10 sweet wines to try before you leave Italy

Never leave Italy or buying very expensive bottle of sweet wine from all over the world without tasting some of the incredible sweet wines produced in Italy.

Many people believe sweet wine is just a light wine, beloved from women, hard to pair with food. Go beyond stereotypes ad discover the root of wine making. Sweet wine always was served to heroes coming back from ancient wars, sounds like hospitality, celebration and tradition. Never lose the opportunity to surprise friends by pairing cheeses or dessert with the right sweet wine, or sip it slowly for a multi-sensorial meditation moment.

1) Moscato d’Asti (Piemonte) –Let’s start with a super classic, an amazingly aromatic Moscato from the region of Asti in Piedmont region, north-east of Italy.

Bright yellow colour that turns gold with the age, intense and complex aromas from tropical fruit to white flowers, fig and peach. In the mouth is sumptuous, almost balsamic.  Try: Moscato d’Asti DOCG La Morandina

2) Alto Adige Gewürztraminer Passito (Trentino Alto Adige) – Alias The Amazing elegance. Great wines coming from this area where nature challenge humans with its climate and mountains. Great aromas, long lasting finish, softness and elegance are amazing. Try Alto adige Gewürztraminer Passito Cashmere Elena Walch or Try Alto adige Gewürztraminer Passito Sanct Velentin Comtess’ San Michele Appiano

3) Recioto di Soave  (Veneto)  – Tasting wines produced by families that are making wines since centuries is always an emotional way to get in touch with the real soul of a place. When the characteristics of local grapes named Garganega, together with the soil  and climate so unique meet the expertise of passionate winemaker , the result is paradise in a glass. Try: Recioto di Soave Renobilis Gini or Recioto di Soave Classico Le Colombare Pieropan

4) Fior d’Arancio Passito dei Colli Euganei  (Veneto) – this little piece of land in  Veneto region is full of magic and beauty. The soil is volcanic on a side and calcareous-rocky on the other side, with a great vegetation, flowers and, all around, vineyards.

The grape is the Moscato Giallo, here named Fior d’Arancio (orange blossom), Tropical fruit, buttery, floral notes will enchant your nose, while the freshness will give a breeze to your mouth. Try: Colli EuganeiFior d’Arancio Passito Alpianae Vignalta

 5)Picolit (Veneto)  – if you’d like to try a legendary, rare wine, you’d choose a bottle of Picolit. The preciousness and prestige of this Italian sweet wine are renowned worldwide and are surely connected with the small quantity of product available since a genetic disease of the Picolit grape variety, creates a natural loss of grapes on the bunch. Is one of the wines to be tasted before die. Try: Colli orientali del Friuli Picolit Valentino Bitussi or Colli Orientali del Friuli Picolit Marco Sara

6) ALBANA PASSITO (Romagna) – Albana is a local ancient variety, well known since the ancient Roman times. In the various soil of the region the Albana found a perfect home in southern Bologna province, a limestone and sandstone soil. This wine is famous for a legend listing the daughter of the Emperor Teodosio, Galla Placidia, in 453 A.C. shocked by the colour and taste of this wine exclaiming “this wine should be served from gold cups”. Try Romagna Albana Passito Innamorato by Poderi Morini or Romagna Albana Passito Scaccomatto by Fattoria Zerbina.

7)PASSITO DI NOTO (Sicily)  to the extreme south of Sicily, in enclosure of four villages, Noto, Roslini, Pachino, Avola, close to the sea and kissed by the sun, the vineyards of Moscato Bianco grows under high temperatures on a mix of sandy, limestone, clay and marine stones giving unique conditions to the wine. Be ready for an explosion of aromas, juicy yellow fruit to bite, balsamic notes and much more. Try Passito di Noto by Planeta or Passito di Noto by Feudo Ramaddini

8) CINQUE TERRE SCIACCHETRA’ (Liguria) – At the limit with Toscana, western side of the Riviera, the amazing Cinque Terre land offers breath-taking panoramic views, amazing food and unforgettable wines. The name of this wine comes from local Liguria dialect and means “press it “and “save it”. After harvest grapes are dried under sun then fermented and maturated but prices are high for a wine produced with a very big effort. This wine is lively in the mouth, a little tannic and salty, fresh and balanced. Try Cinque Terre Sciacchetrà by Cheo

9) GRECO DI BIANCO (Calabria)  – In a secluded corner of fascinating and challenging Locride in southern Calabria, the toe of Italian Peninsula, facing the Ionic sea and not far from the main City of the region, Reggio Calabria, there is a coastline named Riviera dei Gelsomini .Few miles outback, runs the final of the mountain chain, named here Aspromonte, here is our place, a small piece of land crave of one of the most precious and unique Sweet wines from Italy: The “ Greco di Bianco”. This amazing wine, unknown to the majority of people, is done with Malvasia and could be a great investment for a collector. Try Greco di Bianco by Cantine Lucà

10)PRIMITIVO DI MANDURIA  DOLCE NATURALE (Puglia)   – in the amazing Puglia region, between Bari and Taranto, facing the Ionian sea, this area called Salento is famous for amazing seaside holidays, food and wine. Primitivo and Zinfandel are brothers, they descend from the same dna. The sweet version of Primitivo is obtained from fermentation of dried grapes on the plant with a late harvest. Taste this wine to try the quintessence of the word “Nirvana”. Try Primitivo di Manduria Dolce Naturale – Giuseppe Attanasio 

Daniela Cassoni, Foodie & Founder @ www.gourmetaly.com, wine & travel expert