The 20 Best Wines from Italy (updated to 2021)
What are the best Italian red wines? Discover our ranking with photos, description and tasting of the 20 best Italian red wines most iconic and famous of the best wineries in Italy.
BEST RED WINES IN TUSCANY
To learn more, discover the best Italian red wines from Tuscany, from the classic denominations Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti Classico and Nobile di Montepulciano, Morellino di Scansano up to the famous Supertuscan wines and Bolgheri wines.
Brunello, Chianti Classico and Nobile
In Tuscany, among the famous and historic wineries of the best Italian red wines, we should mention the experience of Clemente Santi, founder of Biondi Santi and inventor of Brunello di Montalcino, with its historic 1888 vintage.
Subsequently, there were virtuous internationally renowned multi-award-winning interpreters including Soldera, Marroneto, Casanuova di Neri and many others, read more in the article dedicated to the best Brunello di Montalcino.
Among the best Italian red wines and historic Tuscan cellars, Barone Ricasoli cannot be missing, a symbol par excellence of the history of Chianti Classico, with a tradition dating back to the Middle Ages.
In any case, the excellences of Chianti Classico are innumerable, of great importance the experiences of Castello di Volpaia, Felsina, Castello di Monsanto, Brancaia, Castello di Ama, Lamole, Fonterutoli, Isole and Olena, Riecine, Monteraponi, Castello di Meleto, Istine, San Giusto a Rentennano. Find out more in the article dedicated to the best Chianti Classico.
Among the Sangiovese-based wines there is also one of the best and most historic Italian red wines, as well as the first Italian wine to be able to boast the prestigious DOCG: the Nobile di Montepulciano. Find out more in the article dedicated to the best producers of Nobile di Montepulciano.
Supertuscan, Bolgheri and International Varieties
Among the absolute protagonists of the best most famous Italian red wines in the world, Tenuta San Guido could not be missing, symbol of the enological renaissance of Tuscany and of Bolgheri with its famous wine: Sassicaia, which saw its first historic vintage of 1968.
Sassicaia, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc of Bordeaux inspiration, was created in Castagneto Carducci by Mario Incisa della Rocchetta flanked by the legendary oenologist Giacomo Tachis.
Find out more information on the best Bolgheri wines in the dedicated article.
Of great historical importance among the best Italian red wines is the Pergole Torte di Montevertine, born in 1977 and created thanks to the contribution of the genius loci of Sangiovese, Giulio Gambelli. A wine that boasts one of the most beautiful labels among Italian wines.
Memorable among the best Italian red wines are the pure Sangiovese Flaccianello di Fontodi and the historic Marchesi Antinori, pioneers of the famous Supertuscans: wines with a modern style of French inspiration and embellished with international vines.
These include Tignanello (born in 1970) and Ornellaia (1985), but without doubt also the majestic Merlot in purity ‘Masseto‘ (1986) by the Marchesi de ‘Frescobaldi, an iconic winery for thirty generations linked to the production of red wine in Tuscany.
The very successful supertuscan wines are countless, find out more in the article dedicated to the best supertuscan wines.
BEST RED WINES OF PIEDMONT: BARBARESCO AND BAROLO
Discover the best Italian red wines of Piedmont, with the famous Nebbiolo-based wines such as Barolo, Barbaresco.
Piedmont is certainly among the most important regions for the production of the best red wines in Italy. Among the best most famous Italian red wines of Piedmont, the wines of Giove Tonante of Italian enology, Angelo Gaja with his sensational Barbaresco Sorì San Lorenzo, born in 1867, cannot be missing.
Among the best Italian red wines, the sumptuous Barbaresco di Roagna, Giacosa and La Spinetta wines are also very successful.
But the excellences in the Barbaresco area are innumerable, the wines of Dosio, Bera, Castello di Neive, Montaribaldi, Tenute Cisa Asinari, Scarpa, Collina Serragrilli, Socrè, Dante Rivetti and many others are of great interest.
Barolo: Traditionalists and Modernists
Nebbiolo has given birth to some of the most appreciated wines in the world with the ‘King’ of Italian red wines: Barolo, (1835-1855) thanks to the impulse of Juliette Colbert and Cavour and their cellar masters at the Castle of Grinzane.
