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What are your favorite Italian wine regions?

Posted by CPR NYC, Aug 19, 2010.

We all have favorite wines, but what about regions? Are there any specific Italian regions that excite your palate each and every time? Tuscany is home to multiple famed wine regions, centrally located in a perfect breeding ground for the most interesting grapes and complex tastes. Cheers!


Reply by Vinogger, Aug 19, 2010.

Piemonte is home to some delicious varietals including Nebbiolo, Dolcetto, Barbera, Barolo, Barbaresco, Muscato & Asti Spumanti.  If you'd like to read about some of the delicious Italian wines I recently tasted please check out my blog entry on Golden Glass which was a tasting of italian wines in San Francisco

Reply by dmcker, Aug 19, 2010.

Piemonte and Toscana are my top two, with the Veneto probably coming in third. Others I also like include Campania, the Alto Adige and Sicilia. Very good wines in all of them--all very different by varietal, style, what have you--and some of the world's greatest wines from some.

What exactly are you looking for in this thread?

Reply by dmcker, Aug 19, 2010.

Here on Snooth, the Piedmont may get the most exposure, with Tuscany running second. The other areas I mention get very little attention, though. Perhaps the powers that be might consider articles on the beautiful, world-class whites of the Alto Adige, the reds and wihites of Campania, Sicily and the Veneto? Both overviews and a lot of written up bottle tastings?

Reply by Hawk101, Aug 19, 2010.

Tuscany and Piedmonte are my two favorites.  Then the Alto Adige, Sicily and Veneto.   If you pressed me to choose just one it would be very difficult but I suppose it would have to be beloved Tuscany.  There is so much wonderful wine to be had all over Italy it's really hard to go wrong. Most of the time when I'm there I'm drinking the local wines that don't ever make it to the world market and they are superb. 

Reply by Peppino, Aug 19, 2010.

I'd have to say Piedmonte, Veneto and Campania but there's so much good wine from all over that pair well with the regional cuisine.  It's tough to choose though. Depends on my mood most times.

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Aug 20, 2010.

For me Piedmonte, Tuscany, Trentino, Alto-Adige, and Veneto in that order.

I think an article on Legrein is next up in the non-usual suspect list of Italian wine regions/grapes to report about!

Reply by dmcker, Aug 20, 2010.

I'll revise my order a little to push the Alto Adige ahead of the Veneto by a nose in third place, now that I think back on all the great white bottles (and even some pinot noir) that I've had. Hard call, but that Tyrolian magic wins out over Amarone.....

Greg, you really should also do regional coverage for the larger Snooth populace. Personally, I've had very little from Trentino, for example, and don't know enough about the area.

And how about listing here your top five for each of those regions?!  ;-)

Reply by luca chevalier, Aug 20, 2010.

If somebody is in need for help about italian classification or suggestion about were and who specially in the nord yust ask, i'm living here and it's my job...but tomorrow i'm leaving for egypt ...i'll be back  in two weeks Ciao

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Aug 20, 2010.

I'm gonna work on the top five, but coming up soon, in just a few weeks, and begining with France is that sort of regional coverage.

It's going to be wine 101 so it will be rather basic and certainly not comprehensive, but it's a start.

I've got my first wine 201 series lined up, a village by vilage look at 2006 barolo.

Wine 301 would be something along the lines of a vineyard by vineyard look, including the producer profiles like I've completed.  But that is not, yet, really in the cards!

Reply by dmcker, Aug 20, 2010.

I know you'll have trouble narrowing down a top 5 for Piemonte, but I'm particularly interested in the other regions.

I've been considering doing something similar to your 101/201/301 scheme over here for Sake, but I still have no idea when I'll have the time to start....

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