Southern Italian Wines
Italy is not only famous for the delicious food, but also for the delicious wines produced here. Generally the Northern Italian wines are sought after, but it might be time to discover some gems in the Southern Italy region. Usually Southern Italy is best known for handmade pasta, beautiful coast lines and stunning beaches. The quality of wine is not determined by the amount sold, but rather the taste, quality and experience. Think about ancient vineyards that have recently decided to bottle their own wines. Before this development, a lot of the wines from Southern Italy has been exported in large cartons to countries, like France.
When it comes to Southern Italian wines, you definitely have to be open minded. The only reason I say this, is because the taste is so distinctively different. The great news about this is that you get to experience so many different flavors and varieties you might never have. Southern wines does not taste like your normal prosecco. If I could, I would pursued you to try at least one of these wines and you might be surprised at all the deliciousness you’ve been missing out on.
Nativ Taurasi, 2011
Campania from the Naples region brings you a full bodied Anglianico wine, which has been called one of the South’s best wines. This wine has aged gracefully for a few years before it is sold to the public. Infused with plum, dark chocolate and blackberries, this is definitely easily paired a variety of meals.
Feudo Maccari Grillo, 2015
Grillo is a type of grape which was previously used as one of the ingredients in fortified Marsala wine. 25 years later and these grapes are finally used in a wine of its own. Would you ever imagine a wine to taste like a milder version of Scotch whiskey? Well keep that in mind and then add some apple flavor to it. My mouth is watering just typing this.
D’Angelo Sacravite, 2013
Some of the best wines have a taste that you can’t quite figure out. Every sip makes you think of some other ingredient they might have used. Cherries and dark plum definitely comes to mind when sipping on this delicious wine. Then you might get a hint of liquorice and marzipan, just to challenge your pallet. It’s a great wine to pair with piece of grilled steak.
Librandi Ciro Bianco, 2014
Greco Bianco grapes were planted by the Greeks in ancient times and has recently become one of the popular choices for delicious white wines. With hints of toasted nuts and herbs, this makes for a great summer wine. It is round and goes great with seafood and rich pasta meals. Produced in the Calabria coast, which has become famous for the great wines produced in the area.
Why are Southern Wines so popular now?
It all actually began in the 21st century, when passionate winemakers decided that the forgotten (ancient) grapes from their region could produce delicious wines. It started with high- quality red wines. Cold-fermenting technology came later, which did wonders for the white making process. Southern Italy never had a lack of wine, but most of it were consumed by locals. The vineyards have grown to over 110 quality estates. With the recent developments, winemakers can produce more and thus the popularity rose. The success of these wines came from quality winemakers willing to promote and export these wines to the rest of the world.
Best wine destinations in Southern Italy
If you ever have the opportunity to go on a wine tour in the South of Italy, you simply have to include these destinations.
Who does not see vineyards on volcanic slopes? This region is not only one of the best wine producers, but also one of the most interesting tourist destinations.
With a small population and surrounded by mountains, it is unbelievable that wines produced here are sold in large quantities in the United States. Vineyards from the sea all the way up the mountains is not just a pretty site for no reason.
Outside investors have insured that the winemakers can focus on high quality wines in this region. In the last 15 years, Puglia has definitely increased its sales abroad. Even though the quality has improved immensely, the price is still affordable for the average person.
When it comes to wine, it definitely is a taste of preference. Paying a hefty price for a bottle of wine does not ensure that you are going to love it. You might prefer a specific type of wine that does not cost a lot, but that is just your own individual taste. It’s all about experimenting with different flavors and tones. Once you find yours, purchasing wine becomes less complicating. If you love wine, I would encourage you to go to a wine tasting. There is so much to learn and discover. You might never know that you actually prefer a Merlot over a Cabernet Sauvignon, if you never tasted it. Cheers to some awesome new discoveries.