The awarded wines of 2021 competition

Etna Doc Bianco
1° PlaceEtna Doc Bianco a’ Puddara 2019 - Tenuta di Fessina
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Etna Doc Bianco a’ Puddara 2019 - Tenuta di Fessina
A real mountain white wine, which is vibrant and vertical thanks to its lively acidity and a distinct/strong vulcanic minerality. It is considered one of the iconic white wines of the Volcano. Tenuta di Fessina was founded by the entrepreneur Silvia Maestrelli, pioneer among the new producers of Etna; she gave a major contribution to the development of the territory. Drink now through 2021. Starting from € 40,00

WinnerEtna Doc Bianco Trainara 2019 - Generazione Alessandro
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Etna Doc Bianco Trainara 2019 - Generazione Alessandro
Produced with grapes coming from a vineyard situated in Contrada Piano Filici in Castiglione di Sicilia, on the northern slope of Mount Etna. An elegant bouquet of yellow flowers and green apple is followed by a fresh and vertical sip with a citrus finish. Generazione Alessandro is the Etna project of the three cousins Benedetto, Anna and Benedetto, last generation of the Benedetto family, famous for its wines produced in Camporeale. Drink now through 2026. Starting from € 19,00

WinnerEtna Doc Bianco Enrico IV Contrada Santo Spirito 2018 - Valenti
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Etna Doc Bianco Enrico IV Contrada Santo Spirito 2018 - Valenti
From Carricante grapes cultivated in the homonymous contrada of Passopisciaro, in Castiglione di Sicilia. Floral, fruity and with pleasantly citrus notes, it stands out for a palate played between flavor intensity and sapidity. Valenti is a winery having vineyards in six different “contrade” on the Eastern slope of Mount Etna. Drink now through 2024. Starting from € 18,00
Etna Doc Rosso

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Etna Doc Rosso Passorosso 2019 Passopisciaro Vini Franchetti
It is the iconic label of the winery, produced since the beginning. From Nerello Mascalese grapes coming from five different contrade of the northern slope of the Volcano, it represents a perfect combination of territory and vintage. Emblematic for its typicality and quality. 
With his vision and his valuable contribution, Andrea Frachetti was one of the fathers of the rebirth of the Etna wines. Today his winery is among the most appreciated and famous in the world. 
Drink now through 2030
Starting from € 27,00

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Etna Doc Rosso 2016
Irene Badalà
The grapes this wine comes from are the ones of contrada Santo Spirito vineyard (in Passopisciaro, northern slope of Etna). It shows the balance between an exceptional vintage like the 2016 and careful attention in both vineyard and winery. The elegance of aromas and the quality of tannins represents their strengths. 
Irene Badalà is a small family winery based on vineyards handed down for generations.
Drink now through 2025
Starting from € 20,00

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Etna Doc Rosso Regalis 2014
Re Ruggero
A little-known but really good wine. Surprising. From Nerello Mascalese grapes cultivated in Biancavilla, in the western slope of the Volcano. It stands out for its ripe fruit flavours and spices, as well as smoothness and persistence.
Re Ruggero is located in the southern slope of Mount Etna and it is involved in producing wine, extra virgin olive oil as well as citrus cultivation.
Drink now through 2024
Starting from € 13,00

Sicilian red wines from Nero d’Avola grape (Sicilia Doc and other Doc)

1°  Place
Sicilia Doc Cembali 2016
Baglio di Pianetto
The typical Nero d’Avola wine from the extreme south of Sicily. Vineyards belong to the Baroni Estate in Noto. It presents an intense, powerful and warm character, with ripe fruit flavours and spices notes as well as a rich and persistent sip. 
Baglio di Pianetto is the Sicilian winery of Marzotto Family. It is composed of two estates, the first one situated in Santa Cristina Gela, in the hinterland of Palermo, and the second one in Val di Noto. 
Drink now through 2026
Starting from € 21,00

Winner
Sicilia Doc 16 Filari 2019
Case Alte
Produced with grapes cultivated at 500 meters above sea level in the hilly area of Camporeale, in the province of Palermo. It is characterized by intense red fruit scents and the successful combination of freshness, smoothness and gustative intensity.
Case Alte is managed by Giuseppe Vaccaro together with his son Calogero. They both, heirs of a long viticulture tradition, have recently decided to launch a modern winery focused on quality.
Drink now through 2027
Starting from € 18,00

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Monreale Doc Vuarìa 2015
Feudo Disisa
This Nero d’Avola wine, produced in the hinterland of Monreale in the province of Palermo, gives us red fruit scents, with cherry and strawberry in evidence, as well as a structured, long and ample sip.
Feudo Disisa is owned by the Di Lorenzo family, holder of these vineyards for over a century.
Here you can find both native and international grape varieties.
Drink now through 2023
Starting from € 22,00

