Italian Red Wine
Picturesque hillsides, endless coastlines and a favorable climate ...
Italian Red Wine
While picturesque hillsides, endless coastlines and a favorable climate serve to unify the grape-growing culture of this country. The apparent never-ending world of indigenous grape varieties gives Italy an unexampled charm and allure for its red wines. From the steep inclines of the Alps to the sprawling, warm, coastal plains of the south, red grape varieties thrive throughout.
The kings of Italy, wines like Barolo and Barbaresco (made of Nebbiolo), and Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino (made of Sangiovese), as well as Amarone (mostly Corvina), play center stage for the most lauded, collected and cellar-worthy reds. Less popular but entirely deserving of as much praise are the wines made from Aglianico, Sagrantino and Nerello Mascalese.
For those accustomed to drinking New World reds, the south is the place to start. Grapes like Negroamaro or Primitvo from Puglia and Nero d’Avola from Sicily make soft, ammicable, full-bodied, fruit-dominant wines. Curious palates should be on the lookout for Cannonau (Grenache), Lagrein, Teroldego, Ruché, Freisa, Cesanese, Schiopettino, Rossese and Gaglioppo to name a few.
- Other Red Blends216
- Other Red Wine59
- Tuscan Blends54
- Bordeaux Red Blends44
- Cabernet Sauvignon15
- Nero d'Avola12
- Pinot Noir6
- Cabernet Franc3
- Nerello Mascalese1
Bottega Vinaia Lagrein 2004Lagrein from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Thurnhof Alto Adige-Sudtirol Lagrein Riserva 2004Lagrein from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Terlan Greis Riserva Lagrein 2004Lagrein from Alto Adige, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Kurtatsch Alto Adige Freienfeld Lagrein 2004Lagrein from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy