Top 10 Italian Wines for under €10
I have made it my mission to find top Italian wines that cost under 10. For some reason, we have associated the cost of wine with the enjoyment thereof. Just because you paid $100 for a bottle of wine, does not necessarily mean that it is to your taste. I enjoy pairing wine with food as many of you might know and the price is not really something I focus on. If the wine tastes good and can be paired with the dish I have in mind, then I buy it.
In my quest to find good wines at affordable prices, I came across an interesting fact. Some believe that French wines are of a higher quality, compared to the wine produced in Italy. The truth is that the quality is on the same level, but the prices aren’t. Out of the 50 most expensive wines in the world, 38 are produced in France. Just because something costs more, does not necessarily mean it is of a higher quality. There are some expensive wines that I enjoy, but then there are those that cost less than $10 dollars and taste just as delicious, if not more. I have decided to share some of my favorite low budget Italian wines with you.
- Capezzana, Conti Contini Sangiovese Toscana 2005 – €9
The dark vine (Sangiovese) is usually synonymous when it comes to Tuscany’s red wines. This vine goes back for generations and is the core ingredient in some of Italy’s top wines. The slow ripening provides a stronger wine and is richer than those produced from earlier ripening vines. Having a wine that is 100% made from the Sangiovese blend provides a clean and fruity taste with a light spice tone. This wine is great for pairing with red meat or a vegetarian dish with legumes as the base.
- Monte degli Angeli, Monferrato Pinot Noir – 2007 – €9
A great wine to have with any dinner has to be Monderreto Pinot Noir. It’s medium bodied with a smoky and fruity undertone. There is a hint of cinnamon and plum sauce hidden in there, which softens the taste just a little. Even if you are not a red wine person, the taste of this wine is easy to get used to and enjoy.
- Feudo Arancio, Nero d’Avola – 2007 €9
When you are looking for an uncomplicated wine with medium intensity, this one might be a good option for you. It’s dry with fruity tones and a bitter finish that is not unpleasant. This is one of those wines where price does not determine taste. If compared to some of its more expensive counterparts, this wine does not make the competition easy.
- Bricco dei Tati, Barbera Piemonte – 2007 €7
Barbera wines are usually full bodied, but this one I would place more in the medium category. Besides the prune and cinnamon tones, you can also experience some earthy tones like mushroom, sage and leather. As sinful as it might be to pair a red wine with white meat, this works surprisingly well. If I had to guess, I’d say it has to do with the light fruity tones of blueberry and cherry.
- Cupcake Prosecco, Veneto – €8
Sparkling wines are fun and creates an atmosphere of celebration, even if there isn’t one. Just the name Cupcake Prosecco sounds delicious and it does not disappoint. It’s light and airy with an undeniable taste of cupcakes. The tones of citrus is prominent and although seen as a desert wine, it’s also great to sip on without any pairing.
- Antinori, Santa Christina Pinot Grigio – 2016 €8
Apples and citrus are the undertones that make up this beautiful bottle of Pinot Grigio. Sometimes you just need a good bottle of white wine to go with your seafood, white meat and pasta dishes. It’s a balanced wine that you would find is easy to drink. There is no heaviness to this wine and it a great option on a hot day.
- Barone Fini, Pinot Grigio Valdadige – 2016 €9.99
If you love juicy fruity flavors, this wine is going to become your best beverage. It is so light, but packed with flavour. With a long finish consisting of apples and lychees, this wine is great on its own and paired with light vegetarian dishes. There are some grapefruit and citrus tones on the nose with a very light minerality. It’s just one of those uncomplicated and delicious wines to enjoy.
- Cantina Frentana, ‘Frentano’ Trebbiano – 2015 $7
Founded in 1960, Frentano winery is one of the original wineries in Abruzzo. Cantina Frentana goes through a fermenting process in stainless steel tanks, which accentuates its fresh orchard flavors. Apple blossom and citrus are tones made in heaven and can be paired with pasta dishes and seafood. In fact, orzo pasta dish with shrimp would be a great option if you want to experience all the tones. With the many years behind this winery, we can be assured that there has been some thought that went into creating this delicious white wine.
- Castelvero, Contese Piemonte – 2016 €9.99
Just looking at this bottle of wine is stunning. The pale yellow color has hints of green with a white wrapping that just looks fresh and clean. A crisp and light wine with grapefruit tones would be another good option to pair with seafood or appetizers. If you are hosting a dinner party, you could make this your wine to pair with the starters.
- Cavit, Lunetta Rose Sparkling Wine
This option comes in 3 x 187 ml packs and is great for entertaining. Think about raspberries, apples and peaches. Some people believe that sparkling wines are not exactly wines, but it sure is fun to have. Invite some girlfriends and hand each of them their petite bottle of bubbly and you should have a fun time.
No matter what the occasion may be, there is just something special about opening a bottle of wine. It might be your reward for winning in the boardroom or simply in celebration of making it through a tough time. At the end of the day, even strangers can have a few things in common.