If you’re into Italian wines you have many, many choices. Following is a list of some of the more well known labels.
Some Links to Major producers:
- Antinori – established in 1385, with estates in
- Azienda Agricola Allegrini –
- Azienda Agricola Il Moletto – winery makes red, white, sweet, and sparkling wines.
- Azienda Agricola San Romano – specializes in Dolcetto.
- Barone Ricasoli – producing wines and olive oil since 1141.
- Bava – maker of traditional and innovative red, white and sparkling wines. Home of the annual International Altar Wine Seminar.
- Biondi Santi – home of Brunello di Montalcino.
- Bosca – producer of Italian spumante.
- Bruno Giacosa – producers of Barolo, Barbera, Dolcetto.
- Castel Noarna – located in an eleventh century castle.
- Castello Banfi – super Tuscan, brunello, chianti, sangiovese.
- Castello di Ama – wine produced exclusively with grapes from the property. Located in the heart of Chianti Classico, between Radda and Gaiole.
- Castello di Monterinaldi – Chianti winery. With links, photos, ordering information and more. In English, Italian, French, and German.
- Cavo Valentino – Cortese, Chardonnay, Barbera, Grignolino, Dolcetto and Cabernet Sauvignon.
- Colli Favorita Wineries – Piedmont region wines.
- Consorzio Prosecco Conegliano Valdobbiadene – consortium of wine producers.
- Di Lenardo Vineyards – wines of the
Friuliregion … the far North/East of Italy
- Farnese Vini – wines from Abruzzo.
- Fenocchio Azienda Agricola – winemaker has vineyards in several locations in Montforte d’Alba and Barolo wine-growing areas.
- Fontana Candida – founded in 1958 with headquarters are located in Monteporzio Catone (
- Fratelli Berlucchi Franciacorta – family-owned vineyards, producing champagnes, wines, and grappa.
- Gruppo Italiano Vini – cultivates vineyards in the classic areas of
- Michele Chiarlo Azienda Vitivinicola – three cellars: Calamandrana for Barbera d’Asti and Moscato d’Asti; La Morra for Barolo and Barbaresco; and Rovereto for Gavi.
- Montagner Vini and Spumanti SRL – producing fine wines and grappas.
- Montecastelli Selections Ltd. – offering a selection of premium wines based on indigenous Italian varieties. Also providing olive oil from
- Nuove Bollicine – reds, whites, and sparkling wines.
- Pasqua Vini Vigneti e Cantine –
- Peter Zemmer Weinkellerei – Cortina family winery in the
South Tyroleanlowlands offers flowery whites and full-bodied reds. (In English, German, and Italian).
- Riunite –
- Ruffino Wines – maker of reserve chianti and other estate wines from grapes cultivated on six Tuscan Estates.
- Tenuta dell’Ornellaia – historic Bolgheri vineyard and estate producing wine that is both internationally respected and award-winning.
- Tenuta Goccia – Barbera, Pignoletto, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Barricato.
- Terre Magre – offers DOC Friuli Grave wines produced in San Quirino di Pordenone.
- Val D’Oca – cooperative sustained by 600 producers makes grappa, sparkling Prosecco, and other varieties.
Some Recommended labels:
Frescobaldi Chianti Rufina Riserva Nipozzano 1999
Lush, lovely red fruit and nice acid structure; long, balanced, and satisfying.
Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico Riserva Rocca Guicciarda 1998
Racy and ripe, rich and dense, with fine fruit and solid structure.
Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico Riserva 2000
Fresh and spicy, with bright black raspberry fruit and keen acidity; long and balanced.
Da Vinci Chianti Riserva 2000
Up-front plum and blackberry fruit; racy on the palate, with lifted flavors.
Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2000
Juicy berry fruit mixed with overtones of leather and violets; long, pure, and delicious.
Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2000
Mature with spice and berry fruit and notes of leather and tobacco; quite complex and lovely.
Valiano Chianti Classico Poggio Teo 2000
Fleshy, packed with ripe berry fruit and full-bodied plum flavors.
Agricola Villa Cerna Chianti Classico Riserva 2000
Bright, smooth, long, and intense, with notes of wood and spice and plummy tones.
Terrabianca Chianti Classico Scassino 2002
Smooth on the palate, with racy, bright black-raspberry fruit and a fresh, balanced finish.
Valiano Chianti Classico Riserva 1999
Intense and raisiny, with chocolate, spice, and dry, concentrated fruit.
Terrabianca Chianti Classico Riserva Croce 2001
Richly textured, deep, and complex; long and luscious on the finish.
Brancaia Chianti Classico 2001
Juicy and bright, with plenty of ripe plum and spice; long and lively.
Panzanello Chianti Classico Riserva 2000
Dense with concentrated plum and blackberry fruit; wonderful balance.
Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Oro 1999
Lifted cherry-berry fruit and zippy acidity; made in a slightly lighter style.
Castello di Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 2000
Flagship wine from this important estate (a Riserva in all but name); stylish, and supple, with gorgeous plum, raspberry, violets, and spice; great length and complexity.