Italy – what a beautiful and hedonistic wine country! It provides wine lovers with so many distinctive, unique flavors and styles. Wines full of verve and creativity. Key to understanding Italy is to understand that it is a group of regions rather than a single homogeneous country. From the heady, often sweet, ferments of the deep south to the delicate sub-alpine essences of the north. Italian white wines, made from a range of indigenous grape varieties of character and distinction, offer an attractive combination of fruit and refreshment. Here are examples of stunning white wines Italy has been making for some time now. Salute!
Vie di Romans, Flors Di Uis 2017
"Sliced apples and limes with hints of honey and lemon tea. Full body. Very intense flavors with powerful acidity and brightness on the palate. Flavorful finish. Drink or hold."
Grapes: Fruliano, Riesling and Malvasia Istriana. Region: Friuli-Venezia-Giulia.
Raetia, Kerner Alto Adige 2016
92 points Vinous
Kerner is a fantastic cross of Trollinger and Riesling, this grape is unique with stony pith and almond flavors, very mineral and crisp. A great wine for shellfish, salads or cheese.
Grapes: Kerner. Region: Trentino-Alto Adige (Italian Alps).
Ippolito, 1845 Mare Chiaro Ciro Bianco 2019
Aromatically the wine lifts from the glass with intensely ripe tropical fruits, as well as fresh white flowers. On the palate the wine is vibrantly bright and acidic, with notes of crunchy pears, juicy peaches, and salty sea air.
Grapes: Greco Bianco. Region: Ciro.
De Notari, Frascati Lazio 2018
Aromas include white flowers, wildflower honey, linden, and hints of cherries and ripe strawberries. Flavors include honeydew melon and white peaches. There is medium body with perfect balance as the wine saturates your palate along with having refreshing acidity on the finish.
Grapes: Frascati. Region: Lazio (closest region to Rome).
Fratelli Alessandria, Favorita Langhe 2016
The wine is fresh and delicate, with notes of white pulp fruit and flowers.
Grapes: Favorita. Region: Piedmont.
Nuraghe Crabioni, Vermentino di Sardegna 2017
91 points Wine Enthusiast
"Delicately understated but still enticing aromas of ripe apple, beeswax, Mediterranean scrub and a whiff of the seaside mingle together on this medium-bodied white. Reflecting the nose, the smooth fresh palate offers juicy white peach, ripe pear and citrus alongside a hint of saline. A white almond note lingers on the close."
Grapes: Vermentino. Region: Sardinia.