Ian D’Agata’s Great Italian Wines of 2022

by Ian D’Agata

Once again, it’s that time of year when we all begin looking back and take stock of what happened during the previous twelve months or so in trying to put events and discoveries in perspective. In my line of work, that also means compiling a list of top, great and/or unmissable wines that were released during the year. I have been putting together such a list annually since more or less 2004 and I always have a lot of fun with it: the goal, my goal at least, is never to just list a long lineup of superexpensive, usually hard to get a hold of wines, but rather to draw a hopefully complete picture of what the wine production of Italy in 2022 was like. Which means a list of wines that will include many different wines, different because of the grape varieties they are made with and because of the regions they are made in but also the wine style/category they belong top as well as their respective price points. Hopefully, there will be something for everyone, not just the collectors among us.

And so it is that you will find in my 2022 list wines different as Prosecco and Cabernet Franc, Barolo and Moscato di Pantelleria, Lambrusco di Sorbara and Lambrusco Marani, Tazzelenghe, nascetta and Alicante Bouschet. Wines that are white, red, pink, sparkling, sweet, and macerated/orange. Most of these wines were released during 2022, though some might have come out for sale a little earlier (the year before); however, most should be still available in the marketplace and were in fact wines so good I felt I needed to tell you about them some more. In fact, a couple of the wines listed will only be released officially in 2023, but as they are in bottle and I got to try them, might as well tell you about them before they disappear… if you want tasting notes to go along with the scores, I refer you back to the individual articles that have come out in the TerroirSense Wine Review this year; most of the wines have been covered at one time or another in our various sections, be it the Wines of the Week or In the News or the Terroir Academy, Producer Insight and/or Regional Reports. Once again, it bears repeating that the list really is a “wines of the year” list, such that the wines of some territories and denominations will be much more prevalent than those of others, simply because some territories benefited from much better weather. Those same territories that have done so well this year may be under-represented in other years and in the “Best of” lists of those years, simply because in those vintages conditions did not allow to make exciting, excellent wines there. A case in point are Montalcino in 2017 and Barolo in 2018. Last year we had many Brunellos 2016 in the list: we do again this year, but not because 2017 was especially good for Brunello (it wasn’t); rather, it is because the 2016 Brunello Riserva wines were released this year, and they are by contrast smashingly good. For the same reason you will find some 2016 Barolo Riserva wines in this year’s Best of 2022 list: given that the 2016 vintage is one of the best all-time Barolo vintages, it would be strange if these wines were not well represented in a year’s end “Best of” list. In fact, two of the top three wines of the year are Barolo 2016 Riserva wines. As they should be.

This specific list of wines was compiled through tastings of wines supplied by producers directly to me or through their importers. A number of wines on this list were assessed by two of my long time collaborators, Emily Huang in Taiwan and Michele Longo in Italy, with whom I have been tasting with for years and who I am proud to say I have trained, at least to the degree that I am comfortable in knowing how they will think, evaluate and score wines.

I trust you will enjoy reading the list we have come up with, safe in the knowledge that some choices you will agree with and others you’ll be shaking your head at. But allow me: therein lies one of the many beauties of wine, too.


Bruno Giacosa 2016 Barolo Falletto Vigna Le Rocche Riserva             100

Nothing much to say, you don’t need to be a wine expert to recognize you are in the presence of greatness. A spectacular, superb, once-in-a-lifetime wine, but the sort of starry performance Bruna Giacosa, and her father Bruno before her, have made us come to expect. From one of the greatest all-time years for Barolo, one of its greatest all-time wines. Brava, Bruna!

Runner up : Elvio Cogno 2016 Barolo Riserva Ravera Vigna Elena      100

A simply unforgettable wine that speaks not just of the magic of Ravera but also of the fantastic quality of the Nebbiolo Rosé grape variety that they have been championing with success at Cogno for over twenty years. This is everything a great Barolo ought to be: there’s a purity and a precision that lift it to legendary status.


