Here is a short list of wine makers in Italy. Some of these are small and do not import their wines into the US. Most on the list do. We have tried many of these labels, and below is a short list of recommended ones.

Some Major producers:

* Antinori – established in 1385, with estates in Tuscany , Piemonte, and Umbria .
* Azienda Agricola Allegrini – Verona producer of Valpolicella and Amarone.
* Azienda Agricola Il Moletto – winery makes red, white, sweet, and sparkling wines.
* Azienda Agricola San Romano – specializes in Dolcetto.
* Barone Ricasoli – producing wines and olive oil since 1141.
* Bava – maker of traditional and innovative red, white and sparkling wines. Home of the annual International Altar Wine Seminar.
* Biondi Santi – home of Brunello di Montalcino.
* Bosca – producer of Italian spumante.
* Bruno Giacosa – producers of Barolo, Barbera, Dolcetto.
* Castel Noarna – located in an eleventh century castle.
* Castello Banfi – super Tuscan, brunello, chianti, sangiovese.
* Castello di Ama – wine produced exclusively with grapes from the property. Located in the heart of Chianti Classico, between Radda and Gaiole.
* Castello di Monterinaldi – Chianti winery. With links, photos, ordering information and more. In English, Italian, French, and German.
* Cavo Valentino – Cortese, Chardonnay, Barbera, Grignolino, Dolcetto and Cabernet Sauvignon.
* Colli Favorita Wineries – Piedmont region wines.
* Consorzio Prosecco Conegliano Valdobbiadene – consortium of wine producers.
* Di Lenardo Vineyards – wines of the Friuli region … the far North/East of Italy .
* Farnese Vini – wines from Abruzzo.
* Fenocchio Azienda Agricola – winemaker has vineyards in several locations in Montforte d’Alba and Barolo wine-growing areas.
* Fontana Candida – founded in 1958 with headquarters are located in Monteporzio Catone ( Rome ). Known for Frascati.
* Fratelli Berlucchi Franciacorta – family-owned vineyards, producing champagnes, wines, and grappa.
* Gruppo Italiano Vini – cultivates vineyards in the classic areas of Italy , manages historic wine cellars, and distributes its wines around the world.
* Michele Chiarlo Azienda Vitivinicola – three cellars: Calamandrana for Barbera d’Asti and Moscato d’Asti; La Morra for Barolo and Barbaresco; and Rovereto for Gavi.
* Montagner Vini and Spumanti SRL – producing fine wines and grappas.
* Montecastelli Selections Ltd. – offering a selection of premium wines based on indigenous Italian varieties. Also providing olive oil from Tuscany .
* Nuove Bollicine – reds, whites, and sparkling wines.
* Pasqua Vini Vigneti e Cantine – Verona producer and shop.
* Peter Zemmer Weinkellerei – Cortina family winery in the South Tyrolean lowlands offers flowery whites and full-bodied reds. (In English, German, and Italian).
* Riunite – Verona producer of Lambrusco.
* Ruffino Wines – maker of reserve chianti and other estate wines from grapes cultivated on six Tuscan Estates.
* Tenuta dell’Ornellaia – historic Bolgheri vineyard and estate producing wine that is both internationally respected and award-winning.
* Tenuta Goccia – Barbera, Pignoletto, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Barricato.
* Terre Magre – offers DOC Friuli Grave wines produced in San Quirino di Pordenone.
* Val D’Oca – cooperative sustained by 600 producers makes grappa, sparkling Prosecco, and other varieties.

Some Recommended labels:

Frescobaldi Chianti Rufina Riserva Nipozzano 1999. Lush, lovely red fruit and nice acid structure; long, balanced, and satisfying.
Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico Riserva Rocca Guicciarda 1998. Racy and ripe, rich and dense, with fine fruit and solid structure.
Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico Riserva 2000. Fresh and spicy, with bright black raspberry fruit and keen acidity; long and balanced.
Da Vinci Chianti Riserva 2000. Up-front plum and blackberry fruit; racy on the palate, with lifted flavors.
Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2000. Juicy berry fruit mixed with overtones of leather and violets; long, pure, and delicious.
Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2000. Mature with spice and berry fruit and notes of leather and tobacco; quite complex and lovely.
Valiano Chianti Classico Poggio Teo 2000. Fleshy, packed with ripe berry fruit and full-bodied plum flavors.
Agricola Villa Cerna Chianti Classico Riserva 2000. Bright, smooth, long, and intense, with notes of wood and spice and plummy tones.
Terrabianca Chianti Classico Scassino 2002. Smooth on the palate, with racy, bright black-raspberry fruit and a fresh, balanced finish.
Valiano Chianti Classico Riserva 1999. Intense and raisiny, with chocolate, spice, and dry, concentrated fruit.
Terrabianca Chianti Classico Riserva Croce 2001. Richly textured, deep, and complex; long and luscious on the finish.
Brancaia Chianti Classico 2001. Juicy and bright, with plenty of ripe plum and spice; long and lively.
Panzanello Chianti Classico Riserva 2000. Dense with concentrated plum and blackberry fruit; wonderful balance.
Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Oro 1999. Lifted cherry-berry fruit and zippy acidity; made in a slightly lighter style.
Castello di Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 2000. Flagship wine from this important estate (a Riserva in all but name); stylish, and supple, with gorgeous plum, raspberry, violets, and spice; great length and complexity.

Written on October 22nd, 2010 , Wineries

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