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The Best Wines in Southern Italy

Italy is probably best known for its great northern red wines such as Chianti, Barolo, Amarone, and Valpolicella. But the south of Italy also makes some stunning wines that are well worth a try. There are five main regions of wine producing in southern Italy, Sardinia, Campania, Basilicata, Puglia, and of course Sicily.

This wine producing areas is one of the oldest in Europe and vines have been growing in southern Italy since the Greeks brought vines with them to this part of Italy over three thousand years ago. The climate of this part of Italy is most agreeable to the practice of viticulture as it is warm with plenty of sun.

The plains of Puglia produce the bulk of Italian table wines, but it is in the hillier regions that the best wines are made in southern Italy. From the stunning dry white wines around Naples and the equally dry reds of Sardinia.

Donnachiara Fiano Di Avellino

This top dry white wine from Campagnia is medium bodied. It is surprisingly fresh and full of citrus with lemongrass and mineral undertones. But this wine pulls a good punch as it is full-bodied with superb layering of tastes and flavors. A rich luscious wine that retains a vibrancy through it all.

Cantina Del Taburno Fiano

Yet another selection from Campagnia but this beautifully balanced wine is quite different to the first wine we reviewed. The overall flavor of this complex wine is very earthy, with hints of ash and smoke, but a definite peach overtone. The finish is long and remains on the palette to linger and titillate.

Argiolas Costera Cannonau

The first red on our list comes from Sicily and is a most intense wine indeed. The predominant overtones are spices and peppers with rich dark berry fruits. In a blind tasting this wine could be confused with a good Chateauneuf-du-Pape it is that fine. Look out for a hint of white chocolate also.

Dolia Cannonau Di Sardegna

This classic wine from Sardinia is made from the Cannonau grape that is often considered to be a clone of Grenache. So, you know what sort of flavors to expect. The wine has plenty of fruit packed into it, notably black berries, and it is extremely well balanced with a perfectly smooth finish on the palette. 

Palmalias Vermentino

Hailing from Sardinia this intense white has a powerful bouquet with clean and crisp citrus aromas such as grapefruit. There are also background hints of crusty bread and spices. This wine would be a perfect accompaniment to fish and seafood dishes and would most probably make an ideal aperitif as well.

Dolia Vermentino Di Sardegna

Our last wine in our top list of southern Italian wines comes once again from Sardinia. For those people that like their white wines crisp with citrus overtones this wine ticks all the boxes. The aroma is very floral and the overall taste on the palette is almost creamy which makes it great for grilled prawns, lobster or broiled fish.

Great Wine Regions of Italy

If you seek quality wines, just go for Italian wines! Italy is an amazing wine-producing country, which is at the same level as other top winemaking nations like Spain as well as France. There are many spectacular wine regions in Italy. Read on to learn a few of these destinations.

1. Tuscany

The fame of Tuscany as an Italian wine-making region is unrivaled among other regions. It has a romantic landscape containing country roads, rolling hills as well as picturesque settlements. Tuscany is a delight of wine lovers all over the world and is among the most renowned wine regions in the whole of Europe. Tuscany land is very fertile for growing Sangiovese grapes; the region makes wines whose styles are recognized globally. Some its unique wines are When We Dance Chianti and DOCG Chianti Tenuta San Vito.

2. Piedmont

This is Tuscany’s chief rival, as both compete to achieve the status of Italy’s best wine region. Home to a collection of the most renowned Italian wines as well as wineries, Piedmont makes greater volumes of DOCG wines as compared with other regions. Some of these quality wines are Moscato d’Asti and Barolo. The location of Piedmont lies at Alps foot, which makes it ideal for grape cultivation. Owing to its diverse small vineyards, this region has been described as Italy’s Burgundy. It is popular for the Barbera grape that produces spectacular Italian flavors of high acidity as well as sour cherries. Few of the great wines from Piedmont are DOCG Barolo Vigna Rocche and La Raia DOCG Gavi.

3. Veneto

This destination is situated in Northeastern Italy and is among the most highly rated Italian wine regions. Although Veneto isn’t as big as other Italian wine regions, it’s renowned for creating greater quantities of wine than other regions in this country. Veneto makes several styles of wines using a lot of varieties of grapes. Some of these wines are Prosecco, Valpolicella, Soave, among others.

4. Marche and Abruzzo

These neighboring wine regions are around the vicinity of Central Italy. While Abruzzo is widely known for making red Montepulciano grape wine, Marche is popular for producing white Verdicchio wine. The heritage of the former region for wine-making can be traced to the Romans as well as the Etruscans. This is owing to its great terrain for grape cultivation. The Abruzzo wine region is directly at the southern part of Marche. Abruzzo has a rich history of wine production that spans more than 2000 years. Compared to Marche’s 25,000 hectares of vineyards for cultivating grapes, it has 89,000 hectares of land for growing different varieties of grape including Pecorino, Merlot, Trebbiano, among others.

5. Lombardy

One of the biggest wine regions in Italy remains Lombardy, which has the greatest population. But, this region makes 2 renowned wines only. These are the sparkling Lambruso and Franciacorta. The Lombardy wine region lies within the northern part of Italy and is landlocked. It obtains a large percentage of its water from 4 huge lakes.