SOUTHERN ITALIAN GEMS

 

For 4,000 years, Southern Italy has been producing wine. While the business was booming in the Greek and Roman era, modern-day production has declined; much of the wine produced in the Southern region is exported to other European countries as blending wine. Overall, the Southern Italian wine region does not produce as much wine in quantity or quality as the other regions.

Still, production and quality has become a new priority. More and more Southern Italian wine regions are making terrific wines that are affordable and even available in the U.S.

Red wine dominates wine production in the Southern wine-making regions and a variety of grape types are used.

 

$23 DU CROPIO "Serra sanguigna" calabria rosso '14 (calabria)

Serra Sanguigna is the name of a prime zone in the interior of the Ciro appellation that is not only particularly beautiful but is responsible for producing classic wines of the appellation. The “Serra Sanguigna” is generally composed of 70% Gaglioppo, 15% Malvasia Nera and 15% Greco Nero. It is the most rustic wine of the estate marked by a powerful plum-infused fruit, robust in weight, deep ruby in color and surprisingly lithe on the palate.

$11 nausica NERO D'AVOLA '15 (SICILY)

A light dry red wine from the nero d'avola grape cultivated in the south of Sicily. This wine has an intense flavor of cherry and wild fruits. Warm, medium bodied, with great texture and soft tannins. Great with pasta, all types of red meats, and light enough for fish dishes.

$25 valenti etna rosso norma '13 (sicily)

$15 CANTINA IL NURAGHE MOGORO, VERMENTINO DI SARDEGNA, LE GIARE '16 (SARDINIA)

Delicate and elegant, with nuances ranging from white fruit to aromatic herbs, including rosemary and thyme. The palate is soft, fruity and lively. It a good wine; enjoyable and easy to drink.

$20 CANTINA IL NURAGHE MOGORO, CANNONAU DI SARDEGNA, NERO SARDO '15 (SARDINIA)

$19 CANTINE DI MARZO, IRPINIA AGLIANICO '15 (CAMPANIA)

$ 10 TRATTURI PRIMITIVO '16 (PUGLIA)

$ 23 TORREVENTO "VIGNA PEDALE" RISERVA '12 CASTEL DEL MONTE, (PUGLIA)

Awarded the “3 Bicchieri” (3 Glasses) prize by Gambero Rosso for eight consecutive years, this wine is obtained from single-variety vinification of Nero di Troia grapes cultivated in Contrada Pedale. It presents a splendid and intense ruby colour and full bouquet, with hints of red berries. Aged in large barrels for 14 months.

$12 MOLINO-A-VENTO NERELLO MASCALESE, (SICILY) '15

$18 LUNA ARGENTA NEGROAMARO/PRIMITIVO, (PUGLIA) '16

In 1991, three oenologists, Alfeo Martini, Roger Gabb and Christoph Mack, joined forces with a small group of international winemakers from different continents to establish a new way of looking at, producing and marketing Italian quality wine. Today, the production process at MGM Mondo del Vino is still closely followed by oenologists and biologists: this team works with expertise and professionalism by controlling every stage of vine growing, wine-making, ageing, bottling, and quality control. Their mission is to produce quality wines that ultimately make specific wine drinkers happy-LIKE US!