Best Italian white wines, we selected the best.
Today we will talk about the best Italian white wines. Did they follow reds to excellence?
With so many grape varieties that we have in Italy you are able to get the right Italian white wine that fits for your budget and every occasion. We selected a list of three best Italian white wines which for their quality and price are very interesting!
The range of Italian white wine styles is staggering. The world hasn’t yet caught on to Italian white wines but they have nothing to envy to other wines.
Let’s start with our selection in which we will explain why the wines we selected are among the best Italian white wines .
The first among the Best Italian white wines that you would love to drink is: Falanghina
The Falanghina is a white wine originating in Campania and its production is mostly spread in the Sannio, in the Phlegrean area and in the province of Caserta. The vine is vigorous and well structured. Legend has it that it was introduced by the ancient Greeks, but we find written evidence only from the mid-nineteenth century. The name derives from the word “phalanx” – “phalanx” in Latin, that is the typical wooden poles that once supported the plant. Recent genetic tests have identified two different subfamilies of Falanghina, attributable to the Beneventana Falanghina and to the Phlegrean one, which differ, however, only in the form and size of the berries, while they are almost identical from the organoleptic point of view.
The vine is cultivated mainly in the hilly areas characterized by a warm and very dry climate and is distinguished by the size of its clusters, oblong or rounded, with berries with a thick and well-robust skin. Falanghina is mainly cultivated with vertical guyot bearing and, during the winemaking process, the grapes are very often placed in steel containers, and not of wood, to protect their aromatic fragrance.
Falanghina: Wine Tasting
It has a warm straw yellow color with light green reflections. In the glass immediately perceive light floral notes, fruity and mineral aromas due to the volcanic origin of the cultivation lands of the vine. There is therefore a definite hint of ripe fruit, broom, hawthorn and elderberry, while on the palate the taste is soft, fresh, delicate and with excellent acidity. Sometimes the finish is asked with a slightly bitter aftertaste, which can vaguely recall the pomegranate. We suggest to taste Falanghina at an average temperature of around 8-10° C, in order to fully enjoy its aromatic and gustatory breadth.
Falanghina: Combining Wine And Food
The Falanghina is the perfect wine to serve as a fresh aperitif, but it is also ideal to accompany the best dishes of the Mediterranean and Campania tradition. It goes very well with hors d’oeuvres, fish main courses, vegetable soups, seafood pasta, white meats, cheeses and seasonal vegetables. The Falanghina is also suitable to accompany dishes rich in flavor like the classic pizza margherita, the mozzarella di bufala and the sweets of small pastries in the passito or sparkling version.
Our second choice is: Fiano, an extraordinary wine to be discovered.
Fiano di Avellino is a refined and elegant white wine of great structure, produced in Campania.
The cultivation of vines in these territories has very ancient origins dating back to pre-Roman times. The Fiano vine, the Vitis Apicia as it was called in antiquity, is hypothesized that it was brought to Italy by the Greeks coming from the city of Apia, located in the Pelopponneso. These grapes cultivated later by the Romans who settled in the area were instead apianae, since their sweet berries attracted the bees. But the first historical documents attesting the winemaking of Fiano d’Avellino date back to the twelfth century. Infact Fiano wine orders were found in the royal registers of Frederick II of Swabia destined for his court in Puglia.
Fiano: Wine Tasting
The color is light straw yellow, with greenish and golden reflections. Its aroma is intense and pleasant, with hints of ripe white-fleshed fruit, toasted hazelnut, spices and almond. The palate is fine, full and balanced, with an acidity able to enhance its freshness and a savory aftertaste with intense floral notes.
Fiano: Combining Wine And Food
The Fiano is an exceptional wine also as an aperitif, served fresh between 8 and 10° C. It goes very well with elaborate fish dishes, first courses based on shellfish and seafood, risotto, white meats and fresh cheeses.
Thinking of the typical seafood and southern cuisine, the best dishes in combination with Fiano di Avellino are anchovies in a pan and in a cake pan, salt sea bass, shrimp or grilled prawns, lemon turbot, marinated grouper slices , stewed swordfish rolls, monkfish stew with turmeric rice. Next to fish dishes, Fiano di Avellino also goes well with dishes based on offal, vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts and artichokes with cream cheese.
The third choice for us is: Greco, what a magnificent wine!
The volcanic rock of Irpinia has given life to a wine capable of becoming a pride of the Campania oenology: the Greco di Tufo. Its origins are lost in the mists of time between the frescoes of Pompeii and the stories of Pliny the Elder. The “Greek” wine, in fact, bewitched and embellished the Roman banquets, after having arrived in Irpinia land from Thessaly. The soil of that part of Campania, volcanic and calcareous, gives an intense flavor to the wine. The landscape that hosts the Greco di Tufo vine is nothing short of suggestive: chestnut, beech and hazelnut woods that run after the eye and are a habitat not only fascinating, but also ideal for these grapes, which grow vigorous and characterized by a balanced acidity.
Greco di Tufo is a vine that needs excellent sun exposure during the summer months, especially if grown in the hills. The growth of the grape, as well as its harvest, takes place in full respect of nature and its phases. No man is allowed to intervene in any way. The harvest takes place in late autumn, during the second half of October. The expert hands pick up the precious grapes that are transported in the cellars by hand. Here the pressing of the grapes is soft and slow, to respect the delicate balance of berries and stalks. The fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at lower temperatures than the average, to give an aromatic and fragrant product. The bottling takes place about five months after the harvest and the rest in the bottle is short.
Greco: Wine Tasting
Greco di Tufo is usually tasted in a tall, tapered and transparent glass like the Renano. Through the fine transparency of the glass, the intense straw yellow of the wine catches the eye, thanks also to the particular green shades. Yellow becomes golden in bottles that have undergone a longer refinement process. When near the nose, this is enveloped by the typical scents of mountain wines. Fresh aromas of apples and pears meet the apricot, almond and sage heat. The characteristics of the terrain are all found during the first taste. Mineral and sapid notes that meet an ever present but balanced acidity. Meanwhile the persistence is quite long and balanced.
Greco: Combining Wine And Food
Fish is the undisputed kingdom of the Greco di Tufo. From appetizers to main courses, it is a wine capable of enhancing the delicacy of fish with elegance and balance. Excellent in grilled cooking, it goes well with dishes based on fresh cheeses. It is an excellent companion for the tasting of dry pastries thanks to an alcohol content of 11%. The service temperature is around 10 ° C.
What do we recommend?
Here there is the Dioscuri 1938 white wines selection! All from Italian country and all from the south Italian wonderful vineyards. In the list we included what we think are the best italian white wines.
– Falanghina, Campania, Dioscuri, Italy 2017,
12% alcohol content. Price: € 6.99
– Fiano, Campania, Dioscuri, Italy 2017,
12% alcohol content. Price: € 6.99
– Greco, Campania, Dioscuri, Italy 2017,
12% alcohol content. Price: € 6.99
Also Forbes Made a selection of Best Italian White Wines and as you can see our wines are rated into it.
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