The 20 Best Italian Wines

Discover the history of the most iconic Italian wine with Jean Marco Palmieri

What are the best Italian red wines? Discover the best Italian reds recommended by us with photos and descriptions. To learn more, we also recommend articles on the best rosé wines, best white wines and best sparkling wines.

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BEST ITALIAN RED WINES

What are the best Italian red wines, the most historical, well-known and famous in the world?

Italian red wines are among the most loved internationally, many have been awarded multiple awards by the international press and have become iconic, helping to write the history of world enology. Below you will find a list of labels recommended by Jean Marco Palmieri.

In any case, also consult the articles dedicated to the best wines selected by region, where you can learn more about the main wines, the native vines, the terroir and the recommended wineries of each Italian region with more detailed information.

BEST ITALIAN RED WINES recommended by Jean Marco Palmieri

What are the best red wines in Italy? Discover the wines recommended by Italy’s Finest Wines with our tasting so that everyone can find the ideal wine for their tastes and needs. You will find many of the most iconic and historic companies but also those that have stood out for their unique and original character.

The best Italian red wines will be divided into northern, central and southern Italy.

BEST RED WINES OF NORTHERN ITALY


Barolo Riserva Monfortino 2013 – Giacomo Conterno

Description: It is olfactively articulated in a kaleidoscope of floral timbres among which wisteria and violet stand out followed by small red fruits and officinal herbs, embellished with suggestions of austere spices, tobacco, goudron and blood shades. On the palate it is rich and enveloping, with compact and powerful tannins that evolve in progression towards an extraordinary persistence finish in which the fruit echoes the protagonist.

Alcoholic fermentation in 61 hl oak vats with long maceration on the skins; malolactic fermentation in Austrian oak barrels of different sizes.

Grapes: 100% Nebbiolo
Piemonte region

A historic and iconic wine born from the best vintages and the best grapes of the renowned cru Francia in Serralunga d’Alba in 1978. Undisputed protagonist in the history of the Langhe: titanic, exciting and sensational persistence and evolutionary potential. Without a doubt one of the most iconic, historical and best internationally recognized Italian red wines.

Barbaresco Sorì San Lorenzo 2015 – Gaja

Description: The nose is lysergic, characterized by fruity shades of black cherry and plums, embellished with notes of tea, licorice and orange peel and peaty nuances. On the palate it is voluminous and enveloping, with a sculptural polyphenolic set that supports the palate and stretches towards a finish of extraordinary character and persistence.

Grapes: Nebbiolo 100%
Piemonte region

A true legend of Italian enology that saw its first label born in 1967. One of the best Italian red wines for expressiveness and vigor on the palate.

Barolo 2016 – Bartolo Mascarello

Description: The bouquet is articulated on intense tones of ripe red fruits, withered flowers, continuing its evolution towards notes of roasting, tobacco, returns of camphor and sylvan suggestions of autumnal woods. The mouth is full and dry, the powerful and material tannins in progress spread over the palate and are well balanced by a strong acidity. The finish is of great persistence with delicate references to fruit and spices.

Grapes: Nebbiolo 100%
Piemonte region

A classic and sincere wine of extraordinary evolutionary potential born from one of the most iconic wineries in the Langhe. Ineffable expression of the varietal character of Nebbiolo. An icon of Italian enology, deservedly among the most famous, historic and best Italian red wines.

Barolo ‘Brunate’ 2016 – Giuseppe Rinaldi 

Description: Nose full of facets, including aromas of cherries in alcohol, black licorice, dried flowers and mentholated balsamic hints and orange peel. On the palate it develops harmoniously on an enveloping tannic texture. Good persistence finish. Fermentation is spontaneous and takes place by the action of indigenous yeasts for about 25 days in Slavonian oak vats.

Grapes: Nebbiolo 100%
Piemonte region

An iconic, sincere and imperishable wine, made by the famous winemaker Giuseppe Rinaldi, known as the citric for its stubbornness. Deservedly among the best Italian red wines for the disarming sincerity in becoming an uncompromising narrator of the sensational expressiveness of Barolo. Certainly among the famous and historical Italian red wines.

Barolo Monprivato 2016 – Mascarello Giuseppe e Figlio

Description: It emanates intense tones of ripe cherry and strawberry grapes in alcohol which are flanked by tones of goudron, tobacco and roasting nuances. In the mouth it has a well-defined, compact tannin and a great grip acidity that creates harmony and cleanliness to the sip. Extraordinary persistence on balsamic echoes.

