List Page Learn About Content Graphic

Italian Dessert Wine

Learn about Italian dessert wine, common tasting notes, where the region is and more ...

undefined, null

For this look at Italian dessert wine, we will omit sweet sparkling options like Moscato d’Asti and Asti Spumante, which are covered in our discussion of Italian sparkling wine. We will also pass on sweet Vermouth and Barolo Chinato, both of which more typically serve as an aperitif or an ingredient in various cocktails. The country in fact produces hundreds of different sweet wines, but we will limit our focus to the following three classics.

One of the best-known Italian dessert wines is Vin Santo (“holy water”), produced in many parts of Italy but most widely in Tuscany, where it is commonly enjoyed after a meal with a type of biscotti called cantucci. Vin Santo is a passito wine, meaning it is made from grapes that have been dried for several months before fermentation, which can last for years. Typically, a blend of Trebbiano and Malvasia, Vin Santo can be made in dry or off-dry styles. But the best known versions are rich, complex and sweet, offering delectable notes of caramel, hazelnut, honey and dried apricot. Fortified examples do exist, but the finest are not fortified, coming in at 13%-14% alcohol.

Another passito Italian dessert wine option is Passito di Pantelleria, from the island of the same name. This of course is made in a similar manner as Vin Santo, although the passito juice is blended with fresh juice just before fermentation. But here the grape is Zibibbo, also known as Muscat of Alexandria. Beautifully aromatic as well as bursting with jammy flavors of figs, dates and apricots, this is lusciously sweet, and also about 14% alcohol.

Finally, we have to mention the fortified Italian dessert wine, Marsala. While commonly thought of today as a cheap cooking wine, Marsala at its best is remarkable. It is made from a variety of indigenous grapes grown near the Sicilian port city of Marsala and can be dry, semi-sweet or very sweet. The color also varies, with the three types being golden, amber and ruby – the latter actually quite rare. Another key variable is the amount of barrel aging, ranging from one year to ten. Production methods can also vary, but the most impressive types are made via a fractional blending process that is similar to the Sherry solera system. These Marsalas, especially those with five or more years in wood, offer tremendous richness and complexity to rival that of fine tawny Ports and oloroso Sherries.

