Italy, a treasure trove of wine diversity, presents a captivating array of regions and styles. In Tuscany, Sangiovese reigns supreme, giving rise to iconic wines like Brunello di Montalcino and Chianti Classico. Soldera Casse Basse, Biondi Santi, Casanova di Neri, Tignanello, and Castello di Ama are some of the esteemed producers crafting wines with elegant structures, earthy nuances, and vibrant acidity, capable of aging for decades.
On the volcanic slopes of Mount Etna in Sicily, Nerello Mascalese thrives, yielding refined and mineral-driven reds with a distinct volcanic character. Frank Cornelissen stands out where his wines are considered a true expression of the volcanic terroir of Mount Etna, continuing to push the boundaries of what can be achieved through minimal intervention winemaking.
In the Veneto region, renowned producers Dal Forno and Quintarelli create opulent, age-worthy expressions of Amarone and Valpolicella that exhibit concentrated flavors and velvety textures. Gravner in Friuli-Venezia Giulia pushes boundaries with their unique orange wines, fermented and aged in amphorae, providing a captivating glimpse into ancient winemaking techniques.
Lastly, Abruzzo shines with Valentini and Emidio Pepe, offering exquisite expressions of Montepulciano and Trebbiano d'Abruzzo. These wines are marked by incredible longevity and profound complexity, demonstrating the region's winemaking prowess.