Colle Massari/Grattamacco/Poggio di Sotto/San Giorgio

It has been a few years now that this group of wineries, run by Claudio Tipa with flair, class and real competence, not to mention passion, have been putting out one great wine after another. This year the list of wines made by these four estates was just too good to ignore: the 2016 Brunello Riserva from Poggio di Sotto would be reason enough to award this winery group with the year’s “best of” award, but fact is, there are a bunch of other memorable wines made this year. Well done!

Runner up : Frescobaldi.

Ian D’Agata’s picks of Italy’s 99 best wines and wineries 2022                              

Bruno Giacosa 2016 Barolo Falletto Vigna Le Rocche Riserva 100

Elvio Cogno 2016 Barolo Ravera V. Elena Riserva                     100

Fuligni 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva                              100


Tenuta San Guido 2019 Bolgheri Sassicaia                                  99

Baricci 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Nello Riserva                      99


Ca’del Baio 2019 Barbaresco Asili                                   98

Costanti 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva                  98

Isole e Olena 2019 Cepparello Toscana Rosso                              98


Aldo Conterno 2012 Barolo Granbussia                           97

Barone Ricasoli 2019 Chianti Cl. Gran Selezione Colledilà        97

Canalicchio di Sopra 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva       97

Castello di Ama 2019 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigneto Bellavista          97

Conte D’Attimis-Maniago 2016 Tazzelenghe Friuli Colli Orientali          97

Caravaglio  2021 Malvasia delle Lipari Passito                       97

Ettore Germano 2016 Barolo Lazzarito Riserva                      97

Grattamacco 2019 Bolgheri Rosso Superiore Grattamacco         97

Le Macchiole 2019 Paleo Rosso Bolgheri                          97

Giuseppe Quintarelli 2015 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico             97


Altare 2016 Barolo Cerretta Vigna Bricco Riserva                            96

Biondi – Santi Tenuta Greppo 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva           96

Ca’del Bosco 2013 Franciacorta Dosage Zéro Annamaria Clementi Riserva            96

Caprili 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva                  96

Donnafugata 2019 Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé                   96

Fattoria Selvapiana 2019 Chianti Rufina Vigneto Bucerchiale 40 anni Riserva                96

Fontodi 2019 Flaccianello della Pieve                             96

Francesco Cadinu 2019 Cannonau di Sardegna Ghirada Fittiloghe                    96

Frescobaldi/Nipozzano2019 Chianti Rufina Terraelectae Vigneto Montesodi               96

Gaja 2018 Barolo Dagromis                                       96

Giovanni Rosso 2018 Barolo Vigna Rionda Ester Canale Rosso                   96

Gravner 2012 Ribolla Gialla Venezia Giulia                                96

Massolino /Vigna Rionda 2016 Barolo Vigna Rionda Riserva     96

Réva 2016 Barolo Lazzarito Riserva                                  96

Ridolfi 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Mercatale Riserva               96

Tiberio 2018 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colle Vota    96

Tiefenbrunner 2020 Müller Thurgau Feldmarschall von Fenner Alto Adige               96


Bartolo Mascarello 2018 Barolo                                95

Brigaldara 2016 Amarone della Valpolicella Case Vecie              95

Bucci 2019 Castelli di Jesi Verdicchio Classico Riserva Villa Bucci             95

Cantina Produttori San Michele Appiano 2021 Gewurztraminer Sanct Valentin Alto Adige          95

Cantina Tramin 2021 Gewurztraminer Nussbaumer Alto Adige                  95

Cascina Luisin 2019 Barbaresco Asili                      95

Castelgiocondo 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva                95

Castell’in Villa 2016  Chianti Classico Castell’in Villa In Riserva   95

Castello del Terriccio 2018 Castello del Terriccio Toscana          95

Castiglion del Bosco 2016 Brunello di Montalcino 1100 Riserva  95

Cavallotto/Bricco Boschis 2016 Barolo Bricco Boschis Vigna San Giuseppe Riserva            95

Ceretto 2017 Barbaresco Asili                                  95

Col d’Orcia 2015 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio al Vento      95

