Sud Top Wine is a wine competition dedicated to the best wines produced in Southern Italy, conceived by Cronachedigusto.it

The 2020 will be the second year where the competition is going to be open to southern Italian regions, beyond Sicily, such as Sardinia, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania and Apulia.

Find out the awarded wines of 2020 competition

Etna Doc Bianco
1st CLASSIFIEDEtna Doc Bianco Superiore Pietra Marina 2016 – Benanti
1st CLASSIFIED
Etna Doc Bianco Superiore Pietra Marina 2016 – Benanti
An iconic wine: it revealed to the entire world the value and potential of the white wine of this territory and capable to constantly maintain high quality. This vintage is surprising for both its elegance and richness in nuances. Drink from 2021 through 2032.

2nd CLASSIFIEDEtna Doc Bianco Millemetri 2015 – Feudo Cavaliere
2nd CLASSIFIED
Etna Doc Bianco Millemetri 2015 – Feudo Cavaliere
Vibrant, sharp and elegant, it perfectly expresses the character of Mount Etna. The notes of kerosene together with citrus fruits and hints of honey show an interesting aspect of Carricante grape. Drink now through 2027.

3nd CLASSIFIEDEtna Doc Bianco Superiore Contrada Villagrande 2017 – Barone di Villagrande
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Etna Doc Bianco Superiore Contrada Villagrande 2017 – Barone di Villagrande
Very fresh, savoury and pure in its aromatic expression, it is pleasant from now, while showing an evident ageing potential. To taste over the years. Drink from 2021 through 2031.
Etna Doc Rosso
1st CLASSIFIEDEtna Doc Rosso Contrada Sciaranuova V.V. 2017 – Tenuta Tascante – Tasca d’Almerita
1st CLASSIFIED
Etna Doc Rosso Contrada Sciaranuova V.V. 2017 – Tenuta Tascante – Tasca d’Almerita
A great red wine that expresses both power and intensity, being always elegant and never too bodied. The connection with the volcanic territory and soil is clear, showing in this particular wine a complexity able to develop throughout the years. Drink from 2022 through 2032.

2nd CLASSIFIEDEtna Doc Rosso Contrada Santo Spirito 466 2016 – Palmento Costanzo
2nd CLASSIFIED
Etna Doc Rosso Contrada Santo Spirito 466 2016 – Palmento Costanzo
The most complete one among the three red wines produced in the different particles of the vineyard in Contrada Santo Spirito. It is layered, complex and sharp thanks to its interesting progression and minerality. Drink now through 2028.

3nd CLASSIFIEDEtna Doc Rosso Contrada Pignatùni 2018 – Famiglia Statella
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Etna Doc Rosso Contrada Pignatùni 2018 – Famiglia Statella
A masterpiece from a very small Contrada produced by Calogero Statella, one of the most relevant winemaker on Etna. Even if the vintage 2018 wasn’t easy, this red wine is able to express elegance as well as intensity, though intriguing aromas. Drink now through 2028.
Sicilian red wines from Nero d’Avola (Sicilia Doc and other Doc)
1st CLASSIFIEDSicilia Doc Nero d’Avola Donnatà 2018 – Alessandro di Camporeale
1st CLASSIFIED
Sicilia Doc Nero d’Avola Donnatà 2018 – Alessandro di Camporeale
One of the surprises of the competition. A pleasing and immediate red wine that received the full appreciation of all for its aromas and flavours definition and the palate which is well articulated through the long finish. Drink now through 2023.

2nd CLASSIFIEDSicilia Doc Nero d’Avola Nero d’Altura 2017 – Tenute Lombardo
2nd CLASSIFIED
Sicilia Doc Nero d’Avola Nero d’Altura 2017 – Tenute Lombardo
It is a Nero d’Avola from the center of the island, able to match both structure and energy, being pleasing and very well balanced. Drink now through 2025.

3nd CLASSIFIEDSicilia Doc Nero d’Avola Insieme 2019 – Santa Tresa
3nd CLASSIFIED
Sicilia Doc Nero d’Avola Insieme 2019 – Santa Tresa
Red wine produced with no added sulphur, that makes natural expression its strength. For those who want to appreciate the grape variety and territory in a frank and direct way. Drink now through 2024.
Sicilia Doc Grillo and Sicilia Doc Catarratto
1st CLASSIFIEDSicilia Doc Grillo Grappoli del Grillo 2018 – Marco de Bartoli
1st CLASSIFIED
Sicilia Doc Grillo Grappoli del Grillo 2018 – Marco de Bartoli
It has always been one of the highest expressions of the category. Marine, salty, wide and layered, it shows all its Mediterranean character with a very particular charm. Drink now through 2028.