Sicilia Doc Grillo and Sicilia Doc Catarratto
1° PlaceSicilia Doc Grillo Mozia 2020 - Tasca d’Almerita
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Sicilia Doc Grillo Mozia 2020 - Tasca d’Almerita
This wine is the result of a small vineyard on the island of Mozia, the ancient Phoenician colony located in front of the Marsala coast. A floral, citrus, marine white wine that gives us a fresh, agile and savoury sip. Tasca d’Almerita is one of the iconic names of the Sicily of wine. The company, since its foundation, has made history and trends with its products. Drink now through 2028. Starting from € 20.00

WinnerSicilia Doc Grillo Lalùci 2020 - Baglio del Cristo di Campobello
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Sicilia Doc Grillo Lalùci 2020 - Baglio del Cristo di Campobello
Intense aromas of exotic fruit, citrus and herbal notes, great freshness, agility and a long salty trail characterize this white wine, constantly among the most appreciated wine by enthusiasts. Baglio del Cristo di Campobello is a winery located in the southern side of the province of Agrigento which in a short time, burning milestones, has reached an important place among Sicilian producers. Drink now through 2028. Starting from € 15.00

WinnerSicilia Doc Grillo 204 N 2020 - Salvatore Tamburello
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Sicilia Doc Grillo 204 N 2020 - Salvatore Tamburello
A particular white wine, unfiltered, uncleared and unstabilized. It smells of yellow pulp fruit and orange blossom, while on the palate it has a certain pulpiness that is streamlined by the good freshness. Salvatore Tamburello, engaged in the wine industry for a few years, produces its organic wines in Poggioreale, in the Valle del Belice. Drink now through 2025. Starting from € 15.00
Other Sicilian red wines Docg, Doc and Igt (only wines produced with native grape varieties, even blended wines)
1° PlaceTerre Siciliane Igp Schietto Nero d’Avola 2014 - Dei Principi di Spadafora
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Terre Siciliane Igp Schietto Nero d’Avola 2014 - Dei Principi di Spadafora
Freshness, intensity and energy for a great Nero d’Avola wine that represents the pure expression of the territory of origin. Finesse and clarity of aromas are followed by a sip as incisive as it is pleasant. Prince Francesco Spadafora and his daughter Enrica cultivate their vineyards organically with great commitment in Contrada Virzì, in the territory of Monreale. Drink now through 2030. Starting from € 25.00

WinnerSicilia Contea di Sclafani Doc Rosso Riserva Riserva del Conte 2016 - Tasca d’Almerita
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Sicilia Contea di Sclafani Doc Rosso Riserva Riserva del Conte 2016 - Tasca d’Almerita
A bottle that summarizes the history of a company and a family. It is a blend of Perricone (60%) and Nero d’Avola (40%) grapes from the San Lucio vineyard of the Regaleali estate. Its strength and great integrity let us imagine a long evolution. Tasca d’Almerita is one of the iconic names of the Sicily of wine. The company, since its foundation, has made history and trends with its products. Drink now through 2031. Starting from € 125.00

WinnerFaro Doc Oblì 2016 - Tenuta Enza La Fauci
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Faro Doc Oblì 2016 - Tenuta Enza La Fauci
It is the wine of the city of Messina, produced from a strip of land overlooking the sea and is constantly caressed by the wind. Both the bouquet and the sip clearly show a Mediterranean character which is expressed in this wine with an uncommon complexity. Tenuta Enza La Fauci is a small company devoted to high quality production that, year after year, offers increasingly convincing wines. Drink now through 2027. Starting from € 30.00
Other Sicilian white wines Doc and Igt (only wines produced with native grape varieties, even blended wines)
1° PlaceMonreale Doc Catarratto Lu Bancu 2020 - Feudo Disisa
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Monreale Doc Catarratto Lu Bancu 2020 - Feudo Disisa
It is a truly successful white wine with a vertical style that offers floral scents as well as exotic fruit flavours, followed by an intense palate and a savory and very long finish. Feudo Disisa is owned by the Di Lorenzo family, holder of these vineyards for over a century. Here you can find both native and international grape varieties. Drink now through 2027. Starting from € 13.50

WinnerTerre Siciliane Igp Insolia 2020 - Curatolo Arini
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Terre Siciliane Igp Insolia 2020 - Curatolo Arini
A light and spontaneous white wine, to drink at any time of the day. It smells of yellow-fleshed fruit and is stands out for a soft, well-balanced and slightly savoury sip. Curatolo Arini is a historic winery in Marsala founded in 1875. Today it produces a very varied range of wines which, alongside the Marsala wines, includes white, red and fortified wines. Drink now. Starting from € 9.50

