The Top Level Wines of Italy

Famous Italian DOCG that informally are ranked similar as the Crus

Albana di Romagna, Asti Spumante, Barbaresco, Barolo, Brunello di Montalcino, Carmignano, Chianti, Franciacorta, Gattinara, Montefalco Sagrantino, Moscato d’Asti, Taurasi, Torgiano Riserva, Vermentino di Gallura, Vernaccia di San Gimignano and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

Italian ‘Super-Tuscans’ are considered to be of Cru quality

It was in the 1970’s that some Italian wines (mainly in the Tuscan region) went through a revolution of style – the production of hand-crafted wines of international standing, using well known varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot. In many cases the Italian Sangiovese grape was added to the blend. Wines made did not fall within the classifications of Italy and could only be labeled as Vino da Tavola. However the wines were so impressive that the wines were considered to be as good as or better than the DOCG wines. Because most of the wines came from Tuscany, the wines became known as Super Tuscans.

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