Americans’ love affair with Italian wine has raised awareness of that country’s greatest appellations. Barolo, Barbaresco, Chianti, and Brunello are well-known in the States, but their high status also translates to high prices. Lying quietly within many of these regions are smaller sub-regions that produce delicious wines from the exact same grapes. Wine lovers seeking affordable Italian options should discover these hidden gems.
In my latest article for The Daily Meal we will journey to some of Italy’s hidden in plain sight wine regions. Val d’Orcia, Roero, and Franciacorta produce high quality wines from grapes you are already familiar, at value prices. These are beautiful regions making beautiful wines.
Disclaimer: I visited Val d’Orcia and Franciacorta on press research trips. All thoughts and opinions are my own.