Grapes: Nebbiolo
Piemonte region

A whimsical and exciting Barolo. Among the Barolos for expressive interpretation of Nebbiolo. The winery, founded by Giuseppe Mascarello in 1881 is dutifully one of the best Barolo wineries for history.

Barolo ‘Lazzarito’ 2016 – Vietti

Stratified sensations on clear scents of wild strawberries and raspberry to which are added suggestions of officinal herbs, orange peel, blood reminiscences and empyheumatic notes The sip is smooth with a well-defined tannic texture which is counterbalanced by a pacing acidity and a compact tannin sensationally dashed.

Grapes: Nebbiolo
Piemonte region

Among the best expressions of Barolo from one of the most iconic wineries in the Langhe. Elegantly whimsical wine sui generis, adamant and emphatic with pressing tannins: great territorial identity. Fully among the best Italian and most iconic red wines.

Pajè Barbaresco Vecchie Viti 2013 – Roagna

Description: The olfactory picture is enveloped by a broad and detailed olfactory bouquet: it seduces with tones of dried violet, ripe dark fruit in jam, plum and empyheumatic and goudron nuances. The mouth is full and overwhelming with great extract, characterized by a very long finish with balsamic echoes. Fermentation takes place exclusively in wooden vats thanks to a pied de cuve of indigenous yeasts.

Grapes: Nebbiolo 100%
Piemonte region

An iconic interpretation of Barbaresco produced from vines that are between 50 and 60 years old: A stubborn and resolute wine, a synthesis of territoriality, craftsmanship and evolution. Fully among the best Italian red wines for the overwhelming and inexorable persistence on the palate.

San Leonardo 2015 – San Leonardo

Description: Sensation the olfactory splectrum that is outlined on dark and ripe berries well integrated with nuances of green pepper, humus, cocoa powder and vanilla. On the palate there is space in an enveloping and fresh sip with excellent structure and persistence.

Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Carménère, Merlot
Region: Trentino

Perhaps the most important and historic Italian Bordeaux blend. A voluminous wine with a lyrical and refined character. Fully among the most famous and best Italian red wines.

Amarone ‘Monte Lodoletta’2013 – Romano Dal Forno

Description: A wine that has made Amarone history internationally. It seduces with clear and fragrant registers, articulated between suggestions of red berries in spirit and plum to which dark chocolate, goudron and roasting are added.
The palate is very glyceric with a powerful and lively tannic texture in progress, excellent persistence.

Grapes: Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara
Veneto region

A wine with an extraordinary evolutionary potential, vigorous and penetrating. With full rights among the most famous, historical and best Italian red wines for sensory explosiveness and olfactory eloquence.

Amarone Classico 2011 – Quintarelli 

Characteristics: A riot of dark berries in jam and plum that fade towards withered red flowers, tobacco, goudron, mentholated and ethereal sensations. Expansive and enveloping palate with a finish in which fruit and spices echo.

Grapes: Corvina Veronese 55%, Rondinella 25%, Cabernet Sauvignon 15%, Other Grapes 5%
Veneto region

One that has marked the history of Amarone internationally. Monumental character, with a passionate and very multifaceted nose. Among the most historic and best Italian red wines for solemnity and olfactory lyricism.

Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2011  – Bertani

Description: Elegant and multifaceted bouquet, with fruity brushstrokes of blackberries in jam and cherries in spirits, balsamic tones and hints of autumn spices, tar and licorice. The sip is very long, well balanced in its components and with continuous balsamic returns of roasting and blackberry.

Grapes: Corvina Veronese 80%, Rondinella 20%
Veneto region

With full rights among the best and most iconic and historical Italian red wines among Amarone wines. Powerful, with an unusual elegant austerity: it is a wine that does not hesitate, an impeccable representation of Valpolicella’s expressive potential.

Amarone Classico Riserva ‘La Mattonara’ 2006 – Zymé

Characteristics: Scents of blackberry jam and dried figs combine with dehydrated flower registers and echoes of black and toasted pepper. The sip is clear and smooth, well balanced between fine-grained tannins and excellent flavor.

A very material, slightly austere and surprisingly persistent wine. Extraordinary aging potential. Deservedly among the best Italian red wines.

