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Salute to the Wines of Italy

Italy, a country of icons — colliseums, leaning towers, gondoliers — occupies a special place in our imaginations. Italy’s wines are also iconic, noted by their well-defined, flavors and depth of character. They pour into the glass with more aplomb, swirl with more grace and deliver exquisite flavors with, dare we say, more passion and panache than other wines of the world.

Our Favorite Wines from Italy

Just as our wine buyer says, “You can’t go wrong if you order a bottle of Italian wine,” we knew we’d have great options to choose from. Check out which we’ve included among our favorites and meet a few of the winemakers by watching these  videos on our wine page. Here is Beppe DiAndrea introducing you to Ruffino's Orvieto Classico:

The Whites

Fresh aromas of cut flowers and citrus build anticipation for the sassy acidity and green apple flavor in Ruffino’s Orvieto Classico. A light sweetness and characteristic minerality create a wine perfectly paired with fruit plates and seafood.

Intriguingly perfumed with aromas of white fruit, flowers and steel, Caposaldo’s Pinot Grigio shows off with flavors of tart kiwi then moves to mellow honeydew notes. Crisp and crowd-pleasing, it’s lovely with Easter hams and prosciutto-wrapped anything.

Vivid with aromas of ripe pineapple and tangy apple, Banfi Principessa Gavia Gavi balances gracefully between juicy ripe pear notes and vibrant acidity. The minearality and delicate, clean finish shine with spicy or garlic-seared dishes.

The Reds

Very approachable and well-balanced, Monrosso Chianti shows aromas of tart cherry, cranberry and leather then moves to soft spicy flavors rich with fruit. A textbook Chianti with gentle tannins in the smooth finish, it pairs with big, festive gatherings and rich, robust dishes.

Donnafugata’s Sedára cascades with flavors of sun-dried cranberries, black olive, and peppercorn. Quintessentially Italian, this rich, deep, rustic Red is a perfect companion to savory foods and crusty artisan breads.

It’s no surprise a wine named Gran Passione Rosso would display such dense flavors of jammy red and black fruits, aromas ripe with blackberry and chocolate and a satisfyingly long finish. Hearty stews, bold cheeses and chocolate-covered strawberries are the best pairings here.

Complexity and elegance meet in Verrazzano’s Rosso. Enjoy youthful fresh fruits and violets on the nose, plum, promegranate and Tuscan herb flavors, and a long, graceful finish. Delicate flavors and sophisticated Italian dishes like handmade pasta and soft, pillowy gnocchi pair nicely.

The Effervescente

Refreshingly light-bodied, Presto Prosecco hits crisp, lively notes of apple, orange blossom and a touch of honey. Bright and bubbly, it’s the perfect brunch pairing.

There's more about the wines and their perfect pairings on our Wines from Italy page. Which ones are you most excited to try?


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Erin says …

You should include Montepulciano d'Abruzzo. It's an amazing Italian Red!!

Natdcat says …

Will you be hosting a wine tasting? If so is there a fee? And what time? Thank you.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@NATDCAT - We will be hosting a Twitter #WFMwine chat this Thursday, 3/13, from 7pm-8pm CST that we'd love for you to partake in just by following the #. Some of our stores also host wine tastings during this chat or other times. I would call your local store to see if they have anything specific planned or if they will offer tastings on these wines over the next few weeks.

Karen Guarino says …

Hi, Would any of the above wines be considered dry? Thanks.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@KAREN - The Caposaldo’s Pinot Grigio should be a nice dry option!

pete durant says …

I recently had a Monte Bernardi "Retromarcia 2010 Chianti" and really liked it. Do you carry it? If not, where might I find it? Thx PD

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@PETE - Our exact wine options will differ between stores. Call your local store directly to see what they have in stock!

Kelly Wilson says …

Any of the reds on sale vegan?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@KELLY - Since this post is a little bit older I would suggest reaching out to your local store to see if they still have these wines for sale. Sometimes with promotions we might run out of certain varieties. They will be happy to let you know if any of the options they have left in stock are vegan.

Mary Ann Crugnale says …

Hello, My family is from Abruzzo, Italy. I go every year send bring back Gran Conti montepulciano D'Abruzzo wine to share with my family here in the US. I bought a case at Whole Foods several months ago at the Clay Terrace Store in Carmel, Indiana. I would like to buy another case. Do you regularly stick it and how can I buy more? Many thanks, Mary Ann Crugnale

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@MARY ANN - Our wine selection will differ between stores. Check with your local store to find out if they stock this and if not, they might be able to special order it for you.

Judy says …

Do you stock a 2007 Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@JUDY - Our options will differ between stores. Check with your local store to find out if they have this in stock.

sandra says …

Hi, I'm trying to locate a wine purchased at Whole Foods about 2 weeks ago (it was on sale) - it's an Italian wine, with a white label, the name starts with a "B" - was a red wine, cost approx. $7-8 Thank you in advance for your time. -Sandra