Niagara is a world-renowned wine-growing region, home to hundreds of wineries and vineyards that grow high-quality grapes for the production of some truly amazing wines. And many of these Niagara wineries are producing wines that honour Italy’s historic and acclaimed viticultural traditions. From red and white to sparkling, Italy produces the most wine by volume in some of the greatest varieties ever known, which you can easily begin exploring, sipping, and savouring this summer.
The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra has Niagara’s most extensive Italian Wine list. Pair the right wine with great cuisine at The Rainbow Room. Reservations are strongly recommended.
Italian Wine List
Italy’s red wine, or vino rosso, is lauded as some of the best in the world and is a title that encompasses wines created from a wide variety of grapes from vineyards all across the country. Some of the major red wine varieties from Italy are:
- Chianti: Hailing from Tuscany and made with Sangiovese grapes, Chianti is an extremely popular Italian red wine that tends to be medium-bodied with a high acidity, and features floral and nutty notes, and a light aroma.
- Barolo: This red wine is regarded as one of Italy’s finest and comes from the country’s northern Piedmont region. Created from Nebbiolo grapes, Barolo is noted for its fine aging abilities and full-bodied taste, with different varieties featuring complex aromas like roses, chocolate, spice, plum, and eucalyptus.
Vino bianco is also produced all across Italy and is made in varieties that range from sweet to dry and pair amazingly well with a number of fish, chicken, and vegetable dishes. Some of the finest Italian white wines include:
- Verdicchio: The Verdicchio grape variety is grown in central Italy’s Marche region and produces dry white wines that often feature citrus notes and subtle flavours that pair well with many types food.
- Pinot Grigio: Although Pinot Grigio grapes are grown all around the world- and often referred to as pinot gris– Italian wineries produce incredible white wines from this grape in the Lombardy and Alto Adige regions. They are often full bodied white wines with a pleasant floral taste.
Hot summer days and lively celebrations often call for a good vino frizzante, and Italy produces a number of great-tasting varieties, such as:
- Asti: This sparkling white wine is also known as Asti Spumante and is produced in Italy’s Piedmont region. It’s made from the Moscato Bianco grape and has a sweet taste that makes it the perfect wine to pair with desserts.
- Prosecco: Available in three different varieties – sparkling, semi-sparkling, and still- Prosecco is made from Glera grapes and is the main ingredient of the popular Bellini cocktail. It has a fairly low alcohol level compared to other sparkling wines and is often best enjoyed as an aperitif.
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