WinnerSicilia Doc Insolia Serò 2016 - Principi di Butera
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Sicilia Doc Insolia Serò 2016 - Principi di Butera
This wine is proof of how a wine made with Insolia grapes is able to positively evolve over time. On the nose, there are evident hints of ripe fruit such as peach and apricot, while on the palate a very well balanced sip is the protagonist. Feudo Principi di Butera is the Sicilian estate of the Zonin family. It rises in the province of Caltanissetta, in a sunny area not far from the sea, particularly suited for viticulture. Drink now. Starting from € 16.00
Taurasi Docg
1° PlaceTaurasi Docg Sant’Eustachio 2015 - Boccella
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Taurasi Docg Sant’Eustachio 2015 - Boccella
A beautiful expression of Aglianico grape variety. It’s all there: small fruits and withered flowers scents, spicy and balsamic notes, lively acidity, structure, power, robust tannins and great length. Destined for long-term ageing. Boccella is a family-run winery located in Castelfranci in the province of Avellino, within the production area of Taurasi Docg. They are focused on organic production and the approach, both in the vineyard and in the cellar, is artisanal. Drink from 2023 through 2033. Starting from € 35.00

WinnerTaurasi Docg Riserva 2009 - Case d’Alto
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Taurasi Docg Riserva 2009 - Case d’Alto
It is the cru of the winery, produced only in the best vintages and in very limited quantities. It is released on the market after very long ageing both in barrique and bottle. Its fascinating complexity, completeness and velvety tannic presence make it unique. It is a small winery that takes its name from the over one-hundred-year-old vineyard located in Case d’Alto in Taurasi. Agricultural practices are carried out with the utmost respect for nature using techniques with low environmental impact. Drink now through 2027. Starting from € 60.00

WinnerTaurasi Docg Renonno 2015 - Salvatore Molettieri
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Taurasi Docg Renonno 2015 - Salvatore Molettieri
This wine, produced from historical vineyards inherited from his grandfather, ages 36 months in barriques and large oak barrels. It is full-body, robust, incisive, layered in taste and with a very long finish. It is very young, destined to evolve for a long time, probably for decades. Salvatore Molettieri is one of the best interpreters of Taurasi wine. The winery, thanks to the beautiful vineyards located in Montemarano as well as the experience accumulated over thirty harvests, produces year by year distinct red wines that perfectly represent the category. Drink from 2024 to 2034. Starting from € 38.00
Greco di Tufo Docg
1° PlaceGreco di Tufo Docg Riserva Vittorio 2008 - Di Meo
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Greco di Tufo Docg Riserva Vittorio 2008 - Di Meo
Grapes of exceptional quality from a vineyard planted in 1998 at 750 meters above sea level in Montefusco, a skilful vinification as well as very long ageing, are the elements that form the basis of this great white wine. Its complexity, elegance, freshness and progression characterize an unmissable sensorial experience. The winery of the two brothers Roberto and Generoso di Meo is a point of reference in Irpinia. The wines are placed at the top of the production of all three DOCG of the territory. Drink now through 2028. Starting from € 49.00

WinnerGreco di Tufo Docg Riserva Vigna Laure 2019 - Cantine Di Marzo
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Greco di Tufo Docg Riserva Vigna Laure 2019 - Cantine Di Marzo
It is one of the cru wines of the winery, produced from the homonymous vineyard, located at 350 meters above sea level in the municipality of Tufo, in the hamlet of San Paolo. It is characterized by herbal and Mediterranean bush hints, vibrant acidity, structure and strong minerality. It is the historical company of the denomination, officially born in 1833, but it has an even more ancient origin. Legend has it that it was Scipione Di Marzo in 1647 who brought the Greco grape variety to Tufo. Drink from 2023 to 2032. Starting from € 18.00

WinnerGreco di Tufo Docg Riserva Vigna Serrone 2019 - Cantine Di Marzo
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Greco di Tufo Docg Riserva Vigna Serrone 2019 - Cantine Di Marzo
It is one of the cru wines of the winery, produced from the homonymous vineyard, located at 350-380 meters above sea level in the municipality of Tufo, in Santa Lucia hamlet. It shows stone fruit flavours and notes of flint that precede a particularly incisive sip, with excellent balance and strong sapidity. It is the historical company of the denomination, officially born in 1833, but it has an even more ancient origin. Legend has it that it was Scipione Di Marzo in 1647 who brought the Greco grape variety to Tufo. Drink from 2023 to 2032. Starting from € 18.00
Fiano di Avellino Docg
1° PlaceFiano di Avellino Docg 2019 - Guido Marsella
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Fiano di Avellino Docg 2019 - Guido Marsella
It is produced from a vineyard planted in 1990 at 700 meters above sea level. On the nose, it stands out for its floral notes, apple and stone fruit flavours, while on the palate, it is fresh, savory and very long. Still young, it is destined for long-term ageing. Since 1995 Guido Marsella has been producing Fiano di Avellino in Summonte, one of the prestigious areas for Docg. The wise interpretation of the terroir and the choice of making long refinements are the basis of the unique character of the wines. Drink now through 2030. Starting from € 21.00

