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Campania

The major wines of Campania are Falanghina (a fresh, easygoing white), Aglianico (a full-bodied red made from the local grape variety), Piedirosso (a simple but tasty red wine), and Lacrima Christi ("tears of Christ", much of it made near Vesuvius).  The most sumptuous wines come from Eastern Campania, such as the rich Taurasi, light Greco di Tufo, and floral Fiano di Avellino.  Specific Wineries:
  • Casa d'Ambra on Ischia, one of the best wineries in the region
  • Feudi di San Gregorio in Irpina, about an hour east of Naples in the Taurasi region
  • Cantina del Mare in Bacoli (near Monte di Procida), where Pasquale Massa makes some fantastic Falanghina (review in Italian).
  • Stappo wine bar in Monte di Procida, Via Panoramica 74, 40 47'29"N - 14 03'24"E.
  • Cantina Solopaca - Via Bebiana 38, near Benevento, 082-497-7921, Open 8-1 every day, plus 3-8 M-Sat, info@cantinasolopaca.it, they also have "vino sfuso" which you can fill up water bottles or other containers by the liter!
  • Contrada Salandra - Via Trepiccioni 40, Pozzuoli, 081-854-1651, their Piedirosso and Falanghina were listed among Slow Food's favorite "everyday wines" (see two reviews in English)
  • Farro - Via Virgilio 16-24, Bacoli/Fusaro, 081-854-5555, their Falanghina, Rosé, and Piedirosso were listed among Slow Food's favorite "everyday wines"
  • La Sibilla - Ottaviano Augusto 19, Bacoli, 081-868-8778, also named a good "everyday wine" by Slow Food.

Elsewhere in Italy

Among the most famous wines of Italy are Brunello (from Montalcino, Tuscany) and Barolo (from Cuneo, Piedmont).  For more information about Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino, take a look at the Montalcino travel section.  Other well-known varieties are Chianti (from a large area of Tuscany), Sagratino (Umbria's answer to Brunello), and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (from the eponomous town in Tuscany).  Also recommended: Amarone della Valpolicella (from Vernona), a robust, full-bodied red and Nero d'Avola (from Sicily), a dark, robust wine from Sicily.  Moio del Massico - another recommended southern Italian wine.

Appellations

Wines in Italy can have VDT, IGT, DOC, and DOCG "appellations"; see the Wikipedia Italian wine page for a good explanation.
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Il Vecchio Casato Rosso Salento 2007? <€5 Drinkable, easygoing table wine; only €1 at Auchan! 
Casa Vinicola Coppi Primitivo (Puglia IGT) 2006 €5-10 simple/uncomplicated, smooth, fruity: plums 
Tenuta Rapitalà Nero d'Avola 2008 €5-10 peppery, rich, dark, blackberries & plums 
Batasiolo Asti DOCG 2008 €5-10 bubbly, sweet but not overly so, $8 at NEX 
Château les Aiguières Saint Emilion 2005 €10-15 delicious, rich, but drinkable--but let it breathe before drinking 
Fontana Delle Selve IGT Beneventano Rosso 2008? <€5 very smooth...not sure of price 
Terradora Taurasi (DOCG) 2003 €10-15 plums/prunes, silky smooth, balanced 
Feudi di San Gregorio Trigaio (Campania Rosso IGT) 2008 <€5 rich cherry & floral nose, mildly acidic, cranberry finish, €2 at Metro great value! 
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