Veneto region

Pinot Nero ‘Vigna Roccolo’ 2015 – Hofstatter

Characteristics: Nose initially played on notes of wild raspberry, wild strawberries, blood and humus nuances embellished with sweeter woodsy tones between white chocolate and vanilla and cloves.

Grapes: Pinot Nero 100%

Region: South Tyrol

An Italian red wine that wrote the history of Pinot Noir in Alto Adige in Mazon. One of the best interpretations of Pinot Noir for finesse: expansive but long-limbed, with sculptural tannins and a persistence that unfolds enveloping and imperishable. Certainly among the most historic and best Italian red wines.

Pinot Nero ‘Ponkler’ 2015 – Franz Haas

Description The bouquet is captivating and outlines notes of ripe red berries, white chocolate, cloves and alpine flora. On the palate it reveals a silky tannic texture, well integrated with a pleasant acidity that makes the drink fresh and smooth.

Grapes: Pinot Nero
Region: South Tyrol

An extraordinary wine, an icon of Pinot Noir in Italy. It is an enveloping wine that brings to mind sensorial archetypes, deservedly among the best Italian red wines for identity and enhancement of the variety of the most loved grape of all.

Pinot Nero Riserva ‘Vigna Ganger’ 2016 – Girlan 

Description: Outlines seductive notes of wild strawberry followed by humus, resin, suggestions of medicinal herbs and graphite. On the palate it is voluminous and solemn with well-marked tannins of great presence and synergistically linked to a strong acidity that gives balance and freshness.

Grapes: Pinot Nero
Region: South Tyrol

One of the most compelling interpretations of Pinot Nero in Italy. An imaginative and slender wine, rich in fruit and balsamic suggestions One of the best Italian red wines for taste-olfactory finesse

Merlot 2016 – Miani

Miani’s Merlot galvanizes the nose with hints of ripe blackberries and raspberries to which are added suggestions of withered flowers, undergrowth and dark chocolate. The sip is intense with well-defined tannins and supported by a pronounced acidity that gives great drinkability and harmony and balance.

Grapes: Merlot 100%
Area: Friuli Colli Orientali

Characteristics: An eloquent representation, undisputed witness of the excellence of the Colli Orientali del Friuli. A refined and harmonious wine, characterized by a greedy stratified birth that closes on sylvan notes and by a soft and captivating tannin.

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Brunello di Montalcino 2012 – Biondi-Santi

Description: The bouquet is penetrating and complex, played on intense notes of ripe cherry, currant and violet, embellished with juniper berries, eucalyptus, medicinal herbs, leather and undergrowth. On the palate it is vigorous and enveloping with tannins that envelop the mouth in an engaging sip and imperishable persistence.

Grapes: Sangiovese 100%
Tuscany region

A wine that gave birth to the legend of Brunello di Montalcino. Wine of extraordinary elegance, whose majestic tannic texture portends a sensational aging potential. With full rights among the best Italian red wines, among the most famous, historical and iconic.

Masseto’ 2015 – Tenuta dell’Ornellaia

Involving the aromatic framework that is articulated between blueberries, ripe blackberries, flanked by light spicy notes of vanilla, cocoa powder and smoky notes. On the palate it has a sumptuous tannic texture that is elegantly powerful but smooth.

Grapes: Merlot%
Tuscany region

Considered the best Italian Merlot. One of the best Italian red wines for its ability to combine structure and aromatic finesse and great and silkiness. Mediterranean and aristocratic character. Fully among the best Italian red wines.

‘Sassicaia’ 2018 – Tenuta San Guido

Description: Titillates the nose alternating intense varietal aromas of cherry, myrtle, scrubland, eucalyptus and hints of green pepper. The sip is material and harmonious with powerful and velvety tannins well balanced by a pressing acidity that creates a sensational balance of freshness on the palate.

Grapes: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon 15% Cabernet Franc
Tuscany region

A wine that made the history of Cabernets in Italy and paved the way for Bolgheri wines: dutifully one of the best red wines for indisputable finesse. A lysergic, refined but imaginative wine that tells of the eloquence of the Tuscan terroir.

Le Pergole Torte 2016 – Montevertine

Characteristics: Aromas initially played on notes of black cherry, violet violets and blood orange embellished with more enigmatic hints of wild catmint and humus. On the palate well-hatched and compact tannins and great acidity which confers smoothness.