WinnerFiano di Avellino Docg Il Cavaliere 2020 - D’Antiche Terre
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Fiano di Avellino Docg Il Cavaliere 2020 - D’Antiche Terre
It is produced with grapes coming from the hills of the municipalities of Pratola Serra and Manocalzati. It is an elegant and balanced white wine that offers floral notes, fruit and citrus scents and a lean and layered sip that relies on excellent acidity. D’Antiche Terre is a winery that has roots in a more than 40-year-viticulture history as well as in the experience gained in nursery activity. Today it owns vineyards in different areas of the three Irpinia Docg. Drink now through 2026. Starting from € 12.00

WinnerFiano di Avellino Docg 2020 - Terre d’Aione
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Fiano di Avellino Docg 2020 - Terre d’Aione
It is a delicate and elegant Fiano wine that smells of peach, exotic fruit and lavender. On the palate, it shows a fresh profile, with good smoothness, flavor intensity and minerality. The winery of the Carpenito family was founded in 2006, when, after six generations of winemakers, it was decided to no longer give their grapes to local producers but release the wine on the market with their own labels. Drink between now and 2026. Starting from € 12.00
White wines of Campania from Falanghina grape
1° PlaceCampi Flegrei Dop Falanghina Vigna Astroni 2017 - Cantine Astroni
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Campi Flegrei Dop Falanghina Vigna Astroni 2017 - Cantine Astroni
It is a single-vineyard wine obtained from a terraced vineyard of 1.5 hectares, it shows a marked mineral character that fully expresses the strong link with the terroir of origin. It is deep, complex, incisive on the nose with an excellent flavor intensity resulting from an intriguing acid-savory balance. Cantine Astroni is located on the external slopes of Cratere degli Astroni, a unique place which is today a natural WWF oasis, located between Naples and Pozzuoli in the Campi Flegrei area. The production philosophy is focused on the enhancement of the territory through the indigenous Falanghina and Piedirosso grape varieties. Drink now through 2026. Starting from € 18.00

WinnerFalanghina del Sannio Dop I Mille per la Falanghina 2016 - La Guardiense
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Falanghina del Sannio Dop I Mille per la Falanghina 2016 - La Guardiense
It is a white wine that completes fermentation in barrique, where it ages for 4 months. It presents a bouquet of exotic fruit scents, enriched with delicate vanilla notes. The mounthfeel is fresh, full-body and persistent. La Guardiense is a cooperative winery in the province of Benevento with 60 years of history, 1,000 members, 1,500 hectares of vineyards and over 5,000,000 bottles produced, mainly from Aglianico and Falanghina grape varieties. Drink now through 2023. Starting from € 22.00

WinnerCampi Flegrei Doc Falanghina 2020 - Le Vigne di Parthenope
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Campi Flegrei Doc Falanghina 2020 - Le Vigne di Parthenope
Definitely a successful wine that offers immediate and spontaneous flavours, a fresh and fruity character as well as a lively sapidity. Pleasantness and drinkability. Le Vigne di Parthenope is a brand of the Quaranta family, which has been involved in the production of wine for three generations. They are located in Naples, in the Campi Flegrei, on the Camaldoli hill. Drink now through 2024. Starting from € 10.00
Cirò Doc Rosso
1° PlaceCirò Doc Rosso Classico Superiore “Vintage Edition” 2018 - Caparra & Siciliani
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Cirò Doc Rosso Classico Superiore “Vintage Edition” 2018 - Caparra & Siciliani
A pure, immediate and not too complicated red wine that embodies the characteristics of the most important denomination of the region. The freshness and crunchiness of red fruit and the delicate tannins are its most important qualities. Founded in 1963, Caparra & Siciliani is today one of the most important wineries in Calabria. The production philosophy is based on the combination of both tradition and innovation. Drink now through 2025. Starting from € 8.00

WinnerCirò Doc Rosso Classico Superiore Riserva Volvito 2018 - Caparra & Siciliani
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Cirò Doc Rosso Classico Superiore Riserva Volvito 2018 - Caparra & Siciliani
On the nose, it stands out for ripe fruit, cocoa notes and spicy hints. On the palate, it is warm, well structured, enveloping and persistent. An important version of Cirò that also meets international tastes. Founded in 1963, Caparra & Siciliani is today one of the most important wineries in Calabria. The production philosophy is based on the combination of both tradition and innovation. Drink between now and 2026. Starting from € 11.50