Conterno Fantino 2018 Barolo Ginestra Vigna Sorì 95

Contrada Salandra2020 Falanghina Campi Flegrei             95

Di Barro’ 2020 Mayolet Valle d’Aosta                            95

Doro Princic 2021 Pinot Bianco Collio                            95

Duemani 2019 Duemani Toscana                              95

Elena Fucci 2020 Aglianico del Vulture Titolo                95

Feudo di San Maurizio 2019 Vuillermin Valle d’Aosta        95

G.B. Burlotto 2018 Barolo Monvigliero                         95

Giacomo Conterno 2020 Barbera d’Alba Vigneto Francia           95

Gianni Gagliardo 2018 Barolo Fossati                                        95

Giuseppe Cortese 2019 Barbaresco Rabaja                           95

Grifalco 2018 Aglianico del Vulture Superiore Damaschito       95

Köfererhof / Günther Kerschbaumer 2020 Sylvaner R Alto Adige Valle Isarco             95

La Fiorita 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva                    95

Maso Martis 2018 Trento Extra Brut Rosé                      95

Mauro Molino Barolo 2016 Anniversario                        95

Ornellaia Bolgheri Ornellaia Rosso                                 95

Pietraventosa 2017 Primitivo Gioia del Colle Riserva                95

Radikon 2007 Ribolla Gialla 3781                                               95

Roagna 2017 Barbaresco Asili Vecchie Viti                           95

Ruggeri 2021 Valdobbiadene Prosecco Brut Vecchie Viti         95

Sottimano 2019 Barbaresco Pajore’                                 95

Tedeschi 2016 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Capitel Monte Olmi Riserva            95

Tenuta di Trinoro 2020 Campo di Camagi Toscana               95

Tenuta di Capezzana 2014 Vin Santo di Carmignano Riserva   95

Tenuta Fanti 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Le Macchiarelle Riserva        95

Teularju 2019 Ghirada Cara’Gonare Barbagia Rosso                 95

Venissa 2016 Dorona Veneto Venissa Bianco                             95

Vie di Romans 2020  Bianco Flors di Uis Friuli Isonzo        95


Accornero 2021 Grignolino del Monferrato Casalese Bricco Boschis           94

Agricola Vallone 2017 Graticciaia Salento Puglia                 94

Angelo Negro 2019 Barbaresco Basarin                             94

Antinori 2019 Tignanello Toscana                                      94

Antoniolo 2018 Gattinara Osso San Grato Riserva                94

Argiolas 2018 Turriga Isola dei Nuraghi Sardegna                94

Arnaldo Caprai 2018 Montefalco Sagrantino 25 Anni         94

Barone Pizzini 2014 Franciacorta Dosaggio Zero Bagnadore Riserva           94

Bisci 2019 Verdicchio di Matelica Vigneto Fogliano             94

Camigliano 2016 Brunello di Montalcino Gualto Riserva            94

Cantina Bolzano 2020 Lagrein Taber Riserva Alto Adige          94

Cantina Convento Muri-Gries 2017 Lagrein V. Klosteranger Riserva           94

Cantina della Volta 2017 Lambrusco di Sorbara Brut Metodo Classico Rosé           94

Cantina Kaltern 2021 Lago di Caldaro Classico Superiore Quintessenz Alto Adige            94

Cantina Meran Alto Adige 2020 Mitterberg Bianco Passito Sissi                       94

Cantine Polvanera 2019  Gioia del Colle Primitivo 17 Vigneto Montevella               94

Cantina Terlano 2020 Terlano Sauvignon Quarz Alto Adige     94

Castello di Volpaia 2019 Chianti Classico Riserva                 94

Cleto Chiarli Tenute Agricole 2021 Lambrusco di Sorbara del Fondatore                  94

Colle Massari 2019 Montecucco Rosso Riserva                      94

Commenda Magistrale/Tenuta Bruno 2015 Primitivo di Manduria Riserva Supremo                 94

Corino 2018 Barolo Arborina                                                       94

Dei  2019 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano                         94

