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!
Andrea Felici, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore 2018
"Felici is a rising star of Verdicchio. His youthful non-riserva is the epitome of the modern style. The lifted, floral-toned nose has delicate fruit aromas. The palate is also clean and crisp, with poise and definition."
Grapes: Verdicchio. Region: Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi.
Franz Haas, Manna 2015
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Made from a blend of white grapes, including Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Kerner and Gewurztraminer, the 2015 Manna (in a screw cap bottle) offers impeccable balance and a high sense of distinction. The bouquet is neatly stitched together with three main components: A fruity side, a mineral-driven side and a floral side come together to form seamless unity. The wine shows a level of depth and easy complexity. That’s what sets it apart on the Italian winescape."
Grapes: Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Kerner and Gewurztraminer. Region: Trentino-Alto Adige (Italian Alps).
Scaia, Garganega Chardonnay 2019
Straw yellow with greenish reflections. Aromas of white flowers of acacia, jasmine, bouquet of citrus such as pineapple grapefruit and orange, apple, pear and mango and a light note of bananas. The palate is fresh and pleasant thanks to its sustained acidity. Well balanced softness and tanginess, making it inviting and intriguing.
Grapes: Garganega and Chardonnay. Region: Veneto.
Mastroberardino, Falanghina Sannio 2018
90 points Wine Spectator
"Lithe and crisp, with flavors of crunchy pear, apple blossom and ground ginger, underscored by a tang of saline that chimes on the finish. Drink now through 2023."
Grapes: Falanghina. Region: Campania (Amalfi Coast).
Antonelli, Grechetto Umbria 2015
"Organic. Deep honey colour. Attractively lifted and aromatic. Really ripe and appealing on the front palate with real grip and structure. The bottle doesn't look that smart but this is a wine bursting with character (and alcohol). It has breadth and pungency and so much ripeness but not sweetness. It's all kept in check by the light chewiness on the end. Lovely stuff. VGV (very good value)."
Grapes: Grechetto. Region: Umbria.
The Vinum, Cococciola Abruzzo 2018
Peach, acacia and hawthorn flowers. Fresh, fruity, fragrant, gently mineral.
Grapes: Cococciola. Region: Marche.