WinnerCirò Doc Rosso Classico Superiore Riserva Ripe del Falco 2013 - Ippolito 1845
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Cirò Doc Rosso Classico Superiore Riserva Ripe del Falco 2013 - Ippolito 1845
An exceptional terroir, expert viticulture and long ageing give us this complete, soft and enveloping red wine that manages to involve thanks to its intensity and balance. Ippolito is a winery with over 170 years of history that, since 1845, has always been managed by the same family. Drink now through 2026. Starting from € 28.00
Other Calabrian red wines Doc and Igt (only wines produced with native grape varieties, even blended wines)
1° PlaceCalabria Igp ‘A Batia 2017 - Casa Comerci
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Calabria Igp ‘A Batia 2017 - Casa Comerci
Una vigna di Magliocco Canino ci regala quest’ottimo rosso che combina perfettamente ricchezza aromatica, gusto netto e deciso, equilibrio e persistenza. Non solo frutta, ma anche note floreali e cenni balsamici. Pochissime bottiglie che vale la pena cercare. Casa Comerci è un’azienda di Nicotera, piccolo centro del versante tirrenico della Calabria in provincia di Vibo Valentia. La sua mission è riscoprire questo territorio attraverso il vino e dargli il valore e la visibilità che merita. Bere da ora al 2027. A partire da € 25,00

WinnerCalabria Igp Mastrogiurato 2019 - Caparra & Siciliani
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Calabria Igp Mastrogiurato 2019 - Caparra & Siciliani
E’ un blend di Gaglioppo e Greco Nero. Rotondo e corposo, offre un sorso avvolgente con un gusto intenso di piccoli frutti rossi e scuri e tannini particolarmente morbidi. . Nata nel 1963, Caparra & Siciliani è oggi una delle aziende più importanti della Calabria. La filosofia produttiva si fonda sul connubio fra tradizione e innovazione. Bere da ora al 2026. A partire da € 13,50

WinnerCalabria Igt Megonio 2018 - Librandi
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Calabria Igt Megonio 2018 - Librandi
Fatto con uve Magliocco coltivate nella suggestiva Tenuta Rosaneti, è la scommessa (vinta) di Librandi sulla possibilità di fare un grande rosso con un vitigno autoctono diverso dal Gaglioppo, la varietà più comune da queste parti. Librandi ha sempre creduto nel proprio territorio, non solo nella Doc Cirò, ma anche in altre interessanti aree di questa parte della Calabria. Oggi è conosciuta in tutto il mondo come un’azienda in grado di coniugare qualità, quantità e tipicità. Bere da ora al 2025. A partire da € 13,00
Calabrian white wines Doc and Igt (only wines produced with native grape varieties, even blended wines)
1° PlaceCalabria Igp Neostòs 2020 - Spiriti Ebbri
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Calabria Igp Neostòs 2020 - Spiriti Ebbri
A white wine with character obtained from Pecorello grapes, part of which macerates on the skins. It is fragrant, balsamic, intense and pulpy, but also fresh and well balanced. We are located in Presila Cosentina. Spiriti Ebbri was born from the passion of three friends. It is an emerging winery that offers original wines made in an artisanal way with great care. Drink now through 2023. Starting from € 22.00

WinnerCalabria Igp Rèfulu 2020 - Casa Comerci
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Calabria Igp Rèfulu 2020 - Casa Comerci
100% Greco Bianco grapes, this wine takes us to the shores of the Mediterranean sea with its delicate herbal scents, its freshness as well as its fine minerality. Casa Comerci is a winery from Nicotera, a small town on the Tyrrhenian side of Calabria in the province of Vibo Valentia. Its mission is to rediscover the territory through wine and give it the value and visibility it deserves. Drink now through 2024. Starting from € 10.00

WinnerCalabria Igt Pecorello 2020 - Ippolito 1845
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Calabria Igt Pecorello 2020 - Ippolito 1845
Once again the enhancement of a territory passes through the rediscovery of the ancient native vines, in this case, the Pecorello grape. Fresh, spontaneous and immediate, it is played between yellow fruit notes and citrus scents. Ippolito is a winery with over 170 years of history that, since 1845, has always been managed by the same family. Drink now. Starting from € 10.00
Aglianico del Vulture Doc and Aglianico del Vulture Superiore Docg
1° PlaceAglianico del Vulture Doc Titolo 2019 - Elena Fucci
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Aglianico del Vulture Doc Titolo 2019 - Elena Fucci
It is constantly one of the most awarded wines of southern Italy. It is elegant, complex, clear in the fruit notes, and intriguing in the smoky ones. The sip has lively acidity and evident saltiness, elements that make it agile and very pleasant to drink. Great quality of tannins. Elena Fucci, owner and winemaker of the homonymous winery, is today the symbol of the rebirth of Vulture. It is living proof that you can make a dream come true in your own land if you truly believe in something and work with commitment and devotion. Drink now through 2033. Starting from € 30.00