Filter by
21 Items
21 Items
  • Marco De Bartoli Bukkuram Padre della Vigne (500ML) 2008 Front Label
    Marco De Bartoli Bukkuram Padre della Vigne (500ML) 2008
    Other Dessert from Sicily, Italy
    • JS95
    • RP93
    • WS92
    0.0 0 Ratings
      Price per bottle
      Currently Unavailable $89.99
      Try the
      110
      89 99
      Save $20.01 (18%)
    • Donnafugata Ben Rye (375ML half-bottle) 2008 Front Label
      Donnafugata Ben Rye (375ML half-bottle) 2008
      Other Dessert from Sicily, Italy
      • WE95
      • WS93
      • RP90
      0.0 0 Ratings
        Price per bottle
        Currently Unavailable $39.99
        Try the 2018 Vintage 47 99
        39 99
        39 99
        Save $0.00 (0%)
      • Antinori Vinsanto (500ML) 2008 Front Label
        Antinori Vinsanto (500ML) 2008
        Other Dessert from Italy
          0.0 0 Ratings
            Price per bottle
            Currently Unavailable $33.99
            Try the
            33 99
            33 99
            Save $0.00 (0%)
          • Felsina Vin Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2008  Front Label
            Felsina Vin Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2008
            Other Dessert from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
              0.0 0 Ratings
                Price per bottle
                Currently Unavailable $48.99
                Try the 2009 Vintage 49 99
                52
                48 99
                Save $3.01 (6%)
              • Badia a Coltibuono Vin Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2008 Front Label
                Badia a Coltibuono Vin Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2008
                Other Dessert from Tuscany, Italy
                  0.0 0 Ratings
                  Price per bottle
                  Currently Unavailable $44.99
                  Try the
                  44 99
                  44 99
                  Save $0.00 (0%)
                • Antinori Muffato (500ML) 2008  Front Label
                  Antinori Muffato (500ML) 2008
                  Other Dessert from Tuscany, Italy
                  • RP91
                  • W&S91
                  • WE90
                  4.4 10 Ratings
                    Price per bottle
                    Currently Unavailable $59.99
                    Try the 2009 Vintage 41 99
                    59 99
                    59 99
                    Save $0.00 (0%)
                  • Fantinel La Roncaia Picolit 2008 Front Label
                    Fantinel La Roncaia Picolit 2008
                    Other Dessert from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
                      0.0 0 Ratings
                        Price per bottle
                        Currently Unavailable $63.99
                        Try the
                        63 99
                        63 99
                        Save $0.00 (0%)
                      • Lanciola Vin Santo 2008 Front Label
                        Lanciola Vin Santo 2008
                        Other Dessert from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
                          0.0 0 Ratings
                            Price per bottle
                            Currently Unavailable $92.99
                            Try the
                            92 99
                            92 99
                            Save $0.00 (0%)
                          • Abraxas Vigne di Pantelleria Passito di Pantelleria 2008 Front Label
                            Abraxas Vigne di Pantelleria Passito di Pantelleria 2008
                            Other Dessert from Sicily, Italy
                              0.0 0 Ratings
                                Price per bottle
                                Currently Unavailable $110.99
                                Try the
                                110 99
                                110 99
                                Save $0.00 (0%)
                              • Azienda Agrecola Ca' la Bionda Recioto della Valpolicella Classico Le Tordare 2008 Front Label
                                Azienda Agrecola Ca' la Bionda Recioto della Valpolicella Classico Le Tordare 2008
                                Other Dessert from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
                                  0.0 0 Ratings
                                    Price per bottle
                                    Currently Unavailable $42.99
                                    Try the
                                    42 99
                                    42 99
                                    Save $0.00 (0%)
                                  • Stefano Accordini Acinatico Recioto della Valpolicella Classico 2008 Front Label
                                    Stefano Accordini Acinatico Recioto della Valpolicella Classico 2008
                                    Other Dessert from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
                                      0.0 0 Ratings
                                        Price per bottle
                                        Currently Unavailable $37.99
                                        Try the
                                        37 99
                                        37 99
                                        Save $0.00 (0%)
                                      • Ruffino  'Serelle' Vin Santo del Chianti 2008 Front Label
                                        Ruffino 'Serelle' Vin Santo del Chianti 2008
                                        Other Dessert from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
                                          0.0 0 Ratings
                                            Price per bottle
                                            Currently Unavailable $24.99
                                            Try the
                                            24 99
                                            24 99
                                            Save $0.00 (0%)
                                          • Agricole Vallone Graticciaia Rosso Passito 2008 Front Label
                                            Agricole Vallone Graticciaia Rosso Passito 2008
                                            Other Dessert from Puglia, Italy
                                              0.0 0 Ratings
                                                Price per bottle
                                                Currently Unavailable $109.99
                                                Try the
                                                109 99
                                                109 99
                                                Save $0.00 (0%)
                                              • Azienda Casale Daviddi Vin Santo di Montepulciano Il Caratello 2008  Front Label
                                                Azienda Casale Daviddi Vin Santo di Montepulciano Il Caratello 2008
                                                Other Dessert from Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy
                                                  0.0 0 Ratings
                                                    Price per bottle
                                                    Currently Unavailable $47.99
                                                    Try the
                                                    47 99
                                                    47 99
                                                    Save $0.00 (0%)
                                                  • Colosi Malvasia delle Lipari Passito di Salina 2008 Front Label
                                                    Colosi Malvasia delle Lipari Passito di Salina 2008
                                                    Other Dessert from Sicily, Italy
                                                      0.0 0 Ratings
                                                        Price per bottle
                                                        Currently Unavailable $24.99
                                                        Try the
                                                        24 99
                                                        24 99
                                                        Save $0.00 (0%)
                                                      • La Tunella Verduzzo Dolce 2008 Front Label
                                                        La Tunella Verduzzo Dolce 2008
                                                        Other Dessert from Colli Orientali del Friuli, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
                                                          0.0 0 Ratings
                                                            Price per bottle
                                                            Currently Unavailable $19.99
                                                            Try the
                                                            19 99
                                                            19 99
                                                            Save $0.00 (0%)
                                                          • Benanti Il Musico Moscato Passito 2008 Front Label
                                                            Benanti Il Musico Moscato Passito 2008
                                                            Other Dessert from Sicily, Italy
                                                              0.0 0 Ratings
                                                                Price per bottle
                                                                Currently Unavailable $22.99
                                                                Try the
                                                                22 99
                                                                22 99
                                                                Save $0.00 (0%)
                                                              • Jermann Vino dolce della Casa Picolit 2008 Front Label
                                                                Jermann Vino dolce della Casa Picolit 2008
                                                                Other Dessert from Collio Goriziano, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
                                                                  0.0 0 Ratings
                                                                    Price per bottle
                                                                    Currently Unavailable $114.99
                                                                    Try the
                                                                    114 99
                                                                    114 99
                                                                    Save $0.00 (0%)
                                                                  • Col d'Orcia Pascena Moscadello di Montalcino Vendemmia Tardiva 2008 Front Label
                                                                    Col d'Orcia Pascena Moscadello di Montalcino Vendemmia Tardiva 2008
                                                                    Other Dessert from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
                                                                      0.0 0 Ratings
                                                                        Price per bottle
                                                                        Currently Unavailable $39.99
                                                                        Try the
                                                                        39 99
                                                                        39 99
                                                                        Save $0.00 (0%)
                                                                      • Antonelli San Marco Montefalco Sagrantino Passito 2008 Front Label
                                                                        Antonelli San Marco Montefalco Sagrantino Passito 2008
                                                                        Other Dessert from Umbria, Italy
                                                                          0.0 0 Ratings
                                                                            Price per bottle
                                                                            Currently Unavailable $58.99
                                                                            Try the
                                                                            58 99
                                                                            58 99
                                                                            Save $0.00 (0%)
                                                                          • La Montecchia Colli Euganei Fior d'Arancio Donna Daria Passito 2008 Front Label
                                                                            La Montecchia Colli Euganei Fior d'Arancio Donna Daria Passito 2008
                                                                            Other Dessert from Veneto, Italy
                                                                              0.0 0 Ratings
                                                                                Price per bottle
                                                                                Currently Unavailable $38.99
                                                                                Try the
                                                                                38 99
                                                                                38 99
                                                                                Save $0.00 (0%)
                                                                              Sorry, we couldn't find any matches.

                                                                              Internet Explorer is no longer supported.
                                                                              Please use a different browser like Edge, Chrome or Firefox to enjoy all that Wine.com has to offer.

                                                                              It's easy to make the switch.
                                                                              Enjoy better browsing and increased security.

                                                                              Yes, Update Now

                                                                              Search for ""

                                                                              Processing Your Order...