2nd CLASSIFIEDSicilia Doc Grillo Lalùci 2019 – Baglio del Cristo di Campobello
2nd CLASSIFIED
Sicilia Doc Grillo Lalùci 2019 – Baglio del Cristo di Campobello
Vibrant, very fresh, intense, floral, citrus and, year by year, it confirms its great quality. A secure choice by now. Drink now through 2025.

3nd CLASSIFIEDSicilia Doc Grillo Berlinghieri 2019 – Di Legàmi
3nd CLASSIFIED
Sicilia Doc Grillo Berlinghieri 2019 – Di Legàmi
It is a white wine from the western end of Sicily, that strikes for cleanness, aromatic precision and balance. It gives its best during meals where it is able to enhance the flavours, without dominating. Drink now through 2024.
Other Sicilia Doc and Docg red wines (different appellation – only wines produced with native grape variety, even blended wines)
1st CLASSIFIEDFaro Doc 2014 – Chiano Conti
1st CLASSIFIED
Faro Doc 2014 – Chiano Conti
It is one of the most pleasant surprises of this edition of the competition. It is a complex and layered red wine with a bold Mediterranean character, elegant on the nose and complete and intense on the palate. Drink now through 2024.

2nd CLASSIFIEDSicilia Doc Nerello Mascalese Alberelli di Giodo 2018 – Alberelli di Giodo
2nd CLASSIFIED
Sicilia Doc Nerello Mascalese Alberelli di Giodo 2018 – Alberelli di Giodo
The result of the project on Etna by the winemaker Carlo Ferrini, the wine shows all the appeal of the volcanic terroir with a complex mix of freshness, dynamism and intensity. Drink now through 2028.

3nd CLASSIFIEDSicilia Doc Rosso Pietre a Purtedda da Ginestra 2017 – Centopassi
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Sicilia Doc Rosso Pietre a Purtedda da Ginestra 2017 – Centopassi
It is a new blend of Nerello Mascalese and Nocera from a vineyard situated on the territory of Monreale, at 950 metres above sea level. It stands out for the freshness and elegance of its scents leading up a vertical sip, characterized by pleasantness and drinkability. Drink now through 2032 .
Other Sicilia Doc white wines (different appellation – wines produced only with native grape varieties, even blended wines)
1st CLASSIFIEDSiracusa Doc Bianco Cyane 2019 – Pupillo
1st CLASSIFIED
Siracusa Doc Bianco Cyane 2019 – Pupillo
A dry wine produced with Moscato Bianco grapes by the winery that has always believed in this grape variety, significantly contributing to the revival of the Moscato of Siracusa. Its intense but also elegant aroma, as well as its freshness and a hint of salinity, give us a very intriguing sip. Drink now through 2027.

2nd CLASSIFIEDPantelleria Doc Bianco Pietra Nera 2019 – Marco De Bartoli
2nd CLASSIFIED
Pantelleria Doc Bianco Pietra Nera 2019 – Marco De Bartoli
Like other products by Marco De Bartoli, also this one represents a piece of story, being the first dry white wine produced with Zibibbo grapes in the island of Pantelleria. It stands out for its marked territoriality: drink it means enjoying with Mediterranean aromas and flavours. Drink now through 2028.

3nd CLASSIFIEDPantelleria Doc Bianco Isesi 2018 – Cantine Pellegrino
3nd CLASSIFIED
Pantelleria Doc Bianco Isesi 2018 – Cantine Pellegrino
Produced by bush vines, situated at 300 meters above sea level, on the volcanic soil of the island of Pantelleria. It is rich and persistent, with a fresh, citrus and well balanced profile. Drink now through 2023.
Taurasi Docg
1st CLASSIFIEDTaurasi Docg Renonno 2014 – Salvatore Molettieri
1st CLASSIFIED
Taurasi Docg Renonno 2014 – Salvatore Molettieri
Powerful, precise and peremptory, it represents a great expression of the Aglianico grape. Its high acidity, the quality of tannins and its perfect texture that already shows its balance, herald a very long ageing potential. Drink from 2022 through 2032.

