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9 Best Italian Wines for Valentine's Day

9 Best Italian Wines for Valentine's Day

Choosing the best wines for Valentine’s Day can not only be difficult – it can be downright daunting. After all, there are so many factors to think about. What will your partner think of the wine you’ve chosen? Will one bottle say too much, while another say too little? And most importantly, will the wine match your current relationship status and the food you’re pairing it with?

Fear not, amici. We've asked our wine experts to give us some advice on choosing the perfect wine so that you can enjoy love at first sip.

If You’re Going On a First Date

First dates can be awkward. While trying not to stumble over your words, you want to be thoughtful and show your date you really care, without investing too much. To make the right impression, we suggest starting with a vino that’s light, young, and easygoing. See our top picks below.

Ferrari Brut Trentodoc, Trentino

Bubbly and refreshing, a glass of bollicine is just what you need to start the night off right. We’re head over heels for this bottle, which hails from Trentino, a mountainous region in northern Italy. Made with 100% Chardonnay grapes, and featuring a lively, straw yellow color and a fresh and fruity nose, it's the perfect way to set the mood. Pair with an antipasto board of top-notch salumi and formaggi to impress.

La Mozza Sangiovese, Toscana

The sheer fact that this wine can be paired with fun, down-to-earth foods like pizza and barbecue makes this our top pick for any first date. Made from 85% Morellino grapes (the local name for Sangiovese), it’s juicy, bright, with intriguing undertones of spice and licorice. Pairs well with tomato-based pizza and grilled pork.

Certosa di Belriguardo Chianti Classico

This floral red is a blend of 95% Sangiovese and 5% Merlot. Set against the Tuscan hills near Siena, the winemaking tradition first started by Tuscan monks is now carried on by none other than Gianna Nannini, one of Italy's foremost female rock singers and now a skilled winemaker in her own right. This red boasts pretty notes of violets and red fruits, which lead into a dry finish with a touch of soft tannins. In other words? Pair this dynamic Chianti with an Italian soundtrack, and open up your palates and ears to a Tuscan-inspired evening.

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If You’re in a Young Relationship

Ah yes – the budding of a new love! By now you know your partner fairly well and are able to distinguish his or her tastes. You’re committed and want to show you care by choosing a bottle to match your plans and your partner’s preferences – just so long as it’s not overdone. Nothing screams desperate like trying too hard to impress.

Col d'Orcia Rosso di Montalcino

Col d'Orcia is the largest organic wine producer in all of Toscana, located in the breathtaking Val d'Orcia. The south-facing sunkissed hills are protected from harsh changes in climate, and the soil is rich in limestone and minerals, making for an ideal growing season. In the words of our wine experts, consider this bottle “supple and easy drinking with soft notes of mint and blood orange." Perfectly pleasant for aperitivo, try this with hard cheeses and salumi.

Trerose Rosso di Montepulciano

Located in a picturesque estate on the slopes of Valiano di Montepulciano, the climate is influenced by the nearby Lago di Trasimeno. If you're looking for a vino rosso with personality but that's easy to enjoy, consider this your pick. This wine bursts from the glass with notes of currants, blackberries and brandied cherries. The supple mouthfeel make this a perfect wine for pizza – and who can argue with that pairing?

Fattoria del Cerro Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

Made with 90% Prugnolo Gentile (that's the local term for Sangiovese) and 10% Mammolo grapes, the winemakers of Fattoria del Cerro have been producing elegant yet approachable red wines in the heart of Toscana for over 40 years.  Take just one sip, and you'll see why we fell for this bottle (and why it's a perfect choice for a Valentine's Day feast): on the nose are notes of wild black cherry, violets and vanilla, it is bold at the palate with silky tannins, makes a perfect match for aged cheeses or grilled meats.


If You’re Committed to the Long Run

You’ve said forever and know your amore better than anyone else. What better way to express your profound feelings than with a wine that’s equally as deep and complex? Below are some of our favorite wines for those looking to sip something slightly more mature.

Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino, Toscana

This bold red comes from the much-lauded Montalcino area of Toscana, known for its production of Sangiovese grapes. This 100% Sangiovese Grosso-based wine is dense and rich, with aromatic notes of violets, licorice, and dried herbs. Perfect with a seared steak (get the recipe for our tagliata di manzo) or grilled lamb chops.

Renzo Masi Chianti Rufina Riserva

There’s lots to love in this powerful, rich, deep-fruited and spicy Chianti Riserva from Renzo Masi. The vineyard is located in the heart of the Chianti Rufina, arguably the most famous of the seven DOCG sub-zones in the Chianti region. The almost continental microclimate helps this wine retain its tannins and acidity. Enjoy this with a rich pasta, such as tagliatelle alla bolognese.

Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Gran Selezione

This wine encapsulates the best of the Chianti Classico production zone: the deep ruby-red color gives a hint of the rich purple fruit character of the wine, while a touch of vanilla from oak aging permeates the finish. Made with 90% Sangiovese grapes and 10% Colorino, the Zingarelli family shows just how well they have mastered the art of Chianti Classico – and this will be a memorable bottle that you and dining partner won't forget.


Ready to get a sip? Visit your local Eataly wine shop or shop online to pick up the best wines for Valentine's Day!