Wine Beginners? Try These 5 Italian Reds

glass red wine vineyardWith 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!)

Our suggestions:

For something more fancy, you can try Brunello or Vino Nobile:



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).

They all come from 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.


    Sicilian Reds

    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.

    Our suggestions: