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Southern Italy Wines

While the bulk of Italy’s DOCG wine-producing regions aren’t located in Southern Italy, there are plenty of quality wines fashioned here. The south’s reputation is predominantly built on the red grapes Aglianico, Primitivo, Negroamaro and Nero D’Avola and the white grapes Vermentino, Greco and Trebbiano. The Taurasi DOCG located in Campania is one of Southern Italy’s most renowned wines. Vinified from the thick-skinned Aglianico grape, the wine lends brooding dark fruit qualities with a burly structure. Campania white wines shouldn’t be overlooked, either; the Greco di Tufo DOCG produces zesty, Greco-based whites, which offer copious white fruit and mineral flavors. Further southeast, the region of Puglia is home to Primitivo di Manduria Dolce Naturale DOCG, a decidedly sweet wine based on Primitivo, a varietal that’s been genetically linked to Zinfandel. Quality wines can also be found in Puglia’s Salice Salentino DOC, a deeply pigmented and tannic wine based on the Negroamaro varietal. On the island of Sicily, the Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG—a red blend based on Nero D’Avola—garners much respect. And of course one cannot overlook the island’s well-known Marsala DOC, a fortified wine that suffered the reputation of being solely a cooking wine in the 20th century. On Italy’s other island, Sardegna, located off the southwestern coast, Vermentino di Gallura is produced, a DOCG white wine that pairs beautifully with the island’s seafood offerings. To discover some Southern Italy’s best wines and values, visit the Southern Italy Wine Guide for some top picks.

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Apollonio 1997 Red (Copertino)

  • Best Buy
  1. $10
One of the most satisfying wines I have had in a long time. A blend of Negro-amaro (80%) and four other red grapes crafted by the brothers Apollonio in southern Italy. Deep red with aromas of ripe black cherries, nutmeg and leather. An extraordinary wine that could probably sell in the $25 range.  — W.E.  (11/15/1999)
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Mastroberardino 2006 Radici Riserva Aglianico (Taurasi)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $75
This is a gorgeous, compelling wine of power and finesse. It has a captivating fragrance of earth, leather, black fruit and incense accented with whiffs of exotic spice. The palate is rich but refined, delivering ripe black cherry, blue berry, tobacco and baking spices along with enveloping, velvety tannins. Drink 2016–2036.  — K.O.  (12/31/2013)
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Feudi di San Gregorio 2012 Sirica (Campania)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $50
Made from a rare and nearly extinct grape variety of the same name, Sirica opens with intense aromas of blackberry, leather, violets, underbrush and Mediterranean herbs. The delicious palate doles out mature black cherry, blueberry, black pepper, clove and grilled sage alongside velvety tannins and fresh acidity. It’s beautifully balanced and will continue to…  — K.O.  (9/1/2014)
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Terredora Di Paolo 2009 Fatica Contadina Aglianico (Taurasi)

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  1. $34
This gripping, delicious wine seamlessly weaves together sensations of blue flower, exotic incense, ripe black cherry, mature plum, cracked pepper, mocha, clove and graphite. It’s already delicious and well balanced, with bracing tannins and racy acidity, but give it time to soften and develop complexity. Drink 2019–2029.  — K.O.  (9/1/2014)
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Feudi di San Gregorio 2007 Piano di Montevergine Riserva Aglianico (Taurasi)

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  1. $65
This special wine is aged for 18 months in oak and shows a massively long and intense finish, with evolving notes of black fruit, ash, prune, spice, leather and bitter black chocolate. It showcases the hard work achieved by Feudi di San Gregorio over the years. This should age for 10 years or more.  — M.L.  (2/1/2013)
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Feudi di San Gregorio 2004 Piano di Montevergine Riserva Aglianico (Taurasi)

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  1. $65
This vineyard-designate Taurasi Riserva is probably one of the biggest, boldest wines produced in Italy. It opens with an inky black color and intense aromas of black fruit, toast, spice, espresso bean and bitter black chocolate. The jackhammer tannins are steady and firm, and there’s a long tail of prune and black fruit on the finish.  — M.L.  (6/1/2012)
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Contrade di Taurasi - Lonardo 2009 Vigne d’Alto Aglianico (Taurasi)

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  1. $70
Aromas of blue flower, rich black fruit, cooking spices, leather and thyme waft out of the glass of this soulful young Taurasi. The palate offers a juicy core of black cherry accented by notes of black pepper, nutmeg, eucalyptus, pipe tobacco and mineral, with firm acidity and velvety tannins. It’s already delicious, but hold for additional complexity. Drink 2019–2029.  — K.O.  (9/1/2014)
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Grifalco 2009 Damaschito Aglianico (Aglianico del Vulture)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $33
This structured and delicious wine opens with aromas of tilled earth, blue flower and mature black fruit. The savory, juicy palate delivers notes of ripe plum, blackberry, Mediterranean herbs and mineral, all supported by assertive tannins. Drink 2015–2024.  — K.O.  (9/1/2014)
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