Regarded as one of the premier countries for wine, Italy is home to 18 of the wines on our Best of the Year list. These bottlings come from every corner of the country: Sicily in the south; Tuscany in the center; and Piedmont and Friuli-Venezia Giulia in the country’s north.
From fruit-forward, crisp whites to full-bodied, deep reds, this list has you covered. Our top picks are all within their peak drinking window, too, so no need to save for later.
Abbazia di Novacella 2019 Praepositus Kerner (Alto Adige Valle Isarco); $21, Buy on Vivino. This gorgeous white opens with aromas of smoke, ripe yellow stone fruit, alpine herb and a hint… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW
Bucci 2019 (Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore); $26, Buy on Vivino. This gorgeous white opens with enticing aromas of Mediterranean herb, yellow spring flower… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW
Ca’ dei Zago 2020 Rifermentato in Bottiglia (Valdobbiadene Prosecco); $30. Refermented in bottle, this bone-dry, lightly sparkling wine offers enticing scents of citrus… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW
Castello dei Rampolla 2018 (Chianti Classico); $37, Buy on Vivino. Black-skinned fruit, new leather, tilled earth and blue flower aromas mingle with camphor on this fragrant… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW
Ettore Germano 2017 Extra Brut Sparkling (Alta Langa); $45, Buy on Vivino. All about creamy elegance and flavor, this gorgeous sparkler has enticing scents that recall field flowers, white… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW
Ferrari 2012 Perlé Nero Extra Brut Riserva Pinot Nero (Trento); $85, Buy on Vivino. Radiant, polished and utterly delicious, this divine sparkler hits all the right buttons. Made entirely… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW
Francesco Cirelli 2018 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo; $20, Buy on Vivino. Freshly pressed blackberries, cherries and cranberries take on earthy elements of crushed herbs and gravel in this… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW
Peter Zemmer 2020 Pinot Grigio (Alto Adige); $17, Buy on Vivino. Enticing scents of spring blossoms and summer orchard fruit waft out of the glass. On the polished, expressive… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW
Rivetto 2019 Vigna Lirano (Nebbiolo d’Alba); $30. Made with certified organic and biodynamic farming methods and vinified in terra-cotta amphorae, this luminous… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW
Surrau 2020 Branu (Vermentino di Gallura); $20, Buy on Vivino. This savory, enticing white will transport you to the seaside thanks to aromas that recall Mediterranean brush, white… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW
Tasca d’Almerita 2020 Tenuta Regaleali Leone White (Terre Siciliane); $20, Buy on Vivino. Heady aromas of citrus, yellow stone fruit and Mediterranean scrub are front and center in… SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW
Published: November 29, 2021