Elena Walch 2020 Gewürztraminer Vigna Kastelaz Alto Adige 94

Fabrizio Dionisio 2018 Cortona Syrah Cuculaia                    94

Falkenstein/Franz Pratzner 2020 Weissburgunder Alto Adige Val Venosta                 94

Fattoria Petrolo  2020 Valdarno di Sopra Sangiovese Vigna Bòggina                 94

Ferrari 2015 Trento Extra Brut Perlé Nero Riserva                94

Fontanavecchia 2018 Aglianico del Taburno                 94

Fortemasso 2016 Barolo Castelletto Riserva                          94

Giacomo Fenocchio 2018 Barolo Villero                        94

Guastaferro 2016 Taurasi Riserva Primum                            94

Guido Porro 2018 Barolo Vigna Rionda                         94

I Clivi 2021 Ribolla Gialla A Tessa Venezia Giulia                94

I Fabbri 2018 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione                     94

Jermann 2020 Vintage Tunina Venezia Giulia                94

La Contrada di Sorano 2018 Barolo                   94

La Montagnetta 2018 Freisa d’Asti Superiore Bugianen              94

La Staffa 2019 Castelli di Jesi Verdicchio Classico Riserva Rincrocca              94

Le Strette 2020 Nascetta del Comune di Novello Pasinot           94

Les Crêtes 2020 Fumin Valle d’Aosta                      94

Lilliano 2019 Chianti Classico Riserva                     94

Livio Felluga 2019 Rosazzo Terre Alte                           94

Lungarotti 2018 Torgiano Rosso V. Monticchio Riserva               94

Maeli 2020 Moscato Fior d’Arancio Colli Euganei                     94

Mamete Prevostini 2019 Valtellina Sforzato Corte di Cama      94

Montecappone/Mirizzi 2019 Castelli di Jesi Verdicchio Classico Riserva Utopia               94

Montevertine 2019 Montevertine Toscana                       94

Paolo Scavino 2018 Barolo Bric dël Fiasc                       94

Pelissero 2019 Barbaresco Vanotu                            94

Pietroso 2017 Brunello di Montalcino                       94

Podere Sabbioni 2020 Ribona della Famiglia Bio Colli Maceratesi    94

Poggio di Sotto 2020 Rosso di Montalcino                             94

Ronco dei Tassi 2021 Malvasia Collio                      94

Speri 2018 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Sant’Urbano    94

Tenuta Ansitz Waldgries 2021 Santa Maddalena Classico Alto Adige           94

Tenute Chiaromonte 2019 Gioia del Colle Primitivo Muro Sant’Angelo Contrada Barbatto          94

Tenuta del Travale 2019 Nerello Mascalese Eleuteria Calabria    94

Tenuta delle Terre Nere 2020 Etna Rosso Guardiola           94

Tenuta di Sesta 2017 Brunello di Montalcino                 94

Tommasi 2011 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico De Buris Riserva   94

Vini Franchetti/Passopisciaro 2020 Contrada R Sicilia        94

Vinisola 2021 Moscato Demi-Sec Shalai Pantelleria                       94


Alberto Burzi 2018 Barolo                                                           93

Andrea Felici 2019 Castelli di Jesi Verdicchio Classico Vigna Il Cantico della Figura Riserva                93

Bel Colle 2013 Barolo 10 Anni Riserva                            93

Bibbiano –2019 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna del Capannino                  93

Bindella 2019 VinoNobile di Montepulciano I Quadri           93

Borgogno 2015 Barolo Riserva                                  93

Boscarelli 2018 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Il Nocio            93

Bovio 2018 Barolo Gattera                                                            93

Bruno Rocca 2019 Barbaresco                                                     93

Cantina Girlan 2019 Gewurztraminer Vendemmia Tardiva Pasithea Oro Alto Adige               93

Cantina Kurtatsch 2018 Alto Adige Cabernet Sauvignon Freienfeld Riserva                        93

Cantina Produttori Valle Isarco 2021 Kerner Aristos Alto Adige Valle Isarco                93

