10 Italian Wines to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

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20/01/2020
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02/03/2020

The most romantic day of the year is almost here! Have you decided which wine would you enjoy to celebrate with your better half? 

Candle lights, red roses, romantic music, food cooked with love… Whether you are planning to dine outdoors or organize a romantic dinner at home, wine is your best ally to set the mood during this special occasion.

We’ve prepared a mini guide for all the budgets to give you some inspiration with the best Italian wines to celebrate Valentine’s Day! So let us be your cupid for the choice of the right wine for this special day.

1. “Chiaro di Stelle” Isola dei Nuraghi Rosato IGT 
Winery: Pala
Grape variety: Monica 40% Carignano 30% Cannonau 30%
Type: Rosé
Region: Sardinia 
Main characteristics: Delicate, fruity and savoury
Price: €10,50

What’s more romantic than toasting under the light of the stars with that special person? That’s what means “Chiaro di Stelle”, light of the stars in Italian. This Sardinian wine made with native varieties will be perfect as an aperitivo, fried seafood and vegetables.

2. “Amorino” Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo DOC
Winery: Castorani
Grape variety: Montepulciano
Type: Red
Region: Abruzzo
Main characteristics: Fresh, fruity and slightly spicy
Price: €12 

“Amorino” was made by the famous Formula 1 pilot, Jarno Trulli who after his successful career, decided to go back to his homeland and become a winemaker. It is made from Montepulciano grapes vinified in rosé. It is a very versatile wine, it goes well with pasta, pizza, light roasts and seafood.

3. “PassioneSentimento” Veneto Rosso IGT 
Producer: Pasqua 
Grape variety: merlot 40%, corvina 30%, croatina 30%
Type: Red
Region: Veneto
Main characteristics: Fruity and spicy 
Price: €15,00 

It is made with the appassimento technique which concentrates the aromas of the wine. “PassioneSentimento” is dedicated to the world’s most famous love story, Romeo and Juliet. In fact, the label of the wine is a picture of the original wall of Juliet’s house, where each year thousands of lovers from around the world leave letters to Juliet. It goes well with grilled red meat and matured cheese. 

4. “Vino della Rosa” Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC
Winery: Scelza
Grape variety: Montepulciano
Type: Red 
Region: Abruzzo
Main characteristics: Fruity and spicy 
Price: €22

Named after the natural rose attached to the bottle by hand, this artisanal Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is perhaps the wine with the most romantic packaging out there! The rose is set with a manual process on the bottle with a stamp wax. So why give roses for Valentine’s when you can give a wine with a rose? The perfect pairing will be lamb or ragout tagliatelle.

5. “Amore e Follia” Toscana Rosso IGT
Winery: Podere Le Ripi
Grape variety: 90% Syrah, 5% Merlot, 5% Sangiovese
Type: Red
Region: Tuscany 
Main characteristics: Fruity, intense, elegant 
Price: €25

“Amore e Follia” stands for love and madness, and in fact they often go hand by hand. It is definitely unusual to find a Syrah in Montalcino, and this is one of the few. Are you curious to try it? Try it with red meat stew or roasted-grilled meat.

6. Alto Adige Moscato Rosa DOC 
Winery: Franz Haas 
Grape variety: Moscato Rosa 
Type: Dessert 
Region: South Tyrol
Main Characteristics: Sweet, fruity, spicy 
Price: €30

What would Valentine’s Day be without chocolate? If you are looking for the perfect match for chocolate, then you have to try this sweet moscato rosa. It goes well also with fruit tarts.

7. “Sanct Valentin” Alto Adige Pinot Nero DOC
Winery: San Michele Appiano
Grape varieties: Pinot Noir 
Type: Red
Region: South Tyrol 
Main characteristics: Fruity, elegant and complex 
Price: €32 

It is made with the their best and oldest vines, with very low yields to give life to a fine and sensual Pinot Noir. If your partner is a wine connoisseur, you can’t go wrong with this Pinot Noir! “Sanct Valentin” is a very versatile Wine, it can match your meal from the appetizer to the main course.

8. “Abissi” Portofino Spumante Metodo Classico Brut DOC 
Winery: Bisson
Grape variety: 80% Bianchetta Genovese and 20% Vermentino
Type: Traditional method sparkling wine
Region: Liguria 
Main characteristics: Fresh, herbaceous and savoury
Price: €48

What’s more fascinating than a wine that has been aged under the deep waters of Portofino? If you are looking for an unconventional sparkling wine, this may be the right wine for you. It is perfect as an aperitif or with shellfish, crab and lobster.

9. “Es Red” Salento Primitivo IGT
Winery: Gianfranco Fino
Grape Variety: Primitivo
Type: Red
Region: Puglia 
Main characteristics: Powerful, intense and complex.
Price: €95

With its deep ruby red colour, intensity and vigorous character this is the right wine if you are looking for a powerful full bodied red. It is made from the Primitivo grapes from their 90-year-old vines trained with the ancient alberello system, on the red lands of the Manduria countryside. They have a limited production of only 2000 bottles. Try it with spiced dishes or meat main courses.

10. “Giulio Ferrari Riserva del Fondatore Rosé” Trento Rosé DOC 
Winery: Ferrari
Grape variety: 65% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay
Type: Traditional method rosé sparkling wine 
Region: Trentino
Main characteristics: Vibrant, intense, seductive and elegant 
Price: €250

This is a wine that every sparkling wine connoisseur would love to treasure in their cellar and is definitely a wine for special occasions. 

Intense, seductive and exceptionally elegant, Giulio Ferrari Rosé is impossible to forget once you try it and it will make your Valentine’s Day memorable. 

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