Bored of Barolo and apathetic about Amarone? Italy has a wealth of lesser known grape varieties that are worth exploring. Here are some of our favourites...

While the famous Italian reds such as Barolo, Brunello di Montalcino and Amarone garner most of the international praise, spare a thought for the unsung grapes – of which there are hundreds of indigenous varieties – that can be picked up for a fraction of the cost but offer immediate drinking pleasure.

 

Here are a selection of the Tasting teams’ favourite unsung Italian reds that are ready to drink.

Unsung Italian reds: