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WINE

Learn about Italian Wines!

This page is an essential guide to Italian Wines and collects all the articles about wines, appellations, and grape varieties. Italian Wines are classified into 526 Denominations, spread in 20 regions: 75 DOCGs, 333 DOCs, and 118 IGPs. Everybody has heard of Barolo, Brunello, Chianti, and Amarone. If you are an intermediate taster, you may know about Cortese, Vermentino, Aglianico, maybe Orvieto, and Verdicchio.

But who knows about Vitoska, Vespolina, Biancolella, and Tintilia? You will, if you want, by reading this guide.

Facts and figures

-- The Italian wine scene is composed of about 310,000 farms, an average of 2 hectares cultivated per farm, and just over 45,000 wine-making companies -- AGEA (Agency for Agriculture Subsidy) data: in 2015, 76% of the wineries produced less than 100 hectoliters of wine per year, 17% between 101 and 1,000 hectoliters, 5% between 1,001 and 10,000 hectoliters, and 1% between 10,001 and 100,000 hectoliters -- This confirms the tendency towards fragmentation and the prevalence of small and medium-sized entities -- The vast majority comes from the larger companies: in 2015, 77.5% was produced by companies that vinified more than 10,001 hectoliters per year -- Three fundamental categories:  Family-run wineries, widespread in the areas with the greatest winemaking traditions; Cooperatives, that cover 60% of wine production in Italy; Large estates and industries, historic Tuscan, Venetian, and Piedmontese wine families, grown considerably through acquisitions and mergers

The Essential Guide to Italian Wines

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    IGP Spello

    IGP Spello: It is a very interesting apellation from Umbria producing red, white, rose’wines. White Grapes are Albana, Bellone, Biancame, Bombino Bianco, Chardonnay, Falanghina,  Fiano, Friulano, Garganega, Gewürztraminer, Grechetto, Greco, Maceratino, Malvasia, Manzoni Bianco, Montonico Bianco, Moscato, Mostosa, Müller-Thurgau, Passerina, Pecorino, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Sylvaner Verde, Trebbiano, Verdello, Verdicchio, Vermentino, Vernaccia, Viognier, Welschriesling (Riesling Italico) Red Grapes are Aglianico, Aleatico, Alicante, Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Canaiolo Nero, Carignano, Cesanese, Ciliegiolo, Dolcetto, Gaglioppo, Gamay, Grechetto Rosso, Lacrima,  Malbec,  Malvasia Nera, Merlot, Montepulciano, Nero d’Avola (Calabrese), Pinot Nero, Primitivo, Rebo, Refosco, Sagrantino, Sangiovese, Syrah, Vernaccia Nera. alcohol level: 10.0% We are working on this IGP Spello appellation description.Please come back soon.Send us an e-mail if you are looking for more info atcheers@drinkitalian.com In the meantime, if you are in the mood for a good book, you can try:– The Modern History of Italian Wine by Walter Filipputti– Hidden Gems of Italy: An Insider’s Secret Formula To Find Top-Class Italian Wines At Value Prices And Taste La Dolce Vita by…

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    Verduno Pelaverga / Verduno DOC

    Verduno Pelaverga / Verduno DOC: This is an appellation for only red wines. Red Grapes are Pelaverga Piccolo. Wine Composition: Rosso (Rd): Minimum 85% Pelaverga Piccolo + OANRG. The Minimum alcohol level is 11.0% We are working on this Verduno Pelaverga / Verduno DOC appellation description.Please come back soon.Send us an e-mail if you are looking for more info atcheers@drinkitalian.com In the meantime, if you are in the mood for a good book, you can try:– The Modern History of Italian Wine by Walter Filipputti– Hidden Gems of Italy: An Insider’s Secret Formula To Find Top-Class Italian Wines At Value Prices And Taste La Dolce Vita by Tony Margiotta Additionally, you can discover the other…

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    Valsusa DOC

    Valsusa DOC: This is an appellation for only red wines. White Grape is Baratuciat and Red Grapes are Avanà, Barbera, Becuet, Dolcetto, Neretta CuneeseWine Composition: Rosso (Rd): Minimum 60% Avanà, Barbera, Becuet, Dolcetto, and/or Neretta Cuneese + OANRG; Avanà (Rd): Minimum 85% Avanà + OARG; Becuet (Rd): Minimum 85% Becuet + OARG: Novello (Rosso); Baratuciat (Wh): Minimum 85% Baratuciat + OAWG. Minimum alcohol level is 11.0% We are working on this Valsusa DOC appellation description.Please come back soon.Send us an e-mail if you are looking for more info atcheers@drinkitalian.com In the meantime, if you are in the mood for a good book, you can try:– The Modern History of Italian Wine by Walter Filipputti– Hidden Gems of Italy:…

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    Valli Ossolane DOC

    Valli Ossolane DOC: It is the Northernmost appellation in Piedmont, close to Valle d’Aosta and the Italian border with France. It includes white wines made with min. 60% Chardonnay and red wines with Nebbiolo and/or Croatina and/or Merlot (min 60%). We are working on this Valli Ossolane DOC appellation description.Please come back soon.Send us an e-mail if you are looking for more info atcheers@drinkitalian.com In the meantime, if you are in the mood for a good book, you can try:– The Modern History of Italian Wine by Walter Filipputti– Hidden Gems of Italy: An Insider’s Secret Formula To Find Top-Class Italian Wines At Value Prices And Taste La Dolce Vita by Tony Margiotta Additionally, you…

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    Terre Alfieri DOC

    Terre Alfieri DOC: It is an appellation from Piedmont producing red, white, wines.  White Grape IS Arneis and Red Grape Varieties is Nebbiolo Wine Composition is Arneis (Wh): Minimum 85% Arneis + OANWG; Nebbiolo (Rd): Minimum 85% Nebbiolo + OANRG. The Minimum alcohol level is 11.5% for Arneis or 12.0% if a vineyard is named; 12.5% for Nebbiolo or 13.0% if a vineyard is named We are working on this Terre Alfieri DOC appellation description.Please come back soon.Send us an e-mail if you are looking for more info atcheers@drinkitalian.com In the meantime, if you are in the mood for a good book, you can try:– The Modern History of Italian Wine by Walter…

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    Strevi DOC

    Strevi DOC: This is an appellation for only red wines. White Grape is Moscato.  Wine Composition:Passito (WhSw): 100% Moscato Bianco. Minimum alcohol level: 12.5% (20.0% potential); 13.0% if a vineyard is named (20.0% potential) We are working on this Strevi DOC appellation description.Please come back soon.Send us an e-mail if you are looking for more info atcheers@drinkitalian.com In the meantime, if you are in the mood for a good book, you can try:– The Modern History of Italian Wine by Walter Filipputti– Hidden Gems of Italy: An Insider’s Secret Formula To Find Top-Class Italian Wines At Value Prices And Taste La Dolce Vita by Tony Margiotta Additionally, you can discover the other wines from Piedmont.

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    Sizzano DOC

    Sizzano DOC: This red wine is produced in the Northern part of Piedmont in the Novara province. It is made with Nebbiolo (min 50%-max 70%) which is called Spanna in that area. It can also include Vespolina and/or Uva Rara (30% to 50%) and other autorized red varieties. We are working on this Sizzano DOC appellation description.Please come back soon.Send us an e-mail if you are looking for more info atcheers@drinkitalian.com In the meantime, if you are in the mood for a good book, you can try:– The Modern History of Italian Wine by Walter Filipputti– Hidden Gems of Italy: An Insider’s Secret Formula To Find Top-Class Italian Wines At Value Prices And Taste…

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    Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato DOCG

    Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato DOCG: This is an appellation for only red wines in the region of Piedmont. Red Grape is Ruchè. Wine Composition:Rosso (Rd): Minimum 90% Ruchè; maximum 10% Barbera and/or Brachetto: Riserva (Rosso). The Minimum alcohol level is 12.5% We are working on this Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato DOCG appellation description.Please come back soon.Send us an e-mail if you are looking for more info atcheers@drinkitalian.com In the meantime, if you are in the mood for a good book, you can try:– The Modern History of Italian Wine by Walter Filipputti– Hidden Gems of Italy: An Insider’s Secret Formula To Find Top-Class Italian Wines At Value Prices And Taste La Dolce Vita by Tony…

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    Rubino di Cantavenna DOC

    Rubino di Cantavenna DOC: This is an appellation for only red wines in the region of Piedmont. Red Grape is Barbera. Wine Composition for Rosso (Rd) is 75–90% Barbera; 10–25% Freisa and/or Grignolino. Minimum alcohol level is 11.5% We are working on this Rubino di Cantavenna DOC appellation description.Please come back soon.Send us an e-mail if you are looking for more info atcheers@drinkitalian.com In the meantime, if you are in the mood for a good book, you can try:– The Modern History of Italian Wine by Walter Filipputti– Hidden Gems of Italy: An Insider’s Secret Formula To Find Top-Class Italian Wines At Value Prices And Taste La Dolce Vita by Tony Margiotta Additionally, you can…

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    Roero DOCG

    Roero DOCG: It is an appellation from Piedmont producing red, white, sparkling wines. White Grape is  Arneis and Red Grape isNebbiolo Wine Composition: Bianco (Wh): Minimum 95% Arneis + OANWG; Riserva (Bianco); Rosso (Rd): Minimum 95% Nebbiolo + OANRG; Riserva (Rosso); Spumante (WhSp, WhSpSw): Minimum 95% Arneis + OANWG. Minimum alcohol level is11.5% for Spumante; 12.0% for Bianco and Bianco Riserva; 12.5% for Rosso and Riserva We are working on this Roero DOCG appellation description.Please come back soon.Send us an e-mail if you are looking for more info atcheers@drinkitalian.com In the meantime, if you are in the mood for a good book, you can try:– The Modern History of Italian Wine by Walter Filipputti– Hidden…


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