Varieties of Italian Juices for Winemaking
Amarone- This grape has been cultivated in the Veneto region for at least several hundred years. Light crimson in color, it is fairly tart, medium to full bodied with aromas of fruit, black cherries and almonds.
Barolo-A wine nicknamed centuries ago “The King of Wines” might seem intimidating. Indeed, Barolo is not for the faint of heart—or palate. The key qualities: famous 'tar and roses' aroma, a bright ruby color, firm tannins, elevated acidity, and relatively high alcohol.
Bardolino- The Bardolino wine is ruby red sometimes almost cherry. Fruity with notes of cherry, strawberry and raspberry, with spicy notes of black pepper and cinnamon. The palate is dry, soft, fresh and pleasantly salty.
Cabernet Sauvignon - A black varietal that initially earned notoriety and controversy as a component in the well known Super Tuscan Blends. This varietal can be fermented alone or blended with Sangiovese and other varietals to produce Super Tuscan blends with significant power, depth and complexity.
Chianti- Very young tasting. It has the fruity fresh appeal of Beaujolais and is usually a Sangiovese grape blend.
Dolcetto- "Little Sweet One." Traditional styles are light purple in color with low tannins, cherry, raspberry, jammy flavors with hints of spice.
Lambrusco- An Italian wine known for its natural effervescence. A sweet medium bodied wine that has berry tasting notes and a high acidity.
Montepulciano- Globally appreciated for their soft flavors, strong color and gentle tannins, Montepulciano wines are typically best consumed in their youth and with food. The deep-purple juice of Montepulciano grapes is used in varying proportions to produce wines under roughly 50 of Italy's DOC and DOCG titles. Although sometimes used on its own, it also responds well to blending with other varieties, most successfully Sangiovese - its close relative and Italy's most widely planted grape variety.
Sangiovese- Sangiovese is one of the most popular and most planted grapes in Italy. The grapes make wines that offer fresh, cherry flavors and an earthy quality, often aromatic like cedar. As the many Sangiovese blends out there prove, the grape plays well with others.
Valpolicella- Made from three grape varieties: Corvina Veronese, Rondinella, and Molinara. This wine is a light, fragrant table wine known for its sour cherry flavor.
Pinot Grigio-Currently the most popular white wine produced in Italy, Pinot Grigio is mostly grown in the northeastern regions of Italy. Most Pinot Grigios are dry with fruit flavors of pear and apple with hints of lemon and mineral.
Vermentino- Full bodied with scents of citrus, leaves, and nuts.