre, in Tuscany, it is Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. In the South, in Campania, Aglianico; in Apulia, Negroamaro, Malvasia Nera, Primitivo and Uva di Troia; in Sardinia, Cannonau and Carignano. Finally, in Sicily, it is mostly the Nero d’Avola and Nerello Mascalese varieties.

The Italian red wine scene is extremely rich and diverse thanks to the large number of varieties they grow, the different micro-climates and the diverse soils, with limestone, clay-stony and even volcanic soils. Would you like to try them?

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Cantine Fina Syrah 2021

Italy IGT Terre Siciliane (Sicily)

Bruno Fina’s intense and flavoursome experiment in Sicily
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Graci Etna Rosso 2021

Italy DOC Etna Rosso (Sicily)

Tasty volcanic minerality
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Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 2021

Italy DOCG Chianti Classico (Tuscany)

A Tuscan rock wine
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Occhipinti Il Frappato 2022

Italy IGT Terre Siciliane (Sicily)

Arianna Occhipinti’s most personal red
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35.40
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Dievole Chianti Classico 2021

Italy DOCG Chianti Classico (Tuscany)

The essence of the sangiovese
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Dievole Petrignano Chianti Classico 2019

Italy DOCG Chianti Classico (Tuscany)

The most mineral expression of the Sangiovese
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Giovanni Rosso Barolo 2019

Italy DOCG Barolo (Piedmont)

Power, finesse and elegance
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Podere Brizio Brunello di Montalcino 2018

Italy DOCG Brunello di Montalcino (Tuscany)

Opulence and elegance personified
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Murgo Etna Rosso 2022

Italy DOC Etna Rosso (Sicily)

Elegance and originality intimately linked to the volcanic terroir
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Trediberri Barbera d'Alba 2022

Italy DOC Barbera d'Alba (Piedmont)

A new generation Barbera d'Alba
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