WinnerAglianico del Vulture Superiore Docg Daginestra 2017 - Grifalco
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Aglianico del Vulture Superiore Docg Daginestra 2017 - Grifalco
It is made with Aglianico grapes from 60-70-year-old organically grown vines, located in the municipality of Ginestra. Red fruit notes, a floral touch and a hint of iron precede a structured and persistent sip, animated by a vigorous acidity. It is one of the most interesting wineries of the appellation, both for the vineyards, located in prestigious areas and for the approach to production, being all the individual parcels vinified separately to fully emphasize their characteristics. Drink now through 2030. Starting from € 34.00

WinnerAglianico del Vulture Superiore Docg Damaschito 2017 - Grifalco
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Aglianico del Vulture Superiore Docg Damaschito 2017 - Grifalco
It is made with Aglianico grapes from 60-70-year-old organically grown vines, located in the municipality of Maschito. It smells of fruit, pepper, undergrowth and ash, while on the palate it has excellent freshness, a full body and velvety tannins. It is one of the most interesting wineries of the appellation, both for the vineyards, located in prestigious areas and for the approach to production, being all the individual parcels vinified separately to fully emphasize their characteristics. Drink now through 2030. Starting from € 34.00
Apulian red Wines from Primitivo grape
1° PlaceSalento Igt Primitivo Visellio 2016 -  Tenute Rubino
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Salento Igt Primitivo Visellio 2016 - Tenute Rubino
It is a prestigious label that has significantly contributed over the years to build the reputation of Tenute Rubino. Aged in new barriques, it is a warm, powerful, soft and persistent wine that carries within it the aromas and flavours of this area of Puglia. Tenute Rubino is an important and famous winery in Salento that owns vineyards in the areas of Brindisi and Lecce. Its cellar is among the most modern and equipped in the region. The enhancement of native vines, including Primitivo and Susumaniello grapes, is the mission of the winery for years. Drink now through 2025. Starting from € 28.00

WinnerPuglia Igt Primitivo Vriccio 2019 - Antica Enotria
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Puglia Igt Primitivo Vriccio 2019 - Antica Enotria
It is an immediate and sincere red wine that stands out for its aromas of jam, as well as for its balance and softness. A pleasant sip dominated by the sweet taste of the fruit invades the palate until the long finish. Antica Enotria is located in the northern part of Puglia, in Cerignola in the province of Foggia. Founded in 1993, it has always focused on organic production, making wines that combine the warmth of southern Italy with a marked minerality. Drink now through 2024. Starting from € 13.50

WinnerPrimitivo di Manduria Dop Riserva Pezzale 2015 - Trullo di Pezza
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Primitivo di Manduria Dop Riserva Pezzale 2015 - Trullo di Pezza
Intense and complex, it has a nose of ripe red fruit flavours and sweet spices. On the palate it is full-bodied, enveloping, with smooth tannins and a considerable length. A complete red wine. This winery was founded in 2012 in Torricella in the province of Taranto, within the production area of Primitivo di Manduria. Only indigenous grape varieties grown organically are made into wine. Drink now through 2025. Starting from € 30.00
Apulian red Wines from Negramaro grape
1° PlaceCopertino Dop Riserva Divoto 2012 - Apollonio
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Copertino Dop Riserva Divoto 2012 - Apollonio
An important red wine characterized by a wide range of flavours, in particular ripe fruit notes, meet pepper, cloves and roasting notes. The sip is structured, incisive and very long. A peremptory wine. The winery, founded in 1870, is now managed by the two brothers Marcello and Massimiliano Apollonio who represent the fourth generation of the family engaged in this business. The wines are released on the markets of 35 countries around the world. Drink now through 2026. Starting from € 32.00

WinnerSalento Rosso Igp Terragnolo 2017 - Apollonio
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Salento Rosso Igp Terragnolo 2017 - Apollonio
A version of Negroamaro grape wine that does not rely on great complexity or extreme power, but on the persuasiveness of ripe fruit flavours, enriched by a hint of spice and the pleasantness of a round and rightly structured palate. The winery, founded in 1870, is now managed by the two brothers Marcello and Massimiliano Apollonio who represent the fourth generation of the family engaged in this business. The wines are released on the markets of 35 countries around the world. Drink now through 2025. Starting from € 19.00

WinnerSalento Rosso Igt Graticciaia 2016 - Vallone
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Salento Rosso Igt Graticciaia 2016 - Vallone
The wine that, more than any other, probably brought Apulian enology to the fore. It is made with full ripe grapes dried on racks. It is incisive, powerful, enveloping and very well balanced. The persistence is almost infinite. Destined for long-term ageing. Vallone is one of the wineries that has contributed most to the growth of Apulian wine. The vineyards are located in the sunny Salento within three different estates. Quality, tradition and innovation. Drink now through 2029. Starting from € 45.00
Other Apulian red wines (only wines produced with native grape varieties, even blended wines)
1° PlaceSalento Igp Susumaniello Arlati 2020 - Trullo di Pezza
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Salento Igp Susumaniello Arlati 2020 - Trullo di Pezza
Vibrant and young, as immediately expressed by the violet reflections in the glass. It smells of small fruits, a dark floral note and a hint of liquorice. The sip is relaxed and well structured with compact tannins. This winery was founded in 2012 in Torricella in the province of Taranto, within the production area of Primitivo di Manduria. Only indigenous grape varieties grown organically are made into wine. Drink now through 2025. Starting from € 16.00