Cantina Santadi 2018 Carignano del Sulcis Superiore Terre Brune   93

Casella 2016 Tazzelenghe Friuli Colli Orientali                          93

Colterenzio 2020 Sauvignon Lafóa Alto Adige               93

De Vescovi Ulzbach 2019 Teroldego Rotaliano Vigilius        93

Del Poggio 2017 Verduzzo Passito Vulpe Passum                       93

Di Meo 2013 Fiano di Avellino Alessandra Riserva              93

Domenico Clerico 2018 Barolo Ginestra Ciabot Mentin           93

Donato D’Angelo di Filomena Ruppi 2020 Aglianico del Vulture Calice                 93

Fratelli Pardi 2019 Montefalco Rosso Riserva                93

G.D. Vajra 2018 Barolo Bricco delle Viole                            93

Giovanni Abrigo 2019 Barolo Ravera                                         93

Guerrieri Gonzaga /San Leonardo 2017 San Leonardo Trentino            93

I Custodi delle Vigne dell’Etna 2021 Etna Bianco Aedes          93

Il Mosnel 2016 Franciacorta Pas Dosé Parosé                  93

La Viarte 2013 Tazzelenghe Riserva Friuli Colli Orientali         93

La Vrille 2020 Chambave Muscat Flétri Valle d’Aosta         93

Lamole di Lamole 2019 Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Vigna Grospoli                93

Le Vigne di Silvia 2019 Cabernet Franc Itinerante Toscana        93

Lorenzo Begali 2017 Amarone della Valpolicella Cl. Monte Ca’ Bianca Riserva               93

Luigi Oddero 2018 Barolo Vignarionda                                      93

Luigi Spertino 2021 Grignolino d’Asti                                        93

Lo Triolet 2021  Pinot Gris Valle d’Aosta                      93

Manincor 2020 Moscato Giallo Alto Adige                           93

Marisa Cuomo 2021 Costa d’Amalfi Furore Bianco Fiorduva   93

Markus Prackwieser 2019 Pinot Bianco Renaissance Riserva Gump Hof Alto Adige                  93

Marotti Campi 2020 Lacrima di Morro d’Alba Superiore Orgiolo                 93

Masi 2016 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Costasera Riserva                  93

Medici Ermete NV Lambrusco Metodo Classico Rosé Unique   93

Michele Chiarlo 2018 Barolo Cerequio                           93

Monte delle Vigne 2021 Malvasia Callas Colli di Parma              93

Montevetrano 2020 Montevetrano Colli di Salerno               93

Nals Margreid 2020 Moscato Giallo Sun Alto Adige            93

Nicola Balter 2015  Trento Pas Dosé Balter Riserva                    93

Pieropan 2020 Soave Classico La Rocca                         93

Pietracupa 2020 Greco Campania                             93

Pievalta 2019 Castelli di Jesi Verdicchio Classico San Paolo Riserva                 93

Pio Cesare 2018 Barolo Mosconi                               93

Primosic 2021 Ribolla Gialla Think Yellow Venezia Giulia       93

Rocca del Principe 2019 Fiano di Avellino Tognano Riserva    93

Scubla 2019 Verduzzo Passito Cratis FCO                      93

Tenuta di Tavignano 2019 Castelli di Jesi Verdicchio Classico Riserva Misco            93

Tenuta Pradase/Valdo 2018 Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Metodo Classico Millesimato Brut                93

Tenute Lunelli/Castelbuono 2018 Montefalco Sagrantino Campo alla Cerqua                     93

Terenzuola 2020 Merla della Miniera Toscana                           93

Terra dei Re 2018 Aglianico del Vulture Nocte                     93

Terre de la Custodia 2016 Montefalco Sagrantino Exubera Rock                    93

Uberti 2018 Franciacorta Brut Satèn Magnificentia                93

Vietti 2018 Barolo Rocche di Castiglione                         93

Villa Raiano 2020 Fiano di Avellino Ventidue               93

Zenato 2016 Amarone della Valpolicella Cl. Sergio Zenato Riserva                   93


