Italy’s complex wine region is enough to make even the most seasoned sommelier shudder with fear, though the incredibly diverse wine and food culture makes the energy required to explore completely worth it. The most important regions in the country for wine and tourism can be found in the North, such as Piedmont, Tuscany, Alto Adige, and Veneto. Though these areas are sought after for their prestigious wineries, there are notable vineyards in the South, like Siciliy and Puglia, that have a more laid-back approach and make wine of excellent value.
To take your taste buds on a tour of Italy, here are a few new wines to discover!
- Adriano Adami Prosecco Bosco Di Gica (06842)
One of our best-sellers, this tasty little Prosecco is organic, with just a touch of stone-fruit flavor behind a layer of thick bubbles.
- Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio Vigneti Delle Dolomiti (17593)
Alois Lageder is a biodynamic winery producing some of the finest juice in the lovely region of Alto-Adige. Named for the breath-taking Dolomite mountains that border the area, the Dolomiti Pinot Grigio is crisp, dry, and minerally, not like the fruity juice you might think when you think Pinot Grigio.
- Li Veli Fiano (26477)
Hailing form the Puglia region in Southern Italy, this crisp little white wine is one of our favorite bargains! With a weighty mouth-feel it has refreshing flavors of white stone fruit and a little citrus zestiness.
- Vietti Arneis (17575)
Often described as ‘springtime in a bottle’ (mostly by us) Arneis is a pretty grape from Piedmont in Northern Italy that smells like a bouquet of flowers and tastes like apple and honeycomb.
- Alois Lageder Schiava (18609)
Why we’re not drinking more Schiava in New Orleans is a real brain-teaser, because this awesome red wine is so light that it almost drinks like a rose. It’s perfect to pair with light seafood, oysters, or by itself when its hot as heck outside and you just want a glass of red wine.
- Li Veli Primitivo Orion Salento (17093) Primitivo (aka Zinfandel’s Italian cousin) is great for those that like a little more fruit in their wine, but also don’t mind some earthiness. This one has lots of black cherry flavors, balanced by aromas of violet and pepper.
- Pio Cesare Barbera d’Alba (17206)
You might be familiar with Barolo, and although we all love the tar and roses character of the king of Piedmont, the price tag keeps it from being our every day wine. Luckily for us, the hillside of Alba makes a heartier Barbera than their Asti counterpart, using barriques and aging their wines longer, crafting a wine that is designed to imitate the flavors of Barolo.
- CP Sangiovese Toscana (26735)
This table wine form Tuscany is a single-varietal bottle of Sangiovese, the building block of traditional Tuscan wine. Sangiovese is a medium-light bodied wine with flavors of wild raspberry and kitchen spices. AKA, the PERFECT PIZZA WINE.
For more Italian wines check out our online store or reach out to one of our experts!