Starting from the mid-1980s Barolo experienced a harsh dichotomy between traditionalists and modernists, among the latter there were the famous revolutionaries Barolo Boys: Altare, Rivetti, Boschis, Voerzio and others.
The modernists began to adopt shorter vinification and refinement in barriques, giving light to more colorful wines, less tannic and with sweet spice aromas.
Among the best Barolo wines of the traditionalists, Barolo Bartolo Mascarello had a great media success, with its provocative 1996 cult label ‘No Barrique no Berlusconi‘. But there are many Barolo excellences that can be counted among the best Italian red wines.
Certainly to be mentioned among the best and most famous Italian red wines, the wines of Giacomo Conterno with his iconic Barolo Monfortino and Barolo Francia. The best Italian red wines produced with Barolo are countless, among these in addition to the already mentioned, the extraordinary wines of citric Rinaldi, but also the wines of Giacosa, Sandrone, Vajra, Palladino, Cappellano, Burlotto, Giuseppe Mascarello & Son, Renato Ratti.
Of great interest among the best Italian red wines are also the Barolo wines of the Marchesi di Barolo, Prunotto, Cavallotto, Ceretto, Pio Cesare, Vietti, Fenocchio, Ettore Germano, Michele Chiarlo, Schiavenza and many others.
Find out more about the best Barolo producers in the article dedicated to the best, most famous and best Barolo wines for value for money.
BEST RED WINES OF VENETO: AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA
Of extraordinary historical success among the best Italian red wines famous in the world, Amarone della Valpolicella could not be missing.
Amarone was codified in 1936 thanks to the impulse of the Cantina Sociale Valpolicella Negrar, followed by countless interpreters who have conquered the international scene.
Among the best Italian red wines, the most famous and iconic are dutifully worth mentioning the famous wines of Quintarelli, Romano dal Forno and Zýmē, Bertani. Of great international importance among the best red wines in Italy are the famous Amarone della Valpolicella di Masi, Tommasi, Tedeschi, Brunelli, Venturini.
The sensational wines of Allegrini, Zenato, Gerardo Cesari, Sartori, Tommaso Bussola, Secondo Marco and the artisanal wines of Monte dei Ragni should also be considered among the most famous and best Italian red wines of Amarone della Valpolicella.
To learn more, read the article dedicated to the best Amarone della Valpolicella.
BEST RED WINES FROM TRENTINO ALTO ADIGE
In South Tyrol, in the context of the best Italian red wines, Ludwig Barth von Barthenau‘s intuition was a luminary in importing Pinot Noir to the Mazon plateau, shortly after the second half of the 1800s.
Subsequently, Pinot Noir in Alto Adige gave life to some of the best Italian red wines thanks to the mastery of historical and award-winning interpreters such as Hofstatter, Franz Haas, Elena Walch, Girlan, Gottardi.
Among the best Italian red wines in Trentino Alto Adige, the wines produced with Pinot Noir, Lagrein and Schiava of the highest level social wineries such as Nals Malgreid, Cantina Terlano, Cantina Bolzano, San Michele Appiano, Cantina Toblino, Cantina Merano and many others are also interesting. .
Find out more in the articles dedicated to the best wineries in Trentino Alto Adige and the best Pinot Noirs in Trentino Alto Adige.
The very elegant Bordeaux blend of Tenute San Leonardo of the Marchesi Guerrieri Gonzaga is one of the best Italian red wines. To learn more, read the article dedicated to the best Italian Bordeaux blend.
BEST RED WINES OF CENTRAL ITALY
In Abruzzo in the context of the best Italian red wines, the experiences with the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo of the wines of Valentini, Marina Cvetic Masciarelli and Emidio Pepe are of great interest.
In Lazio among the best Italian red wines are famous interpretations of international vines such as Merlot, Cabernet and Syrah of the famous Casale del Giglio and Famiglia Cotarella companies, but also the excellent red wines of Tenuta di Fiorano and Ômina Romana to be taken into consideration.
Among the best red wines of Lazio, the territorial wines of Damiano Ciolli, Coletti Conti, De Sanctis, San Giovenale and Principe Pallavicini are also of great interest.