A’ Vita 2017 Cirò Rosso Classico Superiore Riserva              92

Alta Mora 2019 Etna Rosso Alta Mora                            92

Andreola 2021Valdobbiadene Rive di Refrontolo Brut Col del Forno    92

Anselmi 2021 Capitel Croce Veneto                                 92

Antonelli–San Marco 2019 Spoleto Trebbiano Spoletino Anteprima Tonda                 92

Barberani Orvieto Classico Superiore Luigi e Giovanna               92

Bellavista 2017 Franciacorta Brut Rosé                           92

Bertani 2020 Valpolicella Classico Ognisanti                  92

BiancaVigna 2021 Conegliano Valdobbiadene Rive di Ogliano Extra Brut                  92

Boccadigabbia 2020 Ribona Le Grane                                         92

Bortolomiol 2020 Valdobbiadene Rive di Col San Martino 70th Anniversary               92

Ca’ La Bionda 2020 Valpolicella Classico                                  92

Ca’Rugate 2019 Soave Classico Monte Alto                    92

Cascina Gavetta 2020 Nascetta del Comune di Novello             92

Castel de Paolis 2020 Donna Adriana Lazio                           92

Castelvecchio 2021 Malvasia Dileo Carso                       92

Castello di Verduno 2021 Verduno Pelaverga Basadone             92

Cavalchina 2020 Custoza Superiore Amedeo                  92

Cavalleri NV Franciacorta Brut                                                   92

Cave du Mont 2021 Blanc Blanc de Morgex et La Salle        92

Collavini 2021 Ribolla Gialla Turian FCO                  92

Colle Manora 2019 Albarossa Ray                                              92

Colombo 2018 Alta Langa Brut Blanc de Blancs                    92

Contadi Castaldi NV Franciacorta Brut                                      92

Cottanera 2019 Etna Rosso Feudo di Mezzo                   92

Decugnano dei Barbi 2020 Orvieto Clssico Superiore Muffa Nobile Pourriture Noble                      92

Draga/Miklus 2018 Ribolla Gialla Miklus Natural Art               92

Fattoria Monticino Rosso 2020 Romagna Albana Secco Codronchio                   92

Fattoria Zerbina 2021 Romagna Albana Secco Bianco di Ceparano                92

Felline 2017 Susumaniello Sum Torre Guaceto Puglia           92

Ferghettina 2014 Franciacorta Extra Brut Eronero                92

Giovanni Avanzi 2021 Valtènesi Chiaretto Antitesi                 92

Guido Berlucchi 2015 Franciacorta Nature 61                      92

Giacomelli 2021 Colli di Luni Vermentino Boboli                 92

Giovanni Almondo 2020 Roero Arneis Le Rive del Bricco delle Ciliegie              92

Giovanna Madonia 2021 Albana Secco Neblina                   92

Giuseppe Gabbas 2019 Cannonau di Sardegna Classico Dule   92

Giuseppe Sedilesu 2020 Cannonau di Sardegna Mamuthone     92

Ka’Manciné 2021 Dolceacqua Galeae                            92

Librandi 2020 Cirò Rosso Classico Superiore Duca Sanfelice Riserva                 92

Lo Sparviere 2015 Franciacorta Dosaggio Zero Riserva            92

Masseria Li Veli 2021 Verdeca Askos                     92

Massimo Ciarcia Merlot Poggio Regio Toscana                         92

Malvirà 2020 Roero Arneis Vigneto Saglietto Riserva           92

Marcalberto 2018 Alta Langa Extra Brut Millesimo2Mila18    92

Masone Mannu 2021 Vermentino di Gallura Petrizza         92

Monchiero Carbone 2018 Roero Arneis Renesio Incisa Riserva  92

Noelia Ricci 2020 Romagna Sangiovese Predappio Godenza     92

Ottella 2020 Lugana Molceo Riserva Superiore               92

Pala 2021 Vermentino Stellato Sardegna                         92

Palazzone 2019 Orvieto Classico Superiore Campo del Guardiano   92

Paltrinieri 2021 Lambrusco di Sorbara Leclisse                  92

Panizzi 2018 Vernaccia di San Gimignano Riserva               92

Pasqua 2015 Amarone della Valpolicella Mai Dire Mai        92

Pietradolce 2020 Etna Rosso Archineri                           92

Planeta 2021 Frappato Vittoria                                 92

Poderi Colla 2018 Barolo Bussia Dardi Le Rose                        92

Poggio Verrano 2021 Alicante Bouschet Infinity Toscana Rosso                 92

Roeno 2017 Valdadige Terra dei Forti Enantio 1865 Pre-Fillossera Riserva                  92

