Wine Beginners? Try These 5 Italian Reds
With over 350 regional wines and over 500 native Italian wine grapes, how does one go about getting into Italian wine? These five Italian red wines are a great place to start –especially if you’re a beginner– because they absolutely encapsulate what Italian wine is all about!
The 5 italian red wines to try
This is Italy’s most important red wine variety that’s the base grape of Chianti Classico. (A Tuscan daily drinker!)
For something more fancy, you can try Brunello or Vino Nobile:
- Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOC "Cesiro" 2017 - Podere della Bruciata
- Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG 2018 - Manvi
- Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2015 - Casa Raia
This variety is a richer, more plummy red, but still packs “wow! pow!” acidity. It’s a wine from Piedmont. Try our Barbera d'Alba DOC Superiore "La Preda" 2017 from Barale Fratelli.
This is Piedmont’s other, more well-known wine (although it is less-planted than Barbera).Barale Fratelli.
Italians are very proud of their grapes. So, many wineries that grow and make international grape wines (like Cabernet or Merlot) get “declassified” to IGT status.
Sicily produces a large amount of Italy’s total wine production! There are some lovely red grapes grown here, such as Nero d’Avola, Frappato, and Nerello Mascalese.