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Wine Searcher, the most famous English search engine dedicated to wines, has developed a ranking of the 20 most expensive and valuable Italian wines. The list shows all the “biggest” names of Italian enological heritage, with a ranking resulting from a thought out average calculated on the offers of over 50 thousand shops and wine bars around the world. The ranking is based on the average price, expressed in dollars, of 750 ml standard bottles, with reference to all the available vintages.
Alongside the wines, naturally, the most renowned wine producers are also highlighted, including Marchesi Frescobaldi, Giuseppe Quintarelli, Romano Dal Forno, Bruno Giacosa, Angelo Gaja … But also an “outsider” such as Enzo Pontoni, who stands out for his extraordinary production of Refosco. Among the finest wines, Amarone della Valpolicella, Masseto, Barolo and Greppo stand out. Followed by Brunello di Montalcino, Recioto and Barbaresco.
The price of the most expensive wine exceeds $ 800.
As for the regional provenance, over the 20 listed wines most are from Piedmont and Veneto, which both place themselves with 7 wines, followed by Tuscany with 5.
The three top wines
Amarone della Valpolicella Classico is an excellence produced by the Quintarelli Farm, in Negrar, in the province of Verona. This wine is produced with 55% of Corvina grapes, 25% of Rondinella, 15% of Cabernet Sauvignon along with 5% of other vines, including Croatina, Nebbiolo and Sangiovese.
The grapes used, after the harvest, are subjected to four months of drying, on crates and wooden trellises. This process drastically reduces the water content, increasing that of sugars. Subsequently, it is crushed – in January – then macerated and fermented. Aging – from 7 to 8 years – is carried out exclusively in oak barrels. With a robust body, it stands out for its spicy aroma, marked fruity notes, and its characteristic ruby red color.
The Masseto Tenuta dell’Ornellaia, born from a single vineyard of 6 hectares, in the territory of Bolgheri, and expresses one of the absolute excellences created by the Frescobaldi family. This wine is the expression of a cru of Merlot grapes.
The specific area of production of this wine is located near the sea, and is favored by a Mediterranean climate, which guarantees ideal temperatures for the gradual ripening of the grapes. Production is limited, with manually harvested grapes, and absolutely traditional vinification procedures that include aging in barriques.
The Barolo Riserva “Monfortino” by Giacomo Conterno, however, originates from the southernmost cru selection of Serralunga d’Alba, in a vineyard of 14 hectares. The Monfortino is created thanks to a careful selection of grapes, which are vinified separately according to the characteristics, and then subjected to a maceration of 5 weeks.
The Monfortino is created thanks to a careful selection of grapes, which are vinified separately according to the characteristics, and then subjected to a maceration of 5 weeks.
The Top 20
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- Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva DOCG, Veneto
- Tenuta dell’Ornellaia Masseto Toscana IGT, Tuscany
- Giacomo Conterno Monfortino, Barolo Riserva DOCG, Piedmont
- Falletto di Bruno Giacosa ‘Falletto’ Riserva, Barolo DOCG, Piedmont
- Biondi Santi Tenuta il Greppo Riserva, Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Tuscany
- Case Basse di Gianfranco Soldera Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG, Tuscany
- Avignonesi Occhio di Pernice Vin Santo di Montepulciano, Tuscany
- Miani ‘Calvari’ Refosco Colli Orientali del Friuli, Friuli-Venezia Giulia
- Giuseppe Quintarelli ‘Amabile del Cere’ Passito Bianco Veneto IGT
- Giuseppe Quintarelli ‘Alzero’ Cabernet Veneto IGT
- Romano Dal Forno Vigneto di Monte Lodoletta, Recioto della Valpolicella DOCG, Veneto
- Case Basse di Gianfranco Soldera Intistieti, Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG
- Giuseppe Mascarello e Figlio Barolo Monprivato Ca d’Morissio Riserva, Barolo DOCG
- Romano Dal Forno Vigneto Monte Lodoletta, Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG,Veneto
- Giuseppe Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG, Veneto
- Giuseppe Quintarelli Recioto della Valpolicella Classico DOCG, Veneto
- Gaja Sori San Lorenzo Barbaresco-Langhe, Piedmont
- Gaja Sori Tildin Barbaresco-Langhe, Piedmont
- Gaja Costa Russi Barbaresco-Langhe, Piedmont
- Bruno Giacosa Villero di Castiglione Falletto, Barolo DOCG, Piedmont