Grapes: Sangiovese 100%
Tuscany region

A historic and intoxicating wine among the best interpretations of pure Sangiovese for its multifaceted taste-olfactory complexity.

Refined, elegiac and long-limbed: of interesting iodized flavor and inexhaustible persistence in which the varietal character of Sangiovese re-emerges in its eloquence. Certainly one of the most historic and best Italian red wines.

Colore 2016 – Bibi Graetz

Incisive aromas of ripe cherries and blackberries enhanced by nuances of leather, cloves and medicinal herbs. On the palate it presses with a thick, penetrating and silky tannic texture mitigated by a strong acidity. It opens for a balsamic finish, with a very long persistence.

Grapes: Sangiovese 100%
Tuscany region

A sui generis and original wine, among the best Italian red wines for expressiveness and enhancement of the character of Sangiovese in the hills of Fiesole. It stretches towards a balsamic and persistent finish making the mind travel towards reminiscences and olfactory archetypes.

Ornellaia 2015 – Tenuta dell’Ornellaia

Description: Raspberry, and wild strawberries lengthen towards a finish rich in suggestions of cloves, tobacco, resin, bark and iodized tones. The mouth is immediately enveloped by powerful and silky tannins that slowly leave room for a long and fruity finish.

Grapes: Cabernet sauvignon 56%, Merlot 27%, Cabernet franc 10%, Petit verdot 7%
Tuscany region

Born in 1981, it is still one of the most famous super Tuscans internationally. Superb on the nose and eloquent on the palate, it is a wine with a sensational intelligibility that layers complex aromatic tones defined and unusual. Surely one of the most historical and best Italian red wines for olfactory complexity but also material and resolute palate.

Solaia Antinori 2017 – Antinori

Description: A kaleidoscope of notes of red fruit and nipitella is created, embellished with elegant woody notes of roasting and cocoa powder. The taste is wide and clean, characterized by a compact and mature tannin. Sensational persistence finish on the fruit, spices,

Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon 75%, Sangiovese 20%, Cabernet Franc 5%
Tuscany region

Invented by Piero Antinori in 1978, it is one of the best Italian supertuscan red wines. A sumptuous and slender wine, with a long and satisfying sip, one of the most famous and best Italian red wines for depth and olfactory precision.

Flaccianello della Pieve 2016 – Fontodi

Description: On the nose it spreads intense notes of ripe cherry and red orange peel followed by autumn spices and juniper berries. Well-defined and measured tannins and pacing acidity that gives great freshness and drinkability.

Grapes: Sangiovese 100%
Tuscany region

Considered among the most famous Supertuscan, a wine that has marked generations of enthusiasts all over the world. A long-limbed and vibrant wine. Among the most historic and best Italian red wines for maximizing the varietal character of Sangiovese.

Redigaffi 2017 – Tua Rita

Description: It opens in a kaleidoscope of aromas between notes of blueberries and blackberry jam followed by a more austere character of dark cocoa powder, cardamom, incense and undergrowth. The palate with a silky tannin and a good acidity that favors drinkability. Great flavor and excellent persistence.

Grapes: Merlot 100%
Tuscany region

One of the best interpretations of Syrah in Italy. Sapid and seductive with intact fruit of great intelligibility, embellished but not masked by the tertiary notes. Fully among the most famous and best Italian red wines for the enhancement of the vine of the famous Middle Eastern variety.

Messorio 2019 –  Le Macchiole

Description: Interesting aromatic profile that spreads elegant and intense notes of blackberry and blueberry, blood nuances, salted undergrowth, patchouli for a spicy finish. On the palate it is enveloping, flowing and with material tannins of great thickness and sensational acidity that gives balance.

Grapes: Merlot 100%
Tuscany region

Considered one of the most virtuous and imaginative interpretations in Italy of the original Bordeaux grape. A Merlot with a great material extract but also distinguished by character: multifaceted and imaginative nose and compact, vigorous and exciting tannins. Fully among the best Italian red wines.

Cepparello 2016 – Isole e Olena

A harmonious wine, with a fresh drink but enriched by strong brushstrokes of wild strawberries, cassis, eucalyptus, leather and undergrowth nuances. Great extract that creates a sensational counterpoint with the pounding acidity typical of Sangiovese. Emphatic and penetrating finish.

Grapes: Sangiovese 100%
Tuscany region

Among the most historical and best Italian red wines for balance and harmony and ability to enhance and integrate the tertiary notes. A vibrant wine, historical, iconic and incisive representation of Sangiovese.

