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Top 6 Italian Wine Regions and Grapes, Map Included

If you’re looking for quality wine, Italian wines are definitely some of the best to consider. Italy is a wine-making country on par with France and Spain, and is famous for having a wide range of grape varieties – nearly 400 in total!

This diversity is primarily due to two factors: the varied topography and climate, and the strong identities of each region – Italy was only united as one country in the 19th Century. As well as great diversity, Italy is one of the countries that can claim to produce the “best wines in the world”.

Italy is one of the oldest wine-producing countries in the world, with regions that have produced wine at least as far back as the 2nd Century B.C. – more than 2,000 years! There’s a lot of demand for wine within Italy and internationally, so it’s no surprise that there are so many amazing Italian wines!

Take a look at this wine map of Italy, featuring all of the best Italian wine regions:

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As you can see, a large portion of the Italian countryside is dedicated to producing Italian wines. Below, you’ll learn everything you need to know about the wine regions of Italy, and the quality wines that come from these regions.

By the time you reach the end of this page, you’ll know exactly how to pick some of the best wines from each of these Italy wine regions…​

Veneto

Veneto wine region Italy

Located in Northeastern Italy, the Veneto wine region is one of the most important of the Italian wine regions. While not as large as most of the other wine regions of Italy, this region is famous for producing more wine than the rest of the country.

 

The Veneto wine region produces many styles of wines from many different grape varieties. The best known appellations are Prosecco, sparkling wine made from the Glera grape; Soave, a white wine made from Garganega grapes and Valpolicella, red wines made from a blend based on Corvina grapes and varying in style from light, racy wines to very full-bodied Amarone wines.​

​A few of our favourite Italian wines from the Veneto region include:

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Fasoli Gino Soave Borgoletto (75cl)

Italy

Perfect fruit-definition in this firm but hugely refreshing Italian white

Alcohol: 12.5%
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£9.99

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Valpolicella Classico La Corte del Pozzo (75cl)

Italy

Charry oak, perfectly married with vibrant red fruits

Alcohol: 14%
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£13.75

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Amarone La Corte del Pozzo (75cl)

Italy

Made from dried grapes, you’ll be bowled over by the concentration.

Alcohol: 17%
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£42.00

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Giol Prosecco Spumante (75cl)

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Italy

Ultra-fashionable Italian pétillant wine with attractive pear-like fruits and hints of melted butter.

Alcohol: 11%
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Marche and Abruzzo

Marche and Abruzzo wine regions in Italy

Marche and Abruzzo are neighbouring regions that run along the centre of Italy. These two regions are famous for their production of white Verdicchio and red Montepulciano grapes, respectively.

Marche’s winemaking heritage dates back to the Etruscans, and Romans, with a highly versatile terroir perfect for growing grapes. With more than 25,000 hectares of vineyards growing Trebbiano and Verdicchio grapes, it is famous for its high-acidity, crisp, green-hued white wines, and ageworthy sweet wines. The Sangiovese and Montepulciano grapes produce amazing quality reds.

Directly to the south of Marche is Abruzzo, a region where winemaking has been in full force for over two millenia. The region has more than 89,000 hectares of planted land, growing native grape varieties such as Trebbiano, Pecorino, and Cocciola alongside Chardonnay and Merlot, but it is Montepulciano d’Abruzzo that is the most famous.

We at Vintageroots love these two quality wines from this region:

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Jasci Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (75cl)

Italy

Jammy red fruits abound in this cheerful, attractive red

Alcohol: 12.5%
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Pievalta Verdicchio Superiore (75cl)

Italy

Another stunning vintage of this great wine; stylish with slightly nutty citrus fruit flavours. 

Alcohol: 12.5%
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£11.99

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Tuscany

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Of all the wine regions of Italy, none are as renowned as the Tuscany wine region. With its romantic landscape of rolling hills, country roads, and picturesque villages, it’s a wine-lover’s paradise.

The Tuscany wine region is one of the most prolific in all of Europe, with internationally-recognized wines of all styles. From dry whites to full-bodied reds to sweet wines, a large quantity of Tuscan wine is recognized as DOC and DOCG, the top levels of Italian wine.

