A map of Italian wine region and grapes along with best sellers
It is not just the rich cultural history and artistry of Italy that has kept visitors amazed over the years, but the luscious and wide array of Italian wine has been proven to be equally awe-inspiring. Aided by its atmospheric and topographic disparity this country enjoys variations in the type of grapes and has a diverse map of different winemaking regions.
The rocky and rugged hilly areas of Abruzzo are known for delivering wines of sublime yet simplistic and uncomplicated nature. Fruity and voluminous reds like Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colline Teramane DOCG or Orlandi Contucci Ponno Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva DOC and dry and citrusy light white wines like Trebbiano d’Abruzzo can definitely be crowned as the best-sellers.
In this panoramic alpine region of Italy, despite all the problematic scenarios presented by the mountainous terrain, viticulture is being practiced since the Roman era. Best on the wholesome sublimity, wines like Vallée d’Aoste Cornalin Vigne Rovettaz and Vallée d’Aosta Rosso Supérieur Vieilles Vignes can definitely steal the show from the others.
Witnessing the extremes of atmospheric and topographic quality the mountainous regions of Basilicata produce the finest quality of wines in the upper slopes. The densely flavored and well-structured wines like Aglianico del Vulture Superiore DOCG and Aglianico del Vulture DOC along with richly scented blend of Grottino di Roccanova DOC attest to the grandiosity of the wines from this region.
This hilly area lying in the peninsula of Italy is the producer of two grape varieties of Greek origin, Gaglioppo and white Greco and among the nine DOCs and 10 IGTs brought forth by the wineries of this place the Ciro Rosso Riserva and Greco di Bianco are considered to be the best.
Traditional winemaking is followed in this region, through which red magnificent wines like Quintodecimo Irpinia Aglianico or Aglianico del Taburno or Taurasi and white supremacies like Falanghina del Sannio and Quintodecimo Irpinia aglianico are considered to be the best of the lot.
Starting from the rolling hills of Emilia to the sprawling plains of Romagna this region enjoys a vast landscape and a variety in the type of soil, climate and grapes. Among a number of delightful wines produced in this region, DOCGs like Albana di Romagna, Colli Bolognesi, and Classico Pignoletto can easily be enthroned as the best.
Sitting on the Adriatic coast with the Alps on the skirt, this area enjoys an outstanding reputation for producing some of the best quality white wines. DOCG wines like Colli Orientali del Friuli Picolit and Ramandolo are the two awe-inspirers from this region, made following the latest Friuli technique and using a mixture of local and international grapes.
Having been the home to Italy’s ancient capital city of Rome, this area is located at the central part of Italy. Being lighter, crisper and drier in flavor and filled with sharp acidity the wines that demand the topmost positions in the list of wines from Lazio are Cesanese del Piglio DOCG, Castelli Romani DOC, and Frascati.
Having been situated at the south of Piedmont and bordering France, this slender coastal region is the proud owner of many DOC wines of high-quality; among which Cinque Terre, Colli di Lune, and Ormeasco di Pornassio are the most praised items.
The vineyards of this area enjoying an outstanding and diverse topography of Alps, lakes of Garda, Iseo, Como and Maggiore, and Apennines produce sumptuous wines like Oltrepò Pavese Metodo Classico, sparkling Franciacorta, Valtellina Superiore, and Sforzato di Valtellina.
This place is well-reputed for its white wines made from Verdicchio and the two DOCG wines Castelli di Jesi Verdicchio Riserva and Verdicchio di Matelica Riserva alight on the topmost position among the many grand-quality productions from this region.
Under Apennines and Adriatic influences, the Italian and international grape varieties of Molise produce novelties like DOC wines Biferno, Pentro di Isernia, Tintilia Molise, and del Molise.
Starting from Asti Spumante to Barolo, most of the sublime-quality wines are made in this region. A radiant number of 58 DOCG and DOC wines from here attests to its grand quality and among those Corino Barolo Arborina, Matteo Correggia Anthos Brachetto, Barbera d’Asti, and Asti Spumante are the first ones to be named in the elite group.
Among the four DOCGs and 29 DOCs of this area that is known as the “heel” of Italy the most prominent and laudable ones are Primitivo di Manduria Dolce Naturale, Castel del Monte Nero di Troia Riserva, and Castel del Monte Rosso Riserva.
This microstate in the north-east of Italian peninsula despite of having very small vineyard and wine-production areas produce some refined-quality items like Consorzio Vini Tipici di San Marino NV Moscato and Biancale di San Marino.
Wines of this place possess uniqueness due to its remote Mediterranean location and influence of other cultures and this distinctive feature is also noted in some best quality wines from here like Sardegna Vermentino di Gallura and Sardegna Alghero.
It has presently become the home of some prestigious brands of dry and well-structured red and white wines; among those the most prominent ones are Cerasuolo di Vittoria and Bianco d’Alcamo.
With Alto Adige on the north and Trentino in the south, this combined region is known for making some crisp and dry white wines and sweet dessert wines. Among those eminent group of wines Casteller, dell’Alto Adige, and Lago di Caldaro stand out most vividly.
Even though, based on the popularity of Tuscany wines Chianti Classico holds the front row seat, wines from Ferrero Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Carmignano are definitely to be considered of esteemed quality.
This place of Italy enjoys the company of praiseworthy neighbors like Tuscany and Marche and its lush rolling hills are perfect for producing loftier DOCG wines like Montefalco Sagrantino or Torgiano Riserva.
The likes of Soave, Bardolino and Valpolicella have brought eminence to the wines of Veneto and DOCG wines like Recioto della Valpolicella or Bardolino Superiore and DOC wines like Musella Amarone Valpolicella Senza Titolo or Amarone Valpolicella Riserva are considered to be the finest and richest in quality among many.