Sergio Mottura 2021 Grechetto Poggio della Costa               92

Suavia 2020 Soave Classico Monte Carbonare                      92

Surrau 2021 Vermentino di Gallura Superiore Sciala             92

Tamburino Sardo 2021 Custoza                                                 92

Tasca d’Almerita/Tascante 2019 Etna Rosso Contrada Rampante    92

Tasi 2021 Valpolicella                                                                   92

Tenuta di Fiorano 2020 Fiorano Bianco Lazio               92

Tenuta Il Falchetto 2021Moscato d’Asti Canelli Tenuta del Fant  92

Tenuta Luisa 2020 Ribolla Gialla Venezia Giulia                  92

Tenuta Parco dei Monaci 2018 Matera Moro Spaccasassi         92

Tenuta Sant’Antonio 2019 Valpolicella Superiore La Bandina       92

Tenuta Santa Caterina 2017 Grignolino d’Asti Monferace       92

Tornatore 2019 Etna Rosso Contrada Calderara                    92

Tenute Bosco 2020 Etna Rosso Piano dei Daini                    92

Tunella 2020 Picolit FCO                                         92

Torrevento 2021 Nero di Troia Torre del Falco Puglia        92

Torraccia del Piantavigna 2015  Ghemme Vigna Pelizzane     92

Tudernum 2020 Grechetto Sup. Colle Nobile                 92

Vietto 2020 Nascetta del Comune di Novello Giuana                  92

Volpe Pasini 2021 Pinot Bianco Zuc di Volpe FCO                  92


Anna Maria Abbona 2018 Dogliani Superiore San Bernardo   91

Antiche Cantine Migliaccio 2021 Biancolella di Ponza Lazio  91

AR.PE.PE. 2020 Nebbiolo Rosso di Valtellina               91

Belisario 2019 Verdicchio di Matelica Cambrugiano Riserva    91

Claudio Mariotto 2020 Colli Tortonesi Timorasso Pitasso          91

Collestefano 2021 Verdicchio di Matelica Collestefano       91

Cosimo Taurino 2017 Notarpanaro Salento Puglia               91

Costaripa 2018 Valtènesi Chiaretto Molmenti                91

Fradiles 2020 Mandrolisai Fradiles                                 91

Ioppa 2017 Ghemme Santa Fé                                 91

Leone de Castris 2021 Five Roses 78° Anniversario             91

Mirabella 2015 Franciacorta Dosaggio Zero Døm Riserva          91

Morella Old Vines Primitivo Puglia                                91

Nino Negri 2021 Valtellina Superiore Valgella Vigneto Fracia  91

Pasini San Giovanni 2020 Valtènesi Chiaretto Lettera C            91

Rosset Terroir Valle d’Aosta Sopraquota 900 Valle d’Aosta    91

Schiopetto 2021 Friulano Collio                               91

Sella & Mosca 2020 Alghero Torbato Catore                91

Umani Ronchi 2020 Castelli di Jesi Verdicchio Classico Riserva Plenio                91

Zorzettig 2020 Pinot Bianco Myò FCO                          91


Cantele 2019 Salice Salentino Rosso Riserva                 90

Cantine Lunae Bosoni 2021 Colli di Luni Vermentino Lunae Etichetta Nera          90

Casale del Giglio 2021 Bellone Anthium Lazio             90

Le Caniette 2018 Rosso Piceno Superiore Morellone            90

Ômina Romana 2020 Viognier Ars Magna Lazio                      90

Russiz Superiore 2021 Pinot Grigio Mongris Collio             90


Ian D'Agata

Editor-in-Chief of Terroir Sense Wine Review
President of Terroir Sense Academy
Vice President of Association Internationale des Terroirs
Chief Scientific Officer of TasteSpirit

