Most Expensive Italian Wines

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Most Expensive Italian Wines Italy is a country with a very long history of making wine, but unlike the French, for instance, the Italians have not done a particularly good job in marketing their wines. Heck, the truth is that until quite recently there were only a handful of wineries that could really compete at the highest levels.

That’s not to say that Italy made bad wine -- well, that’s not to say that Italy made appreciably more bad wine than anyone else, at least. What was missing was the ability to convince the world that their wines were the Ferraris, Guccis, and Ferragamos of their kind. Actually, the Ferragamos got into the wine business and, not surprisingly, did a pretty fine job of getting their wine noticed.

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  • Snooth User: lawdown
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    Perhaps you have overlooked the Bolgheri region in Tuscany. Ornellaia, Sassicaia, for example. Very pricey, but generally memorable.

    Nov 10, 2010 at 3:24 PM

  • Snooth User: Eric Guido
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    Man Greg, you've been on fire. Nice string of great articles here on snooth!

    Nov 10, 2010 at 7:58 PM

  • Snooth User: mfurrer
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    Bolgheri is def missing. Especially talking about iconic wines, Masseto is probably the icon per se in italy. Bruno Giacosas Barbaresco Santo Stefano another one. And going south, whenever you have the chance of trying Montevetrano from Campania, don't miss it. Still i enjoyed reading the article, as it is as always mind opening and enjoyable.

    Nov 11, 2010 at 1:02 AM

  • Snooth User: erniex
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    Have to agree on the comments already posted. Quite few wines could be added to a list of most expensive from Italy. Like Gajas top end portfolio, Dal Forno & Quintarelli, definitely Bolgheris super Toscans, and even more Barolos such as Mascarello and Sandrone.
    In general still a way up to the most coveted French counterparts, but for sure a wider range than the few mentioned here...
    And if looking for value alternatives, I could recommend to dig through the second wines of the super Toscans. In a good vintage these wines are often very close to big brother, earlier ready for consumption, and often almost cheap - in comparison at least..

    Nov 11, 2010 at 2:57 AM

  • Personally, I prefer Amarone to Barolo and I was really surprised to see it missing from the list, although I accept that the article was titled "Most Expensive" as opposed to "The Best Italian Wines" - More on Italy please!

    Nov 11, 2010 at 3:23 AM

  • Where are the Super Tuscans? An entire story in their own right, achieving Bordeaux-like status - yes, Ornellaia and Sassicaia, and the consequent wider produce of people like Antinori.

    Oh, we've trawled the bad stuff - read our postings on chianti, for example - but there's some great stuff in Italy too.

    Nov 11, 2010 at 4:03 AM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    Thanks for the comments. Other areas will included in follow-up emails. I started compiling this list and it quickly became obvious that this would have to be done in several parts but I'm glad to see that this has started a discussion!

    Nov 11, 2010 at 7:23 AM

  • Snooth User: dmcker
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    I'll agree with Eric that you have a number of articles on excellent themes these days. Just wish we didn't have to trudge through all the page changes in the now-universal slide shows. They really are a pain you-know-where, and I accordingly don't even begin on any slided article if I feel rushed for time.

    I'll also agree with others in this thread that you've shorted the 'Super Tuscans', even Tignanello. If you say the most expensive 'Italian' (not Barolos or Brunellos), you're opening yourself to this. And if price is the determiner, personal preferences aside, you'll have to look at a Gaja or two, as erniex has suggested... ;-)

    Nov 14, 2010 at 2:54 AM

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