Delicious Italian Whites You Probably Never Heard Of
Exploring the wonderful world of Italy’s White Wine Regions!
By Michael Gallo, CSW, Store Manager, TOTAL WINE & MORE
Let’s face it, when it comes to Italian wines we all have our go-to’s. For red wine, Chianti and Chianti Classico come to mind almost immediately. For whites, Pinot Grigio is easily the best known and most enjoyed Italian white wine in America.
However, while Pinot Grigio is crisp, aromatic and refreshing, there is more to Italian white wine than this widely popular varietal.
For instance, let’s take a look at a beautiful white wine known as Orvieto. Orvieto is a delicious, light-bodied wine from the Umbria region in central Italy, bordered by Tuscany to the west and the Marches region to the east.The Umbrian landscape is similar to Tuscany’s, producing similar styles of wine, but the region can be drier and hotter in comparison. Orvieto is made from the region’s indigenous grapes, Grechetto and Trebbiano. When served well-chilled, Orvieto makes for a wonderful aperitif or the perfect pairing for meals on the lighter side.
Another Italian white wine to explore and one of my personal favorites, is Gavi. From the Piedmont region in northwest Italy, in the hillsides north of Genoa, the Gavi region produces amazing dry white wines from the Cortese grape. Wines produced within the town of Gavi itself are labeled Gavi de Gavi. Look for this crisp, light-bodied and minerally white wine the next time you are in the Italian aisle.
Finally, from Campania in southern Italy, there is the beautiful white wine made from the native grape Falanghina. Campania’s long, warm growing season and volcanic soils produce aromatic minerally white wines, and Falanghina is no exception. An amazing seafood pairing wine, Falanghina has inviting aromatics, a medium body with a luxurious mouthfeel, and floral notes on the palate. One of my favorite food pairings is Spaghetti Alle Vongole with a glass or two of nicely chilled Falanghina.
So the next time you are shopping for a new white wine to try, give these alternative white wines from Italy an opportunity to delight your palate!