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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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Eduardo Torres Pirrera 2021

Italy IGT Terre Siciliane (Sicily)

A red from a biodynamic plot on Etna
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Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 2021

Italy DOCG Chianti Classico (Tuscany)

A Tuscan rock wine
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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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13.20
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Graci Etna Rosso 2021

Italy DOC Etna Rosso (Sicily)

Tasty volcanic minerality
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Alberelli Di Giodo 2020

Italy DOC Sicilia (Sicily)

The volcanic charm of Etna
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Feudi di San Gregorio Serpico 2016

Italy DOC Irpinia Aglianico (Campania)

Eternal emotions for Irpina
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G.D. Vajra Dolcetto d'Alba 2023

Italy DOC Dolcetto d'Alba (Piedmont)

A pure, vibrant and fruity expression
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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 Etna Rosso 2020

Italy DOC Etna Rosso (Sicily)

Elegance and minerality at the foot of Mount Etna
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Poggio Landi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2016

Italy DOCG Brunello Riserva (Tuscany)

A red wine with 48 months of maturation that is (almost) irresistible to...
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