WinnerCastel del Monte Rosso Riserva Docg Il Falcone 2015 - Rivera
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Castel del Monte Rosso Riserva Docg Il Falcone 2015 - Rivera
It is a blend of 70% Nero di Troia and 30% other native grape varieties. An iconic red wine produced over many years, it stands out for wealth of nuances, intensity and balance. It has a strong and pronounced character. The winery, founded in the late 40s by Sebastiano De Corato in the family estate, was able to make the most of the Castel del Monte territory with the production of conplex and long-term ageing wines. Drink now through 2027. Starting from € 15,00

WinnerBrindisi Doc Susumaniello Torre Testa 2017 - Tenute Rubino
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Brindisi Doc Susumaniello Torre Testa 2017 - Tenute Rubino
It is without a doubt one of the most prestigious wine of the category. Not by chance it is produced by those who have contributed most to the rediscovery of the Susumaniello native grape variety. It combines the strength and intensity of fruity notes with spicy and balsamic nuances. Power and finesse. Tenute Rubino is an important and popular winery in Salento that owns vineyards in the provinces of Brindisi and Lecce. The cellar is among the most modern and equipped in the region. The enhancement of native grape varieties including Primitivo and Susumaniello, has been the mission for several years. Drink now through 2028. Starting from € 50.00
Sardinian white wines from Vermentino grapes
1° PlaceVermentino di Sardegna Doc Su’orma 2018 - Su’entu
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Vermentino di Sardegna Doc Su’orma 2018 - Su’entu
It is a wine from Vermentino grapes aged partly in stainless steel and partly in tonneau that strikes for its great balance between aromatic richness and freshness. The intense taste and the good structure find in the lively acidity the element that makes the sip agile and pleasant. Definitely great. Su’entu means “the wind”, a name that brings us back to the Sanluri area, where the winery is located. We are in Marmilla, a sub-region of central-southern Sardinia. Since 2012, the year of the first harvest, the company has had steady growth. Drink now through 2024. Starting from € 13.50

WinnerVermentino di Sardegna Doc Giunco 2020 - Mesa
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Vermentino di Sardegna Doc Giunco 2020 - Mesa
It expresses freshness and immediacy through exotic fruit scents, as well as citrus and Mediterranean bush notes. On the palate it is lean and dynamic with a great corrispondance to the nose, which is enriched with balsamic hints into the after-aroma. Mesa is a winery located in the area of Sulcis, which is the extreme southwest of Sardinia. Born with an ambitious project, today it has reached high quality levels with its wines, both red (especially from Carignano grapes) and white (from Vermentino grapes). Drink now through 2023. Starting from € 13.00

WinnerVermentino di Gallura Docg Superiore Bèru 2016 - Siddura
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Vermentino di Gallura Docg Superiore Bèru 2016 - Siddura
It is obtained only from the best grapes with the fermentation that takes place in small French oak barrels. The tipycal aromas and flavors of the grape variety and the terroir are expressed with great breadth and intensity. Of course it has not only power, but also finesse and minerality. Siddùra is located in Luogosanto, a town in Gallura (north-eastern of Sardinia) known for the richness and intensity of its white wines from Vermentino grapes. It is certainly one of the leading companies of the Vermentino di Gallura Docg. Drink now through 2024. Starting from € 35.00
Sardinian red wines from Cannonau grapes
1° PlaceCannonau di Sardegna Doc Nepente di Oliena Riserva Pro Vois 2016 - Fratelli Puddu
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Cannonau di Sardegna Doc Nepente di Oliena Riserva Pro Vois 2016 - Fratelli Puddu
Extraordinary strength which is admirably controlled. It is Pro Vois, a warm, complex, Mediterranean, powerful and structured wine from Cannonau grapes that is also well balanced thanks to the good acidity and the very well extracted tannins. They are located in Oliena, a small town in the province of Nuoro which has its own sub-area in the Cannonau di Sardegna denomination. Fratelli Puddu is the winery that best interprets this territory with complex and vigorous red wines. Drink now through 2028. Starting from € 35.00

WinnerCannonau di Sardegna Doc 2019 - Cherchi
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Cannonau di Sardegna Doc 2019 - Cherchi
It is a frank and immediate red wine, characterized by intense ripe fruit and jam notes. On the palate it shows good consistency, softness, well-smoothed tannins and excellent length. Founded in 1970 in Usini near Sassari, Giovanni Cherchi’s winery has always played the role of flagship of the territory. Its red wines from Cagnulari and Cannonau grapes and white wines from Vermentino grapes are proof of this. Drink now through 2025. Starting from € 12.00

