Top 10 Italian wine to taste

Wine is part of Italian history. You must know that the Greeks called it “Enotria” or “homeland of wine“. The oldest evidence we have dates back to the sixth century BC in the Campania region.
In Roman times the vine became a cultivation plant. For this reason, viticulture reached its greatest splendour.
The evolution of wine production in Italy is now due to the production of dry white wine and red wine.
With industrialization, California and Australia also began to cultivate excellent wines. And the wine market became competitive and varied.
But despite this, Italian wine continues to be appreciated all over the world.
If you want to know more here is the top 10 Italian wine to taste.
Once in Italy do not miss the opportunity to taste them!

1. Primitivo di Manduria


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Primitivo di Manduria is a DOC wine whose production is specific to the province of Taranto.
The wine has a red colour, tending to orange and red caused by ageing.
Its smell resembles fragrances of cherry, plum, currant and fruits such as fig. Without forgetting the aroma of laurel and liquorice.
Once tasted you will feel a fruity and pleasant, full and harmonious flavour.
You can taste it with grilled, roasted, stewed meats. Without forgetting cured meats and meat-based first courses.

2. Barolo

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Barolo was born in 1830 thanks to the Falletti family. They applied the techniques of French vines to get a wine that was also required at court.
Today Barolo is a widespread and well-known wine all over the world.
The wine is produced in the territory of Barolo, Castiglione Falletto, Serralunga. Without forgetting the area of Novello, La Morra, Verduno, Cherasco and Roddi.
Barolo has a garnet red colour and an intense and characteristic aroma.
Its flavour is dry, full and harmonious. It goes well with second courses: roast, braised meat and fillet of beef or veal cooked on the grill or on the plate.

3. Cannonau di Sardegna

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This wonderful wine is actually produced in Sardinia and is a Doc wine. On the market, you will find the Jerzu, Oliena and Capo Ferrato versions.
It has a high alcohol content even when used as a table wine.
It has a deep red colour that intensifies and turns orange with ageing.
Cannonau has a pleasant scent and hint of red fruits and has a savoury and harmonious flavour on the palate.

4. Franciacorta

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Is a Docg wine, produced in the province of Brescia. The name derives from “Franzacurta” or Courts” ( monastic courts) and “Franche” (exemption from bishops’ taxes) which appears in the “Statutes of Brescia” of 1277.
The DOCG has three versions of sparkling wine: rosé, satèn and white.
And it’s usually aged for 18 months, 30 months and 60 months.
Its characteristics vary according to the seasoning. Franciacorta can be straw-yellow or golden. With aromas ranging from fine and delicate or complex with hints of fermentation.

5. Barbaresco

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The Barbaresco is a DOCG wine. One of the first denominations recognized in Italy in 1966 together with Barolo.
It is genuinely produced in the municipalities of Barbaresco, Neive, Treiso.
It has a garnet red colour and an intense and characteristic smell. The flavour is dry, full and harmonious on the palate.
It is usually used in combination with roasts, mixed boiled meat, game and aged cheeses.

6. Chianti

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The Chianti wine is  Docg and dates back to 1984 and produced in Tuscany.
The wine is actually produced in a homogeneous area. Located in the south of the northern Apennines and between the latitudes that include Florence and Siena.
This wine has a lively ruby colour, tending to garnet with ageing. It has an vinous smell, sometimes with a scent of violets and pronounced in the ageing phase;
It has a very harmonious and savoury flavour, tannic, which is refined over time and is velvety.

7. Nebbiolo


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In the province of Cuneo, you will taste the Nebbiolo Doc wine.
The wine has a more or less intense ruby red colour with garnet reflections, especially if aged.
It has a faint and delicate scent of violet which accentuates during ageing.
It also has a flavour that goes from dry to sweet with a good body, tannic when young, velvety, harmonious.


8. Amarone della Valpolicella


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Amarone it is a DOCG dry passito red wine.
You will taste this wine in the area of  Verona.
Its name “Amarone” derives from the word “amaro”, adopted to distinguish it from the sweet of Recioto Della Valpolicella.
The wine is perfect with autumn foods such as braised meats, stews and roasts and game. It’s usually served with cold cuts, cheeses and typical traditional dishes if served in large glasses at 18 or 20 degrees.

9. Brunello di Montalcino


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 Is a red wine with Controlled and Guaranteed Designation of Origin (DOCG).
Brunello is produced in Tuscany, in the territory of the municipality of Montalcino in the province of Siena. It’s considered, the Italian red wine with greater longevity.
It has an intense ruby red colour tending to garnet and a
very characteristic and intense aroma, with aromas of geranium, cherry and spices;
Brunello has a dry, warm and robust flavor, very harmonious and persistent.

10. Lambrusco


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Lambrusco is the best-selling Italian red wine in Italy and exported all over the world. The term Lambrusco indicates a series of black grape varieties. In Italy there are several DOC and IGT specific for Lambrusco.
Lambrusco wine is grown in Emilia-Romagna, in the Province of Parma and also in the Province of Mantua. The grapes are used to produce sparkling and fizzy wines, red and rosé.
Emilian dishes are prepared with the help of Lambrusco wine! But is also used even for first courses such as “risotto al Lambrusco”.
The Lambrusco wine is suitable for products such as pork, sausages and typical cheeses such as Grana Padano.