Lazio (~2% DOC production)
With Rome located in Lazio, wine production is relatively small. Still, refreshing and zesty Grechetto can be found here along with Malvasia, an aromatic rich sweet wine.
Sicily (~1% DOC production)
Try a red wine called Nero d’Avola.
Red wines from Sicily are dark, rich and fruit forward because of the warm climate. Nero d’Avola is an awesome red variety that’s worthy of nobility.
Sardinia (~1% DOC production)
You gotta try Cannonau and Vermentino.
At some point ampelographers discovered that Sardegna’s pride, Cannonau, is actually Grenache. In Sardegna (Sardinia), it tastes more rustic with dried fruit flavors. The wines from Sardegna (Sardinia) are highly aromatic and usually offered at a great value.
Campania (~0.5% DOC production)
Aglianico is a very high tannin and rustic red wine. Traditionally, it takes about 10 years of aging to be drinkable. Recently Aglianico wines have gained momentum as producers have figured out how to dial back Aglianico’s rugged meaty tannins. That said, there’s nothing more guttural than a 10 year-old traditional Taurasi. Also check out Greco, a refreshing white wine with a bitter almond finish.
Liguria (~0.2% DOC production)
A very beautiful region that was not famous for their wines. Fortunately, some delicious white wine blends have surfaced with a tingle of salinity from the sea air. Perfect seafood wine. There is also a crazy producer of sparkling wines that ages them in the bottom of the sea.
Calabria (~0.17% DOC production)
Greco is the white wine of choice in this region.
Molise (~0.1% DOC production)
Molise produces some interesting red wines.
Basilicata (~0.1% DOC production)
Awesome and intimidating Aglianico that is grown on the side of a Volcano.
Valle d’Aosta (~0.05% DOC production)
The smallest wine region in Italy, in the alps, producing some Pinot Noir rosé and two regional grapes, Petit Rouge (a red) and Petite Arvine (a white).
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- Fooled by a Sicilian, COS Nero di Lupo (wineramblings.wordpress.com)
- Wine Tasting – The Exciting Wines of Southern Italy (manoavino.com)
- 3 Italian Wines for Your Sunday Supper (graciesravioli.com)