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.
$25 TERRA DEI RE AGLIANICO DEL VULTURE ‘14 (CAMPANIA)
$22 TERRA DEI RE “CLARIS” MALVASIA BIACO ‘18 (BASILICATA)
$24 SAN SALVATORE PAESTUM AGLIANICO CERASO ‘17 (CAMPANIA)
$20 SAN SALVATORE PALINURO PAESTUM BIANCO ‘16 (CAMPANIA)
Equal parts Fiano/Greco and Falanghina
$17 ARGIOLAS COSTERA, CANNONAU DI SARDEGNA, '16 (SARDINIA)
$10 TRATTURI PRIMITIVO '17 (PUGLIA)
Tratturi Primitivo di Salento is a fresh, unoaked red with lively notes of ripe berries and fresh flowers on both the nose and palate. Berry fruit, damp earth, roasted herbs and a touch of licorice and some barbecue smoke come through, followed by a balancing spiciness that lingers through the delicate finish.
$10 IPPOLITO NERO D’AVOLA ‘16 (SICILY)
$12 DI GIOVANNA NERO D’AVOLA “RISERVA NATURALE” ‘16 (SICILY) ORGANIC
“along with Planeta, one of Sicily’s finest estates” Chris G.
$25 WEIGNER “TRETERRE” ETNA ROSSO ’14 (SICILY)
$25 WEIGNER “RAMPANTE” ETNA BIANCO ‘17 (SICILY)
$10 SIROCCO NEGROAMARO/PRIMITIVO ‘17 (PUGLIA)
Might be the buy of the year!
$12 MOLINO-A-VENTO NERELLO MASCALESE (ORGANIC)'17 (SICILY)
$15 LUNA ARGENTA NEGROAMARO/PRIMITIVO, (PUGLIA) '17
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!