Brunello di Montalcino 2015 – Poggio di Sotto

Characteristics: Ripe and preserved red fruit, which stretch towards a finish of austere spices, goudron, spicy nuances and undergrowth Great polyphenolic extract and final length and great precision

Grapes: Sangiovese 100%
Tuscany region

One of the best versions of Brunello di Montalcino with international success. A powerful, prolix and passionate wine. Ideal wine for enthusiasts, certainly among the most famous and best Italian red wines.

Brunello di Montalcino ‘Cerretalto’ 2012 – Casanova di Neri

Description: The aromatic spectrum is seductive and outlines nuances of ripe cherry, wild raspberry to make room for woody tones, tar and tobacco. On the palate it is voluminous, with a well-marked tannic texture of great thickness and synergistically linked to an acidity that creates dialectics and rhythm. Excellent persistence with afterward echoes of fruit and spices.

Grapes: Sangiovese 100%
Tuscany region

An unmissable wine: a riot of aromas and skilfully integrated tertiary notes. It is a must to rank it among the best Italian red wines for its ability to masterfully renew the character of the Brunello di Montalcino we are used to.

Brunello di Montalcino ‘Madonna delle Grazie’ 2015 – Il Marroneto 

Description: Faceted, fine and complex character: it opens on exposure on berries and ripe cherries, embellished with spices, blood notes, licorice and officinal herbs. Great extract in the mouth with compact tannins of great thickness and finesse. Excellent persistence and elegance.

Grapes: Sangiovese 100%
Tuscany region

An imaginative and exciting wine, an interpretation of extraordinary elegance of Brunello di Montalcino, certainly among the best Italian red wines for sensational dialectic between fruit clarity and tertiary notes.

L’Apparita 2015 – Castello di Ama

Description: Red fruits in evidence among which stand out ripe black fruits, plum, epiphanies of autumnal forest walks followed by pleasant sandalwood and sweet tobacco.

Grapes: Merlot 100%
Tuscany region

Recognized as one of the best Italian red wines produced with Merlot: great mastery in the varietal interpretation of the Bordeaux grape. Enveloping, dense and majestic with a boundless and archaic finish.

Chianti Classico ‘Colonia’ 2017 – Fèlsina

Description: On the nose it convinces us with intriguing notes of dark berries, violets and iris that mix with austere toasted nuances and sweet spices. On the palate it is enveloping, the tannic texture is material and supported by a nice acidity. Harmonious and persistent finish.

Grapes: Sangiovese 100%
Tuscany region

The beating heart of Chianti Classico: Felsina seduces us with an intense wine of great character, a representation of the quintessence of Sangiovese. Fully qualified among the best Italian red wines for their great depth, fascinating and highly recognizable.

Chianti Classico ‘Il Poggio’ 2016 – Castello di Monsanto

Description: Characteristics: It fascinates with its lively and passionate olfactory framework that leads between notes of wild raspberry and blackberry embellished with spicy and roasting tones and stretches towards a finish on aromatic herbs between nepitella and musk. The sip has a sensational extract, voluminous, silky, with an imperishable persistence.

Grapes: Sangiovese 90%, Canaiolo and Colorino 10%
Tuscany region

This historic cru of Castello di Monsanto was born from the historic vineyard planted in 1962. Among the best Chianti Classico in circulation. A French-style peacock-tailed telluric wine: it opens slyly and seductively to reveal itself sensationally expansive and majestic on the palate. Deservedly among the best Italian red wines.

Galatrona 2017 – Petrolo

Description: On the nose a bouquet stands out that ranges from hints of marasca cherry, blackberry, humus and vegetable epiphanies, to give space to tertiary suggestions of vanilla, licorice and coffee. On the palate it is warm with an enveloping, silky tannic texture and a long seductive balsamic persistence.

Grapes: Merlot 100%
Tuscany region

A sensational interpretation of the Bordeaux vine in Tuscany, conceived with the contribution of the famous winemaker Carlo Ferrini. A powerful and rich wine embellished with captivating mineral suggestions and great intelligibility of the fruit. Deservedly among the best Italian red wines overall finesse and varietal enhancement of Merlot.

‘Oreno’ 2017- Tenuta Sette Ponti

Description: The olfactory picture is interesting, articulated between tones of dark and ripe berries, nuances of cocoa powder and balsamic nuances. On the palate it is dense, compact, velvety and with an unusual persistence.

