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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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G.D. Vajra Dolcetto d'Alba 2022

Italy DOC Dolcetto d'Alba (Piedmont)

A pure, vibrant and fruity expression
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Graci Etna Rosso 2021

Italy DOC Etna Rosso (Sicily)

Tasty volcanic minerality
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Podere Brizio Brunello di Montalcino 2018

Italy DOCG Brunello di Montalcino (Tuscany)

Opulence and elegance personified
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Castellare di Castellina I Sodi di S.Niccolò 2019

Italy IGT Toscana (Tuscany)

The first Italian wine to grace the Top 10 of Wine Spectator
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Pio Cesare Barbera D'Alba 2021

Italy DOC Barbera d'Alba (Piedmont)

Ripe fruit, harmony and precious longevity
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Dievole Chianti Classico 2021

Italy DOCG Chianti Classico (Tuscany)

The essence of the sangiovese
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Giovanni Rosso Barolo 2019

Italy DOCG Barolo (Piedmont)

Power, finesse and elegance
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Occhipinti SP68 Rosso 2022

Italy IGT Terre Siciliane (Sicily)

The name of a road for a wine that is a journey to the heart of the most...
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