2nd CLASSIFIEDTaurasi Docg Santa Vara 2009 – La Molara
2nd CLASSIFIED
Taurasi Docg Santa Vara 2009 – La Molara
After more than 10 years from the harvest, it shows a good maturity enhanced by dark fruits aromas, the spicy character, the acidity, the balsamic aromas, the hints of leather as well as by an intense and enveloping sip. Drink now through 2025.

3nd CLASSIFIEDTaurasi Docg Riserva La Loggia del Cavaliere 2013 – Tenuta Cavalier Pepe
3nd CLASSIFIED
Taurasi Docg Riserva La Loggia del Cavaliere 2013 – Tenuta Cavalier Pepe
It is a Taurasi with a strong personality, characterized by balsamic flavours with juniper in evidence. On the palate it is full-bodied, soft, balanced and very long. Drink now through 2028.
Greco di Tufo Docg
1st CLASSIFIEDGreco di Tufo Docg 2018 – Cantine Terranera
1st CLASSIFIED
Greco di Tufo Docg 2018 – Cantine Terranera
Clean, precise and typical, it expresses itself through stone fruits, almond and sulphury notes. Fresh, linear and well balanced on the palate, it confirms its mineral character. Drink now through 2025.

2nd CLASSIFIEDGreco di Tufo Docg Vigna Laure 2018 – Cantine di Marzo
2nd CLASSIFIED
Greco di Tufo Docg Vigna Laure 2018 – Cantine di Marzo
It is one of the three single-vineyard wines produced by the winery symbol of the history of Tufo, with its wine and sulphur mines. Character, intensity and consistency determine a white wine definitely to taste. Drink now through 2030.

3nd CLASSIFIEDGreco di Tufo Docg 2019 – Historia Antiqua
3nd CLASSIFIED
Greco di Tufo Docg 2019 – Historia Antiqua
It is a very pleasant white wine that stands out for its fruit notes of apple, and white peach, before a fresh, sharp and savoury sip. Great drinkability. Drink now through 2028.
Fiano di Avellino Docg
1st CLASSIFIEDFiano di Avellino Docg 2019 – Terre d’Aione
1st CLASSIFIED
Fiano di Avellino Docg 2019 – Terre d’Aione
It definitely is a complete and territorial expression of the category. A bouquet of aromas between stone fruits and an elegant floral note, before a fresh, sharp and very long mouthfeel able to transmit great energy. Drink now through 2029.

2nd CLASSIFIEDFiano di Avellino Docg 2019 – Di Meo
2nd CLASSIFIED
Fiano di Avellino Docg 2019 – Di Meo
Composed, delicate and balanced make, by now, an easy to drink white wine, thanks to the evident freshness which dominates the palate from start to finish, giving energy to the aromatic richness. Drink now through 2027.

3nd CLASSIFIEDFiano di Avellino Docg Contrada Sant’Aniello 2016 – Vigne Guadagno
3nd CLASSIFIED
Fiano di Avellino Docg Contrada Sant’Aniello 2016 – Vigne Guadagno
For those who love the scents of the mature Fiano grapes, it presents intriguing smoky notes that, blending together with ripe stone fruit, give us a very interesting aromatic profile followed by a soft, incisive and persistent palate. Drink now through 2027.
Aglianico del Vulture Doc and Aglianico del Vulture Superiore Docg
1st CLASSIFIEDAglianico del Vulture Superiore Docg Serpara 2016 – Re Manfredi
1st CLASSIFIED
Aglianico del Vulture Superiore Docg Serpara 2016 – Re Manfredi
It is a dark red wine, in colour and fruit, that shows a great strength with an evident acidity and robust, thick and velvety tannins. The perfect texture and balance determine a great wine able to evolve throughout years. Drink now through 2030.

2nd CLASSIFIEDAglianico del Vulture Doc Titolo by Amphora 2017 – Elena Fucci
2nd CLASSIFIED
Aglianico del Vulture Doc Titolo by Amphora 2017 – Elena Fucci
It is the first vintage one of the wines symbol of the category has been aged in amphorae. It is vibrant, acid, structured as well as sharp at the same time, with a long and extremely mineral finish. Smooth and round tannins. Drink now through 2030.