WinnerCannonau di Sardegna Doc Mamuthone 2019 - Giuseppe Sedilesu
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Cannonau di Sardegna Doc Mamuthone 2019 - Giuseppe Sedilesu
It is one of the most representative wines of Sardinia, a red wine that speaks for the territory. Red fruit scents, a floral touch, spicy notes and a hint of citrus precede a sip which is as fresh and savory as it is full and incisive. Not to be missed. Giuseppe Sedilesu is one of the top wineries in Mamoiada, a small town in the heart of Barbagia in which red wines from Cannonau are produced. They consistently rank at the highest levels of regional production. Pursuing the goal of combining tradition, territory and elegance, great progress has been made by the winery in recent years. Drink now trough 2027. Starting from € 16.00
Rosé wines (all the wines produced with native grape varieties, even blended wines, of Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Puglia, Sardinia and Sicily)
1° PlaceEtna Doc Rosato 2020 - Travaglianti
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Etna Doc Rosato 2020 - Travaglianti
Tense, vertical, refreshing and salty, this wine is a concentrate of everything that the terroir of Etna is able to express in a glass of rosé wine. It can be drunk now to appreciate the immediacy of the fruit, but it is also able to evolve for a few years. The two cousins Claudio and Enrico Travaglianti have been on the market with their wines for a few years, but with very clear objectives: bottle quality and territory. The vineyards are located on the southwestern side of Etna, an area from which we expect great things soon. Drink now through 2023. Starting from € 22.00

WinnerCalabria Igp Gaglioppo Ligrezza 2020 - Terre di Balbia
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Calabria Igp Gaglioppo Ligrezza 2020 - Terre di Balbia
Wine obtained from Gaglioppo grapes with 24 hours of maceration on the skins. It offers fragrant red fruit scents and delicate floral notes. Its freshness and balance make it pleasant and easy to drink. Terre di Balbia is located in Altomonte, a small town in Calabria located in the northern part of the province of Cosenza. The current management represents a new direction for the company. Organic agriculture, understanding of the vine’s life, as well as attention to detail are the cornerstones of the production philosophy. Drink now. Starting from € 15.00

WinnerEtna Doc Rosato Scalunera 2020 - Torre Mora
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Etna Doc Rosato Scalunera 2020 - Torre Mora
This rosé wine produced a few years ago, but already highly appreciated on markets around the world, conquers for its freshness, its agile and dynamic profile as well as for its marked minerality. Its strengths are versatility in pairings and drinkability. Torre Mora is the Etnean company of the Piccini family, a historical name of the Tuscany of wine. Their desire to try their hand at premium productions in other territories has led, in the last few years, to the acquisition of two estates, one in Basilicata, in Vulture, and the other one on the northern slope of Etna. Drink now through 2023. Starting from € 22.00
Sparkling wines (Traditional Method or Charmat Method of Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Puglia, Sardinia and Sicily)
1° PlaceSicilia Doc Metodo Classico Extra Brut Contessa Franca 2014Tasca d’Almerita
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Sicilia Doc Metodo Classico Extra Brut Contessa Franca 2014
Tasca d’Almerita
From Chardonnay grapes, it ages in bottle on the lees for 60 months. It is a classy sparkling wine, a great example of elegance, both in the aromas and in the fine creaminess of the bubbles as well as in the balance of the sip. Noble character. Tasca d’Almerita is one of the iconic names of the Sicily of wine. The company, since its foundation, has made history and trends with its products. Drink now through 2027. Starting from € 60.00

WinnerSalice Salentino Doc Brut Rosè Five Roses Anniversario 2016Leone de Castris
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Salice Salentino Doc Brut Rosè Five Roses Anniversario 2016
Leone de Castris
Produced from Negroamaro grapes, it ages in bottle on the lees for 48 months. Surprising Classic Method that is appreciated for the successful combination of both freshness and persuasive softness. Leone de Castris is one of the most important Apulian brands, both for quality and for the distribution of its products on the market. It is one of the wineries that made the history of rosé wine in the region. Drink now through 2024. Starting from € 27.00

WinnerEtna Doc Spumante Sosta Tre Santi Brut 2017Nicosia
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Etna Doc Spumante Sosta Tre Santi Brut 2017
Nicosia
Metodo Classico obtained from Nerello Mascalese grapes vinified in white, it ages in bottle on the lees for at least 30 months. It stands out for floral scents, bread crust and citrus notes, which are followed by a lively, relaxed and intensely mineral palate. Nicosia is one of the historic wineries of Etna. In recent years it has invested in the sparkling wine production, carrying out an ambitious project that is starting to give interesting results. Drink now through 2023. Starting from € 23.50

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