The 5 Most Popular Italian Wines That Everyone Needs To Know About

While Italy’s most popular wines might be surprising, they’re not difficult to understand once you know more about the region and history of each. These five wines are great as an introduction to Italian wine, but they also happen to be some of the most popular wines in the world. And don’t worry if you can’t pronounce their names—that’s what we’re here for! Read on to learn more about the most popular Italian wines everyone needs to know about and try your hand at pronouncing them yourself!


Sangiovese – The king of all Italian grapes, this is one you can’t miss.  If a wine label doesn’t say which grape variety is used, chances are the wine is made from a blend of different grape varieties and there’s a good chance some Sangiovese will be in the mix. 2) Dolcetto – Dolcetto shares many similarities with pinot noir including appearance and alcohol content but has more structure to its flavour profile thanks to its acidity.


The Nebbiolo grape is a special grape because the winemaker has complete control of the flavour. The wine can be made in different styles, from light and fruity, to big and tannic. It’s one of the five grapes used in making Barolo.


Known as the poor man’s Barolo, Barbera is a light, fruity wine with a delicate aroma. It has soft acidity with some tannins and can be served alongside hearty dishes like beef stew or pasta with tomato sauce. The colour is deep ruby red and the wine pairs well with grilled meat, venison and even pork.  You can find this wine in most grocery stores at an affordable price. A Montalcino made one of the best of Italy!

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Pinot Grigio

Pale straw in colour, Pinot Grigio is typically an easy-to-drink wine. It pairs well with fish and light dishes such as grilled chicken or pasta. Look for a youthful fruity nose, pear and apples, with a clean finish. Try the 2010 Chiarli Pino Grigio from the Piedmont region in Italy.  Crisp and refreshing, this Italian white has apple and citrus flavours with hints of lemon peel. If you are looking for something different, try the 2011 Fontanafredda Langhe Arneis from Piemonte. With its fresh fruit aromas like apricots, yellow plums and pears, this Italian white will satisfy any palate.


A deep and rich red colour, Chianti wine is made from Sangiovese grapes. Full-bodied and fruity, this wine goes best with hearty dishes like beef stew or a heaping plate of lasagne. It’s also perfect for pairing with a hearty dish like lamb shanks in red sauce or braised short ribs.