There are seriously underrated wines in Italy’s hot south if you know where to look, says Susan Hulme MW, who selects a few examples from 10 of her favourite producers.
Southern Italy rightly has a value-for-money reputation, but it also has the potential to rival great wine regions, thanks to a warm Mediterranean climate, distinctive and characterful grape varieties and a long history of winemaking that goes back to the time of ancient Greece and Rome.
Yet as recently as the mid-1990s, southern Italian wines were still languishing in the doldrums.
Happily, in the last 20 years, much has begun to change; new sub-zones like Campi Flegrei DOC, Cilento and Paestum have created a buzz alongside the historically famous DOCGs of Fiano di Avellino and Taurasi, and the recently trendy Etna DOC. It is clear the south has a very strong hand to play.
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