3nd CLASSIFIEDAglianico del Vulture Doc Donato D’Angelo 2017 – Donato D’Angelo
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Aglianico del Vulture Doc Donato D’Angelo 2017 – Donato D’Angelo
An Aglianico wine that makes the elegance and the balance of the different components its strength. It is pleasant, offering the right intensity without being excessive. Drink now through 2027.
Cirò Doc Rosso
1st CLASSIFIEDCirò Doc Rosso Classico Superiore Riserva Duca Sanfelice 2017 – Librandi
1st CLASSIFIED
Cirò Doc Rosso Classico Superiore Riserva Duca Sanfelice 2017 – Librandi
For several years now, it is one of the most successful label of the category. Ripe red fruits notes, liquorice, Mediterranean and citrus hints before a round and harmonic sip that shows pleasantness and drinkability. Drink now through 2025.

2nd CLASSIFIEDCirò Doc Rosso Classico Superiore Riserva Colli del Mancuso 2017 – Ippolito 1845
2nd CLASSIFIED
Cirò Doc Rosso Classico Superiore Riserva Colli del Mancuso 2017 – Ippolito 1845
A prestigious single vineyard wine produced by an historical winery. It is characterized by intense aromas of prune, sour cherry and spices, as well as an intense, soft and enveloping taste. Drink now through 2025.

3nd CLASSIFIEDCirò Doc Rosso Classico Superiore Riserva 2017 – Caparra & Siciliani
3nd CLASSIFIED
Cirò Doc Rosso Classico Superiore Riserva 2017 – Caparra & Siciliani
A traditional Cirò wine. It offers red and dark fruit aromas, earthy notes that remind the underbrush as well as a palate between the initial freshness and a non-invasive robust tannin. Drink now through 2023.
Red wines of Puglia from Primitivo grapes
1st CLASSIFIEDGioia del Colle Primitivo Doc Chakra 2018 – Giovanni Aiello
1st CLASSIFIED
Gioia del Colle Primitivo Doc Chakra 2018 – Giovanni Aiello
It is a red wine that year by year surprises us more and more. Fragrant, rich and precise on the palate, it is a perfect combination of freshness, balance and incisiveness. It very well represents the elegant face of Primitivo grape. Drink now through 2028.

2nd CLASSIFIEDSalento Igt Primitivo ES 2018 – Gianfranco Fino
2nd CLASSIFIED
Salento Igt Primitivo ES 2018 – Gianfranco Fino
Known and appreciated everywhere, it is now one of the iconic wines of the entire region. Depth, complexity, and great energy are constantly there during the vintages. Also this one will give us, for several years, a sensorial experience of undisputed value. Drink now through 2028.

3nd CLASSIFIEDSalento Igt Primitivo Per Lui 2016 – Leone de Castris
3nd CLASSIFIED
Salento Igt Primitivo Per Lui 2016 – Leone de Castris
Very deep in colour, with very ripe fruit notes and hints of chocolate precede an opulent and balanced palate, characterized by a very long persistence. Well controlled powerful. Drink now through 2025.
Red wines of Puglia from Negramaro grapes
1st CLASSIFIEDSalice Salentino Dop Salice 2016 – Varvaglione 1921
1st CLASSIFIED
Salice Salentino Dop Salice 2016 – Varvaglione 1921
A bouquet of intense fruit, sweet spices, chocolate and coffee notes characterizes an intriguing nose. A fulfilling, consistent and long sip follows, perfectly corresponding with the smell. The sun of Puglia in the bottle. Drink now through 2025.

2nd CLASSIFIEDLizzano Dop Negroamaro Superiore Anima di Negroamaro 2017 – Tenute Emèra
2nd CLASSIFIED
Lizzano Dop Negroamaro Superiore Anima di Negroamaro 2017 – Tenute Emèra
It definitely is a well done red wine that stands out for its small dark fruits and balsamic notes as well as a savoury, layered, complete and harmonic palate. Quality and territory at a very affordable price. Drink now through 2024.

