How to pronounce Italian wine names

Published in: News 30/10/2014

"Wine is the most civilized thing in the world."
Ernest Hemingway


Aglianico del Taburno
Red wine from the province of Benevento, it had been brought to Italy by the ancient Greeks. It is still a very much appreciated wine.

Amabile
Sweet, gentle, pleasant. In music, amabile indicates notes to be played melodiously. At the table, we are talking about a dry white wine DOC from Veneto.

Amarone
Full-bodied Italian red wine (DOCG) from the province of Verona. It is a very good and expensive wine. Amarone means literally very bitter.

Arneis
White wine produced in Piedmont, in Italy.

Barbaresco
Italian wine made with the Nebbiolo grape. Barbaresco is produced in the Piedmont region.

Barbera
Italian red wine, produced mainly in Piedmont, in Northern Italy. For decades, Barbera has been the classic red table wine.

Barolo
Barolo is a red DOCG wine produced in Piedmont. It is made from the Nebbiolo grape and it is one of Italy's best wines.

Bollicine
Literally “small bubbles”, the word is used in place of “spumante”, the sparkling, fizzy wine. Do not use this term if you are trying to impress with your wine expertise.

Bonarda
Red wine from the area of Pavia. It can be dry or amabile (literally lovable, which means semi sweet).

Breganze
Small town in Veneto famous for its red and white Italian DOC wine. You should taste the sweet passito wine.

Brunello di Montalcino
Red DOCG wine produced in Tuscany. This is one of Italy's best-known and most expensive wines.

Chianti
Red Italian wine produced in Tuscany. A long time ago It was sold in Fiasco, a squat bottle in a straw basket.

Franciacorta
Sparkling wine from the area of Franciacorta in Lombardy.

Grignolino
Red wine produced in Piedmont. Grignolino is also known with so many other names. Sorry, we do not have enough room to mention all of them.

Gattinara
Red wine (DOCG) produced from Nebbiolo grape in the area of Gattinara (Vercelli), to be enjoyed with red meats.

Grumello
Grumello is the name of two different villages in Northern Italy, but it is also a red wine DOCG from Valtellina, in Lombardy.
 
Gutturnio
Red wine DOC from the area of Piacenza, apparently created by Julius Caesar’s father-in-law, whose mother was just from Piacenza.

Lambrusco
Red wine produced in Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna. It is a dry wine, but it can be also produced as “amabile”  (lovable), slightly sweet or “dolce” (sweet).

Marsala
Wine (DOC) similar to Port, produced in the city of Marsala, in Sicily, and frequently used in cooking.

Negramaro
Red still wine from Apulia, and particularly from Salento, the “heel” of Italy.

Nero d'Avola
Nero d'Avola is one of Italy's most important indigenous varieties of wine, from Avola, in Sicily.

Pignoletto
A very good value white wine produced in Emilia-Romagna.

Prosecco
Dry or extra dry sparkling wine produced in Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia (mainly in Conegliano and Valdobbiadene areas). Prosecco is the main ingredient of the Bellini cocktail.

Sangiovese
One of the most common wine-grapes cultivated in Italy. You can see this kind of vineyard, Vigneto, in all the area that goes from Romagna to Campania. Sangiovese wine is the pride of Toscana.

Solopaca
Red and white wines produced in Solopaca, a village in Campania.

Spumante
All those sparkling, fizzy wines with explosive bottle corks. Nowadays spumante is also called bollicine, literally small bubbles in Italian.

Taurasi
Red wine from the province of Avellino which takes the name from a village in the area. This wine was produced even before Roman times.

Trebbiano
Trebbiano is one of the most extensively planted grape in the world. So many wines are produced with this grape, even Cognac.

Valpolicella
Valpolicella is the viticultural area in the province of Verona, very close to Lake Garda, famous for its wine production. It is also a red wine (DOC) produced just in the Valpolicella region.

Verdicchio
White wine from Marche, in central Italy. Verdicchio (literally, greenish) is the colour of the grape used to produce this ancient wine.

By Patrizia Serra

 

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