Ian D’Agata has been writing and educating about wines for over thirty years. Internationally recognized as an distinguished expert, critic and writer on many wine regions, his two most recent, award winning books Native Wine Grapes of Italy and Italy's Native Wine Grape Terroirs (both published by University of California Press) are widely viewed as the "state of the art" textbooks on the subject. The former book won the Louis Roederer International Wine Awards Book of the Year in 2015 and was ranked as the top wine books of the year for the Los Angeles Times, the Financial Times and the New York Times, while the latter was named among the best wine books of the year by Food & Wine Magazine and the NY Times.

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    • The honour is all ours, and congratulations again for all your wonderful wines, yours is truly a quality iconic wine estate of Italy!

  • Ian,
    What a great list. There is truly something for everyone here, regardless of what type of wine you like to drink. Many tried and true favorites, and some new wines to explore. I appreciate the balance of vini rossi and bianchi. Complimenti!!

    • Thanks for the appreciation, we aim to please. If you have time, do let me know what wines from Italy released this year you liked, ranging from the very inexpensive but good buy category to the harder to get more expensive and famous set. Really, I’m interested in what our readers think and like, and I know you are one of our more assiduous ones, so really, thank-you. And happy 2023 again! Ian

      • Ian,
        Thanks for asking me to share some thoughts. It always impresses me how you and others can narrow the wines down and create a list like this. And I certainly don’t have the volume of wines tasted, but here are some of the more outstanding wines I’ve tried in 2022 (not all released in this year):
        Wine of the Year, Rosso: Castello di Romitorio Filo di Seta Riserva 2016. Inaugural release of the Riserva versions of one of my favorites. Blew me away: so pure, elegant and powerful. Crazy expensive, but worth the price.
        Runner up: Solaia 2015. Don’t need to say much more about this, it’s always amazing.
        Wine of the Year, Bianco: Valentini Trebbiano d’Abruzzo 2016. My introduction to this producer was memorable, I was stunned by the depth and complexity. So glad I have a few more of these.
        Happiest Discovery: Kye Langhe Freisa 2017. At your recommendation I tried this Freisa for the first time, and it was yummy! Now I’m a big fan.

        Some other nice wines that I tried at much better price points:
        Rosso: Belaria Brunello 2016. Great depth and complexity.
        Terre Nere Montalcino Brunello Riserva 2016, LaMagia Brunello 2016. I’ve become a big fan of both of these producers.
        Kirkland Barolo 2016: Shockingly good at an amazing price point.
        Terre Nere Etna Rosso 2018: Love the acidity and minerality.
        Bianco: Ca dei Fratti Lugana Brolettino 2019. Lugana is such a fabulous summer wine, and this one is beautiful.
        Umani Ronchi Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore Casal di Serra 2019. Another very well priced standout.
        Bubbles: Bortolotti Prosecco Superiore Brut. This Prosecco has a good price point and drinks like champagne. Really enjoyable.

        I’m planning to visit several of the tasting events here in the US this coming year, focusing on Italian wine, and I look forward to some new and exciting wines. And again best wishes to you for a great 2023.

        • Hey, looove your list, there are many of my favourites in there too, so I guess we have the same tastes. In fact, take a gander at my World’s Best Buy Wines 2022 coming out this Friday…you might find a name or two you know and like too! 😉 What can I say, great minds think (and taste) alike! 🙂 🙂 🙂

          • I do believe you are correct about similarity of tastes, and one of the reasons I rely on your reviews! Great to hear about the value wine list, I need to find some good weekday wines!!

  • Proud to be there with our Shalai 2021 – Pantelleria Dop Moscato Spumante Demi-Sec.
    In the middle of a such prestigious list of wines.
    Thanks and Happy New Year from Pantelleria

  • It ius us who are honoured to have you in our year’s End Best of List! Congratulations on a job well done, really looking forwarsd to visiting your beautiful winery and island sometime this year! ian

Ian D'Agata