Top Winery Picks from Central and Southern Italy
Central and southern Italy are home to marvelous wines perfect for any and every occasion. The regions which make up the bottom half of Italy are home to some of the best value wines available from one of the world's top winemaking countries. And that's without mentioning the fact that these wines are ultra-pairable with food. There's a lot of options to be found here, so we've narrowed down a few noteworthy estates to get to know.
Coming to you from star winemaker Rocco Pasetti, Contesa is Abruzzo winemaking at its finest. Contesa makes classic wines from popular local grapes like Pecorino and Montepulciano d'Abruzzo which are planted in south-east facing vineyards for optimal ripening. Pasetti and his team farm with an eye towards sustainability. No weed killers or pesticides in these vineyards. This combination of ideal vineyard positions, attention to detail, and sustainability make for incredibly flavourful, award-winning wines to enjoy year round.
Tenuta di Argiano
Anyone who loves the deep, seductive wines of Brunello di Montalcino needs to try Tenuta di Argiano. Established in 1879, Argiano has made a name for itself as one of the superstars of the region. While Brunello is its flagship wine, Tenuta di Argiano also offers stunning Rosso di Montalcino, as well as tasty Super Tuscan blends. Taking a more modern approach to Brunello, Argiano's wines are riper in style with silky tannins, allowing you to enjoy them without having to age your bottles for years.
Nativ's roots lie in the heart of Campania around the town of Irpinia. This winery was born out of a collaboration between world famous oenologist Dr Mario Ercolino and food scientist Dr Roberta Pirone. Nativ, as hinted at in its name, is dedicated to the local grapes of Campania. There's a real emphasis on terroir in these wines, which are made using traditional winemaking techniques. You'll find red, white, and rosé made at Nativ, including some gorgeous old vine wines. While all their wines are brilliant, Nativ's Aglianico wines are true masterpieces. Open a bottle and enjoy them with grilled meats or tomato-rich pasta sauces for the ultimate food and wine experience.
For everyday wines, it's hard to top the award-winning San Luigi. The family-owned winery behind this label makes wines across Tuscany, Abruzzo, and Puglia. These are exciting wines which deliver incredible flavour and ageability. Better still, they have fantastic versatility when it comes to food pairings. We're proud to say that this labour of love by winemaker Sabino Russo is our very own label and includes a wide range of classic Italian varietals like Sangiovese, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Negroamaro, and the luscious Primitivo which savvy wine lovers may know as Zinfandel.
Vitese is the organic line of Sicily's largest co-op, Colomba Bianca. Thanks to Sicily's warm, sunny climate and moderating winds, producing high-quality organic wine on the island is a breeze. The Vitese line up includes a winning combination of native Sicilian grapes like the delicate, fruity Cataratto and the tropical, citrusy Grillo as well as familiar international varieties like Merlot, Shiraz, Chardonnay, and more. Vitese is a must for anyone who is big on eating and drinking organically.
This is just a taste of what awaits you in Tuscany, Sicily, and everything in between. Whether you're a dedicated organic wine drinker, a fan of bold, powerful reds, or simply adore great wine, la Bella Italia has showstopping wines to suit your every mood and taste.