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 Blends61
- Tuscan Blends47
- Bordeaux Red Blends24
- Nero d'Avola12
- Cabernet Sauvignon10
- Pinot Noir7
- Nerello Mascalese6
- Rhône Blends1
Candoni Merlot 2016Merlot from Veneto, Italy
Cotarella Sodale Merlot 2015Merlot from Lazio, Italy
Cotarella Montiano 2015Merlot from Lazio, Italy
Elena Walch Merlot 2017Merlot from Alto Adige, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Candoni Organic Merlot 2018Merlot from Veneto, Italy
Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Lamaione 2014Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
Avignonesi Desiderio Merlot 2015Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
Venica & Venica Collio Perilla Merlot 2017Merlot from Collio Goriziano, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy