a vineyard in soave, italy
Handpicked by IWSC
A view of Soave, Italy and its Garganega vines
Wine Handpicked by IWSC 2 December 2021

16 award-winning Italian white wines

From Pecorino to Friuliano: Italy has a wealth of native white grape varieties to get to know. Discover a stellar range in our list of the best Italian white wines from the IWSC 2021
Introduction and recommendations by
IWSC judges

Italy is home to so many regions and grape varieties that you could drink wine from that country alone for the rest of your life and still discover something new every time. And if you’re looking for the best Italian white wines, there’s never been a better time to start.

Pinot Grigio may dominate wine lists, but there’s so much more to Italian white wine, and so many interesting varieties to try. In the north of Italy, you’ll find the likes of Friuliano, which offers floral and citrus notes, the apple-tinged Garganega, and the stone-fruit-accented Cortese, which is used to make Gavi.

Head further south and you’ll find Pecorino, with its zesty, lemon aromas, and over in Sardinia, Vermentino is ideal for those who prefer a fuller-bodied white.

A Vermentino was one of the highest-scoring Italian white wines in this year’s IWSC: Sella & Mosca Monteoro 2019, which scored 96/100pts and offered tempting aromas of ripe pear and apple with a touch of smoke and flint, along with delicate citrus.

italian white wine grapes on the vine

Another big scorer (95/100pts) and Gold medal winner was Cà dei Frati’s Brolettino 2019, made from the Turbiana grape, also known as Verdicchio. The variety is arguably the finest white grape in Italy, and typically offers great texture and minerality. This wine is no exception, wowing the judges with its alluring notes of lychee, peach and lemon accompanied by a richly textured palate of smoky stone fruit.

Staying in the north, Cantina Produttori Bolzano Kleinstein Gewürztraminer 2019 displays the grape’s classic aromas of rose, lychee and Turkish delight. Although most closely associated with the Alsace region in France, the history books show that Gewürztraminer was first grown in the village of Tramin in northern Italy back in the 13th century.

Every Italian white wine in this year’s IWSC was tasted blind by a panel of experts, chaired jointly by Masters of Wine Alistair Cooper and Sarah Abbott. They were joined by sommeliers Julie Dupouy, Nicolas Clerc, Isa Bal and Gearoid Devaney.

This year’s selection showed the huge range of what this wine-loving country has to offer. Here is our pick of the best Italian white wines from the 2021 IWSC.

The best Italian white wines from the IWSC 2021

  1. Sella & Mosca, Monteoro 2019 Vermentino Di Gallura; Sardinia. 96/100
  2. Cà dei Frati, Brolettino 2019; Lugana, Lombardy. 95/100
  3. Cantina di Soave, Villa Rasina 2020; Soave Classico, Veneto. 95/100
  4. Cantina di Monteforte, Castellaro 2019; Soave Superiore Classico, Veneto. 95/100
  5. Tesco, Finest 2019; Soave Superiore Classico, Veneto. 95/100
  6. Codice Citra, Niro Pecorino 2020; Terre Di Chieti, Abruzzo. 95/100
  7. Cantina Produttori Bolzano, Kleinstein Gewürztraminer 2019; Alto Adige Trentino – Alto Adige/Südtirol. 93/100
  8. Tenute Tomasella, Le Bastìe 2015; Friuli Grave, Friuli Venezia Giulia. 93/100
  9. Aldi, 2020; Soave Classico, Veneto. 93/100
  10. Cantina Valle Isarco, Aristos Kerner 2019; Alto Adige, Valle Isarco Trentino – Alto Adige/Südtirol. 92/100
  11. Borgo Conventi, Sauvignon 2019; Collio Goriziano, Friuli Venezia Giulia. 92/100
  12. Masottina, Ai Palazzi Dorsoduro Pinot Grigio 2019; Delle Venezie, Veneto. 92/100
  13. Broglia, Vecchia Annata 2010; Gavi, Piedmont. 92/100
  14. Fattoria Colline Verdi di Costantini Antonio, Febe 2020; Trebbiano D’Abruzzo, Abruzzo. 92/100
  15. Cantine di Ora, Il Casato Pinot Grigio 2020; Valdadige Trentino – Alto Adige/Südtirol. 92/100
  16. Mezzacorona, Maso di Mezzo Riesling X Sylvaner 2020; Vignetti Delle Dolomiti Trentino – Alto Adige/Südtirol. 92/100
a vineyard and church in piedmont, italy
A vineyard in Piedmont, Italy, where the Cortese grape thrives

HOW DO WE JUDGE THESE WINES?

We run a tightly structured, rigorous wine tasting process. That means that each wine sample is pre-poured into numbered glasses and assessed blindly by the judges. Most importantly, our IWSC wine judges are experts in their field, who work across all sectors of the wine industry. For evidence, see our full list of judges.

HOW DO WE SCORE THESE WINES?

Only the best wines sampled receive a Gold or Silver award. For example, to win Gold, wines have to score between 95 and 100 points. Meanwhile, Silver wines range from 90 to 94 points. Click here to read more on our scoring system.

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