Sangiovese grapes flourish in Tuscany. Though it goes under a number of names (depending on the sub-region), it’s used in the production of a wide range of Italian wines – including Chianti.

Two of our favourite wines from Tuscany are:

 

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San Vito Chianti (75cl)

Italy

Superb Chianti that drinks so well with or without food.

Alcohol: 14%
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When We Dance Chianti (75cl)

Italy

Wonderful Chianti from the Tuscan estate of Sting and Trudie Styler.

Alcohol: 13%
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Piedmont

Piedmont wine region

The Piedmont wine region is the primary rival to Tuscany, striving to claim the spot as Italy’s “top wine region”. It produces more DOCG wines than any other region, and is home to some of Italy’s most famous wines and wineries – from long-lived Barolo to the delightfully light, sparkling Moscato d’Asti.

Its location at the foot of the Alps makes it prime grape-growing country. The region has been called “Italy’s Burgundy” due to the diversity of small vineyards.

The Piedmont wine region is famous for the Barbera grape, with classic Italian flavours of sour cherries and high acidity. Nebbiolo is another famous grape, and is used in the production of two of Italy’s finest wines: Barbaresco and Barolo. The Dolcetto grape is used for dry reds, and the sweet sparkling reds made from Brachetto grapes are truly magical.

Looking for a good Piedmont wine? We at Vintageroots recommend:

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Erbaluna Barolo Vigna Rocche (75cl)

Italy

Stunning organic Barolo from one of the most famous vineyards in the region.

Alcohol: 14%
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  • La Raia DOCG Gavi, a crisp white with hints of lime and greengage made from the Cortese grape.
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La Raia Gavi (75cl)

Italy

Attractive with a lovely floral nose and a ripe citrus palate

Alcohol: 13%
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£13.75

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Lombardy

Lombardy wine region

Lombardy is one of the largest of the Italian wine regions, with the highest population. However, it only produces two famous wines, both of which are sparkling: Franciacorta and Lambrusco. Located in northern Italy, this landlocked region gets most of its water from four massive lakes.

One of the most famous sub-regions in Lombardy is the Lugana region, which straddles the line between Lombardy and Veneto. The Lugana wines are of particularly good quality, thanks to the fact that the vineyards surround the massive Lake Garda, which moderates the temperature. The region is known for its Soave, Bardolino, and Valpolicella wines.

Our VintageRoots sommelier recommends:

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Pratello Lugana ‘Catulliano’ (75cl)

Italy

From the edges of Lake Garda in northern Italy, ‘Lugana’ wines are deservedly now in much greater demand.

Alcohol: 13%
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Pratello ‘Mille 1’ Rebo (75cl)

Italy

One of our favourite labels. One of our favourite wines.

Alcohol: 13.5%
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Sicily

Sicily wine region Italy

As the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily is the southernmost Italian wine region. For two and a half millennia, Sicily has been one of the primary hubs of Mediterranean viticulture. Thanks to its constant sunshine and reliable rainfall, wine production in Sicily has flourished.

Nero d’Avola is one of Sicily’s most famous wines, though the grape has only been imported to the island in the last century. It’s joined by the light, herbal Frappato, and Grillo and Fiano are some of the top white Sicilian varieties. The Syrah grown in Sicily is comparable to that of Southern France, particularly the Rhone Valley, with a lovely spice and softness.

For a good Sicilian wine, we believe you should try:

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Insieme Nero d’Avola No Added Sulphur (75cl)

Italy

A purer wine would be difficult to find!

Alcohol: 13%
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  • Mont’albano Grillo, a dry, aromatic white with generous fruit flavours and a delightfully soft mouthfeel.
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Mont’albano Grillo (75cl)

Italy

You get a brave glass of wine for your money here; good weighty lemon fruits

Alcohol: 12.5%
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These Italian wine regions are some of the best, and they’re famous for producing top quality wines. If you want some of the best wine Italy can offer, these are the regions to consider, but there’s a vast range to choose from – keep an eye out for regions such as Sardinia, Puglia and Alto-Adige which can offer widely different styles, but plenty of excitement.

Looking for good quality Italian wines? Check out our VintageRoots virtual wine cellar to find only the best wines from these Italian wine regions…

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