3nd CLASSIFIEDSalice Salentino Dop Riserva Cantalupi 2017 – Conti Zecca
3nd CLASSIFIED
Salice Salentino Dop Riserva Cantalupi 2017 – Conti Zecca
Successful label from one of the most ancient winery of the Salento area. It expresses an intriguing mix of aromas and flavours involving the senses, giving warmth, intensity and harmony. Drink now through 2025.
White wines of Sardinia from Vermentino grapes
1st CLASSIFIEDVermentino di Gallura Docg Superiore Maìa 2019 – Siddùra
1st CLASSIFIED
Vermentino di Gallura Docg Superiore Maìa 2019 – Siddùra
It comes from Luogosanto, a territory in which the Vermentino grapes grow very well giving wines with particular aromatic intensity. Yellow stone fruits, Mediterranean and citrus notes, characterize a seductive bouquet followed by a fresh, full, salty, and long sip. Definitely to try. Drink now through 2025.

2nd CLASSIFIEDIsola dei Nuraghi Igt Santigaìni 2016 – Capichera
2nd CLASSIFIED
Isola dei Nuraghi Igt Santigaìni 2016 – Capichera
Single-vineyard wine from Capichera, produced with grapes coming from Coddhu Ecchju vineyard. It is floral, honeyed, citrus and delicately aromatic. On the palate, it shows freshness, sharpness, and an elegant minerality. A great Vermentino destined to last in time. Drink now through 2023.

3nd CLASSIFIEDVermentino di Sardegna Doc VRM 2016 – Quartomoro di Sardegna
3nd CLASSIFIED
Vermentino di Sardegna Doc VRM 2016 – Quartomoro di Sardegna
Typicity, adherence to terroir and balance make this wine a great example of the distinctive Mediterranean characteristics of Sardinia. It will be able to seduce you with its aromas and authentic flavour. Drink now through 2023.
Red wines of Sardinia from Cannonau grapes
1st CLASSIFIEDCannonau di Sardegna Doc Nepente di Oliena Riserva Pro Vois 2015 – Fratelli Puddu
1st CLASSIFIED
Cannonau di Sardegna Doc Nepente di Oliena Riserva Pro Vois 2015 – Fratelli Puddu
The strength of the territory and the skilful work of the producer, give us this great expression of Cannonau. It is a powerful, complex, Mediterranean and spicy red wine that evolves in the glass, giving us unique sensations sip by sip. Drink now through 2030.

2nd CLASSIFIEDCannonau di Sardegna Doc Riserva Ballu Tundu 2015 – Giuseppe Sedilesu
2nd CLASSIFIED
Cannonau di Sardegna Doc Riserva Ballu Tundu 2015 – Giuseppe Sedilesu
It is the Cannonau of Mamoiada, one of the terroir where this grape variety constantly gives great results. Structured and enveloping, it transmits its energy with a thousand facets peremptory sip. Drink now through 2030.

3nd CLASSIFIEDCannonau di Sardegna Doc Mamaioa 2018 – Contini
3nd CLASSIFIED
Cannonau di Sardegna Doc Mamaioa 2018 – Contini
It is a surprising red wine with a great value for money. Red fruits, floral notes, Mediterranean maquis and a delicate spiciness are followed by a full-bodied, wide and persistent palate. Drink now through 2026.
Rosé wines (all the appellation of Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Puglia and Sicily)
1st CLASSIFIEDSalento Igp Rosato Cantalupi 2019 – Conti Zecca
1st CLASSIFIED
Salento Igp Rosato Cantalupi 2019 – Conti Zecca
The warm character, the fragrance of red fruit, the great freshness, and a slight sapidity are the elements that make this rosé wine irresistible. Complete and flexible, it is suitable for every moment of the day and to an uncountable number of matching. A very successful wine. Drink now through 2022.

2nd CLASSIFIEDEtna Doc Rosato Millemetri 2016 – Feudo Cavaliere
2nd CLASSIFIED
Etna Doc Rosato Millemetri 2016 – Feudo Cavaliere
A unique rosé wine, out of the box, with interesting ageing potential. Produced from a vineyard situated at 1000 meter above sea level on the south-west slope of Mount Etna, it shows a sharp profile typical of a mountain wine, with a vivid freshness and an incisive minerality. Drink now through 2024.

3nd CLASSIFIEDTerre Siciliane Igt Rosato Radici 2018 – Barone Beneventano della Corte
3nd CLASSIFIED
Terre Siciliane Igt Rosato Radici 2018 – Barone Beneventano della Corte
From the south-east slope of the Mount Etna, a rosé wine characterized by the floral and fruity profile and a lithe, dynamic, salty, and long mouthfeel. Drink now through 2022.

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