The 8 Best Italian wines: Our Ultimate Wine Tasting List

Wine has been an essential part of the culture of Italy for centuries. In fact, such ancestry can be traced back to the Roman era, and many of the most popular Italian wines have a history that can be traced back for centuries.

Italian chef with language guests outside drinking glass of wine

Italian chef with language guests outside drinking glass of wine

There are a lot of benefits of wine; some to be listed down are:

  • People who drink wine moderately are on 30% lesser risk to develop diabetes type 2.
  • The chances of blood clot related strokes drop down to 50% for a moderate wine drinker.
  • Moderate drinking of wine cuts down the possibility of colon cancer by 45 percent.
  • Antioxidants in Italian wine are proven to stop bad cholesterol from accumulating after eating red meat, lowering the risk of blood clots and diabetes.
  • Wine is rich in flavonoids, which hinder the chemical reactions triggered by harmful UVA and UVB rays.
  • Wines block the growth of streptococcus, bacteria that plays a major role in the formation of cavities and tooth decay.
  • Wines contain resveratrol, which reduces the stickiness of blood platelets, which helps keep the blood vessels open and flexible. This helps maintain a good blood supply to the brain

With such benefits and a culture so deeply entwined with the consumption of wine, you might even like to organise your own wine tasting event!

If you are organising your own wine tasting event, you might consider including some of Italy’s best wines – here are 8 suggested below:

1. Brunello

Brunello di Montalcino is a Tuscan red wine made with Sangiovese. It gets its name from a combination of the local name for Sangiovese (Brunello) and Montalcino, a small medieval hill town overlooking the Tuscan countryside.

2. Barolo

Barolo is “the King of Italian red wines” and comes from Piedmont. This wine is made from Nebbiolo, and can age well in the bottle, so whether you keep it for a day, week, or a year, Barolo will taste as amazing as if it’s been freshly made.
glass of red wine

3. Amarone

Amarone, known to dazzle and impress people, is one of Italy’s most powerful red wines. It is made with dried red grapes from the Veneto region.

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4. Barberesco

Barbaresco is also made with Nebbiolo, and is known as the Queen to the King Barolo. This wine is renowned for its perfume and finesse.

Bottles of Chianti wine

5. Chianti Classico

Only wines grown in a certain region of Tuscany can be called Chianti, and Chianti Classico refers to the an even more exclusive growing area within that. This iconic Italian red wine pairs well with different Italian cuisines.

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6. Barbera d’ Asti

Barbera d’ Asti is a crowd-pleaser. Named after the Italian red grape known as “Barbera,” this red grape has a quality of making wine with bright acidity and soft tannin.

7. Dolcetto d’ Alba

Dolcetto d’ Alba has more noticeable tannin than Barbera d’ Asti and is known for its balanced flavour.

 8. Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is Italy’s essential pizza wine, therefore we highly recommend including it at your wine tasting event. After all, who doesn’t love pizza?

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