Grapes: Merlot 100%
Tuscany region

One of the best super Tuscans in existence. An elegant and full-bodied wine with great balance. Deservedly among the best Italian red wines for enhancing the Bordeaux blend in Tuscany.

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2012 – Valentini

Characteristics: Surprising aromatic range that outlines blackberry in alcohol, plum, wild fennel followed by toasted and spicy notes. Powerful and compact tannins of excellent maturity and finish with references to the fruit and aromatic herbs.

Grapes: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 100%
Region: Abruzzo

From one of the most historic wineries in Abruzzo, a superb wine of unusual eloquence and elegance. Deservedly among the most famous, historical and best Italian red wines.

Villa Gemma Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2013 – Masciarelli

Characteristics: Ripe cherry and black currant stand out in the olfactory spectrum, flanked by mineral puffs, leather and medicinal herbs. Well hatched and ripe tannins and sensational iodized flavor that amplifies the sip.

Grapes: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 100%
Region: Abruzzo

Surely one of the most iconic wineries in Abruzzo: A wine that has been able to maximize the expressive enhancement of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo by reaching peaks of the highest level. Deservedly among the best Italian red wines.

Kurni 2017 – Oasi degli Angeli 

Characteristics: Peremptory presses us on ripe cherry and blackberry and leather and funky notes, on the background vanilla, white chocolate and tobacco references. On the palate it is silky and expansive, with vigorous tannins and well integrated with the acidity endowed with a sensational grip that gives smoothness.

Grapes: Montepulciano 100%
Marche region

Without a doubt one of the best biodynamic Italian red wines: sui generis, whimsical and passionate, engaging dialectic between tannins and overwhelming acidity.

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Taurasi Vigna Quintodecimo 2015 – Quintodecimo

Characteristics: Galvanizes the sense of smell with a nose rich in facets, including aromas of dark oak, eucalyptus, balsamic registers and roasting. Rich and savory in the mouth with a rich but sculptural polyphenolic set synergistically integrated with the acidity of the backbone that gives balance and freshness.

Grapes: 100% Aglianico
Region: Campania

A sensational wine, produced by one of the leading international wine experts, Professor Luigi Moio. To be counted among the best Italian red wines for their austere and elegant character: Solemn, harmonious wine with an exciting finish and imperishable persistence.

Pàtrimo 2015 – Feudi di San Gregorio 

Characteristics: Interesting and incisive the aromatic spectrum, in evidence ripe wild blackberry with suggestions of dried figs, roasting, dark chocolate, carob and camphor. The sip is enveloping with compact and vigorous tannins and a balsamic finish of great precision and length.

Grapes: Merlot 100%
Region: Campania

One of the most historic wineries in Campania. An austere, dark and sumptuous interpretation of Merlot with sensational persistence. Deservedly among the best Italian red wines of the south.

Terre di Lavoro 2017 – Galardi

Description: Galvanizes with a fine and complex aromatic framework that is articulated between dark berries and well integrated spicy and toasted tones. The mouth is compact, with a sensational extract synergistically linked to a pleasant iodized flavor that amplifies the sip. Extraordinary persistence of excellent cleanliness.

Grapes: Aglianico 80% and Piedirosso 20%
Region: Campania

A real oenological institution of Campania. Fully among the best Italian red wines of Campania.

Aglianico del Vulture ‘Titolo’ 2019 – Elena Fucci

Description: Galvanizes the nose with hints of strawberry jam and dark and ripe berries to which are added suggestions of white chocolate and sandalwood embellished with tertiary and ethereal stamps. The sip is powerful with well-dashed tannins and aided by a pleasant mineral flavor that gives structure and length to the drink. End of imperishable persistence.

Aglianico: 100%
Region: Basilicata

Sophisticated, juicy and vigorous wine with a great territorial identity. Among the best Italian red wines in Basilicata for taste-olfactory expressiveness.

Aglianico del Vulture ‘Don Anselmo’ 2015 – Paternoster

Description: The nose is enveloped by a broad and enveloping olfactory bouquet: notes of ripe cherries in alcohol and small red fruits hunt down, leaving room for a finish rich in tertiary aromas of roasting, nutmeg and coffee powder. The sip is full and overwhelming, with compact tannins and a very long finish which echoes the varietal character of the Aglianico.

Aglianico: 100%
Region: Basilicata

A long-limbed and intense interpretation, a synthesis of territoriality and evolution. Fully among the best Italian red wines of Basilicata for the overwhelming persistence on the palate.

Tenores Badde Nigolosu 2015 – Tenute Dettori

Description: On the nose there are notes of blackberry jam, undergrowth and juniper enriched by balsamic brushstrokes of licorice root and flint. The drink envelops the palate in a dense and pleasantly sumptuous sip, with a surprising salty trail on the finish that leaves the mouth fresh and satisfied.

Grapes: Cannonau 100%
Region: Sardinia

One of the most successful interpretations of Cannonau, which tells us with disarming sincerity the nature of its fruit. An example of how the high alcohol content can enter into synergy with minerality, giving an original and exciting sip, Cannonau by Tenute Dettori is undoubtedly one of the best Italian red wines.

Turriga 2015 – Argiolas

Description: The nose spreads intense notes of black currant, blackberry jam and black cherries in alcohol, then elongating towards toasted tones and balsamic sensations, of incense and nipitella. On the palate it is warm and round, with compact and well-defined tannins and an elegant and very clean finish.

Grapes: Cannonau 85%, Malvasia Nera, Bovale Sardo and Carignano
Region: Sardinia

Embodiment of Sardinia, Argiolas’ Turriga is a visceral wine, with an impetuous soul and a Mediterranean tone of unusual finesse. Fully among the most iconic and best Italian red wines.

‘Jo’ 2019 – Gianfranco Fino

Description: It opens peremptorily in a lysergic riot of aromas ranging from potpourri of red flowers, plums, dehydrated figs, Modica chocolate and wild fennel. On the palate it is voluminous and enveloping, with a sensational phenolic extract that creates a synergistic dialectic with a strong acidity. End of imperishable persistence in which the Manduria terroir echoes unequivocally and eloquently.

From Alberelli of about 40 years of the Manduria area. Slightly late harvest. Vinified without clarification or filtration.

Grapes: 100% Negroamaro
Puglia region

Considered one of the most iconic Puglia producers, the Jo wine by Gianfranco Fino is a Negroamaro with a Mediterranean, lysergic and archaic character. Among the best Italian wines for its ability to interpret the irrepressible power of the terroir.

‘Arcurìa Sopra il Pozzo’ 2015 – Graci

Description: Titillates the nose with incisive notes of wild strawberries, raspberry, orange peel, embellished with tones of candied Mediterranean scrub, black pepper and woody tones. Galvanizes the palate with thick but smooth tannin synergistically linked to a strong acidity that favors drinking. Very persistent finish in which the fruit and notes of garrigue echo.

Grapes: Nerello Mascalese 100%
Region: Sicily (Etna)

One of the leading representatives of Etna wines. Mediterranean character, the nose is a delicate prelude that spreads sensationally opulent on the sip: powerful but silky tannins and penetrating olfactory intensity. Fully among the best Italian red wines.

Etna Rosso Prephylloxera La vigna di Don Peppino 2017 – Tenuta delle Terre Nere 

Description: Brushstrokes of rose petals, plums and raspberries in syrup give way to clear notes of graphite, humus and nutmeg. On the palate it is sumptuous, with a sculptural body animated by a lively minerality that makes it vertical and expansive.

Grapes: Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio
Region: Sicily (Etna)

Rare pearl of Sicilian viticulture, it perfectly expresses the essence of Etna, incisive and with an unmistakable character. Among the best Italian red wines, chapeau!

What are the best red wines in Italy?

What is the best red wine in Italy? Choosing is a difficult undertaking, which however inevitably is subject to the limits of a subjective opinion, which as such, by definition, is deficient and arbitrary.

We have simply compiled a list of our favorite interpretations according to our evaluations. However, it remains essential to underline that wine is not born to be prestigious, exhibited or flaunted.

But to excite us and be shared in a genuine way with the people we love, binding ourselves to contingent situations and to the unrepeatable and intimate moments of our life.

Therefore, we invite you to visit wineries and get to know the producers who produce wines in their uniqueness, so that you can independently discover and choose the wine that can be counted for you among your personal favorite wines. If you have had the patience to read this far, thank you for your attention, but now is the time to fill the glasses and cut the distant hopes, and therefore:

Cheers, Salute, Santé

Jean Marco Palmieri