Going to Italy and want to visit some top wineries? Do what I always do: consult the current edition of Gambero Rosso‘s Italian Wines. Each year for the past 25 years this organization selects Italy’s best wines and classifies them by awarding glasses instead of stars: 1 glass, 2 glasses or the top award of 3 glasses (in Italian, Tre Bicchieri).
For the 2012 Edition, when this article was first written, the editors and staff reviewed 2,350 producers and about 20,000 wines! From this vast number they culled the best wines and awarded the coveted 3 Glass Award to 375 wines.
The 2015 Edition, includes reviews of 2402 Italian wine producers, 20,000 wines, and 423 Tre Bicchieri – Three Glass Awards.
The book is divided into 21 geographical regions: Valle d’Aosta, Piedmont, Liguria, Lombardy, Trentino, Alto Adige, Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Emilia Romagna, Tuscany, Marche, Umbria, Lazio, Abruzzo, Molise, Campania, Basilicata, Puglia, Calabria, Sicily and Sardinia.
So once you know what areas you’ll be visiting, you consult the Guide which provides all the information you’ll need to make decisions, including contact information and addresses.
I never leave home without it!
The Gambero Rosso guides are available at most major book retailers.
- Gambero Rosso – 2016 Italian Wine Guide
- Sannio and Falanghina: New Wine Darlings of Campania – Review Gambero Rosso Tasting at Cibo in Miami
Article revised: 02-12-2016