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NORTH TO SOUTH, EAST TO WEST, drive anywhere in Italy and what will you see? Vineyards. The country is home to dozens of wine regions and literally hundreds of native grape varieties; it produces nearly a fifth of the world's wine. So how do you navigate this abundance? Which wineries should be on your list? What can't-miss bottles should you seek out? Food & Wine has all the answers you need, with hard-earned advice on everything from how to order at a restaurant to the most exciting wine regions to visit now.
Juicy, intense Montepulciano
Wines: Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Rosso Conero. Go-to bottle: 2015 Cataldi Madonna Cerasuolo Montepulciano d'Abruzzo ($21).
Powerful, floral Nebbiolo
Wines: Barolo, Barbaresco, Roero, Ghemme, Carema, Langhe Nebbiolo. Go-to bottle: 2014 Michele Chiarlo Il Principe Langhe Nebbiolo ($20).
Tart, berry-scented Sangiovese
Wines: Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Morellino di Scansano. Go-to bottle: 2013 Boscarelli Vino Nobile di Montepulciano ($40).
"If you love homemade pasta just like your Italian grandmother used to make in the Old Country, you must go. It's dirt-cheap, too." —Harmon Skurnik, president, Skurnik Wines & Spirits, NYC
"This family-run restaurant's housemade ravioli with buffalo-milk mozzarella and killer desserts—and its amazing cellar—make it the highlight of any trip to Campania." —Shelley Lindgren, owner and wine director, A16 and SPQR, San Francisco
"Local winemakers love this tucked-away spot. It has an amazing list of Barolos and Barbarescos, as well as great food." —Jeff Porter, beverage director, Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group East Coast
A glass of red wine, please.
Un bicchiere di vino rosso, per favore.
(Oon bee-key-AIR-ray dee VEE-no ROW-so PEAR fah-VOR-ay.)
How's the house wine?
Com'è il vino della casa?
(Co-MAY ill VEE-no DEL-ah CAH-za?)
Another bottle, please?
Un'altra bottiglia, per favore?
(Oon ALL-tra bo-TEE-lia PEAR fah-VOR-ay?)
Hey, this wine is corked!
Ehi, questo vino sa di tappo!
(AY-ee, QUES-tow VEE-no saw dee TOP-po!)
I'll have what she's having.
Vorrei lo stesso.
(Vor-RAY low STEHS-so.)
Marco Felluga/Relais Russiz Superiore: The recently restored guesthouse looks out over the 247-acre Russiz Superiore estate in the rolling hills near Cormòns. You can see the cellars, bike through the vineyards or take horseback tours of the surrounding area. Doubles from $150; marcofelluga.it.
Regaleali: The Tasca d'Almerita family's 1,200-acre estate in central Sicily offers rooms at the beautifully remodeled 19th-century baglio, or farm villa. Meals are prepared by the family's personal chefs, using ingredients (cheese, honey, fruit and vegetables) from the estate, and the wines are among the best on the island. Doubles from $387; tascadalmerita.it.
Castell'in Villa: One of Chianti's most historic properties, dating back to the 1200s, offers luxurious rooms in a renovated 13th-century convent and a pool amid the vineyards. Rooms from $155; castellinvilla.com.
Last eruption: 40,000 years ago
2012 Re Manfredi Aglianico del Vulture ($35)
Last eruption: 1944
2013 Terradora di Paolo Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio Rosso ($22)
Last eruption: 2016
2014 Graci Etna Rosso ($24)
Prosecco's great—we get it. But there's more to Italian sparkling wine than bargain bubbles. Cutting-edge producers all over the country are making terrific bottles worth paying a little more for.
Italy's most elegant bubbly comes from this Lombardy wine region. Producers have borrowed more than a few tricks from Champagne, including some of the grapes being used: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Go-To Bottle: NV Ca' del Bosco Cuvée Prestige Brut ($45).
Forget the sweet, industrial fizz you might have seen in the US. Lambrusco, from the Emilia- Romagna region, has a long artisanal history. The best are dry and complex—not to mention red! Go-To Bottle: 2015 Vigneto Saetti Lambrusco Salamino di Santa Croce ($20).
The steep, cool vineyards of the Dolomites foothills, in Italy's far north Trentino region, are ideal for crisp, sparkling wines. Unlike Prosecco, Trento must be aged for a minimum of 15 months, which helps to add complexity. Go-To Bottle: NV Ferrari Brut ($28).
A surge in small, ambitious producers has made this wild, mountainous province one of the most compelling wine regions in Italy right now. Go-To Bottles: 2013 Marina Cvetic Trebbiano d'Abruzzo ($50), 2015 La Valentina Pecorino ($20), 2010 Illuminati Zanna Montepulciano d'Abruzzo ($40).
In Chianti's top subzone, the best local producers are leaning less on international grapes like Cabernet; instead, they're exploring earthy, vibrant Sangiovese in its purest form. Go-To Bottles: 2013 Monteraponi ($30), 2012 Monte Bernardi Riserva ($30), 2013 Fontodi ($38).
If you don't feel like blowing big bucks on Barolo, look farther north. The new-on-the-radar Alto Piemonte region, which includes Gattinara, Ghemme and Bramaterra, makes great Nebbiolo for a fraction of the price. Go-To Bottles: 2012 Vignaioli Boniperti Barton Fara ($32), 2010 La Prevostura Lessona ($48), 2012 Colombera & Garella Bramaterra ($36).
Col fondo: This style of Prosecco is aged on its lees (spent yeast left over following fermentation), and that sediment is still in the bottle—the name literally means with the bottom. The wines are earthier and more complex than standard fruity Prosecco.
Sulle bucce: White wines with these two words (the skins) on the label have been skin-macerated—made like a red wine to extract more color, aroma and texture. Friuli is home base for this trend, but producers from Trentino to Sicily are also making their own sulle bucce wines.
Amphora: Aging wine in these egg-shaped clay vessels, an ancient tradition, is all the rage among Italy's superorganic natural-wine producers. Once again, Friuli's winemakers are leading the way.
What It's Like: Citrusy white with herbal overtones
Winery Champion: Punta Crena
What It's Like: Fragrant, berry-scented, light-bodied red
Winery Champion: Comm. G.B. Burlotto
What It's Like: Deeply colored, tart red with black currant notes
Winery Champion: Tenute Rubino
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