Of Italy’s many tempting wine regions, those devoted to producing its legendary crus are essential stops for oenophiles wanting to sample the marvels of a celebrated DOCG territory at the source. Brunello di Montalcino, which like its powerhouse counterpart in Piedmont, Barolo, has been dubbed the “king of wine” (although they rely on different gra...

If you’ve been to Tuscany, you had vin santo, the sweet, thick fragrant nectar often served with another Tuscan legend, cantucci cookies. To be fair, vin santo is typical of all regions of central Italy and some variants of it can be found also in the North-East of the country, especially in Trentino, where it’s produced with  Nosiola  grapes, and...

The heart of the borgo is the residence of the Scarampi Marquises, located next to the square in which the Auditorium Horszowski was built and where the Bell Tower and the two Confraternities of St. Elizabeth and St. Augustine stand. Nothing remains of the original castle of Monforte, documented in the 11th century. On the site of the previous cast...

Whether you may have heard the name Lazio or not, if you’ve been to Italy most likely you visited Rome, which is actually in the central region of Italy called Lazio.  Lazio is a region dominated by white wines by about 70% over reds that are primarily based on the Malvasia and Trebbiano white grapes.  In Lazio you’ll find a couple different types...

The late-ripening Aglianico grape is undoubtedly one of Italy’s great red varieties alongside Sangiovese and Nebbiolo. Often called “Barolo of the South,” this moniker only scratches the surface yet speaks to the variety’s ability to express finesse and pedigree from a multitude of unique vineyard sites. Some of the most exciting bottlings come fro...

Nestled in northwest Italy, between the foothills of the western Alps and Apennines, lies the country’s second largest region: Piedmont, or Piemonte, in Italian. Home to the House of Savoy, Italy’s ruling dynasty until 1946, it’s no surprise this area birthed the king of Italian wines. While Barolo reigns supreme, an array of indigenous grapes call...

Verona residents are missing the city's Vinitaly wine fair, cancelled for a second year due to the coronavirus crisis. Writer Richard Hough asks whether such events will remain important in Italy - and tries a digital tasting instead. As I suggested in my last column, wine is the lifeblood of Verona and the cancellation of the Vinitaly fair, for th...

Roman wines are just as palate-pleasing as the capital's signature foods. Here's a look at some wines produced in Lazio so that you can drink like a Roman when in Rome – or at home.  Lazio’s best wine comes from Frascati, a city and wine region around 20 miles southeast of Rome. It's best known for white wines produced from a mix of grape varieties...

Life in Italy has been turned upside down many times over the centuries, but the ancient landscapes never seem to change. In the UNESCO World Heritage area, Langhe Monferrato Roero (aka “Le Langhe”), in southern Piemonte, it seems the lush vineyards have been in place since the beginning of time.  But, the past here can be interrupted by the presen...

For our new video series with wine connoisseur Danilo Poggio, the first stop is in Barolo, Italy’s City of Wine for 2021. The Italian association of Città del Vino, with the support of the Italian Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, has officially chosen the charming village in the Langhe hills as an Italian wine ambassador. To celebrate this inc...