Drinking wine when it’s hot? Certainly. There is no better drink than a glass of fresh, light and lively wine to dispel the torpor of a sultry afternoon or perfume a cheerful dinner enlivened by the evening breeze. Made to be tasted in the shade of a pergola in siesta time, or perhaps in an intimate tête-à-tête at dusk, the summer wines are cheerful, seductive, nervous, savory. These simple and direct wines, with their wild and fruity aromas, are asked to serve as an aperitif, to quench thirst, to accompany a picnic or an evening with friends.
Abruzzo: the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Cerasuolo and the white Trebbiano produced throughout the region.
Basilicata: some types of sweet Moscato and Malvasia, not DOC and the sparkling white Asprinio, also produced in Basilicata without disciplinary.
Calabria: the Donnici Chiaretto, the Cirò Bianco and Rosato, the Melissa Bianco.
Campania: there are many “summer” wines produced in Campania. Among the whites, Fiano di Avellino and Greco di Tufo are undoubtedly proof that important white wines are also produced in our country. For the aperitif the Asprino di Aversa sparkling wine is ideal, but we must not forget the whites of Ischia (Bianconella and Kalimera spumante), those of Capri and the rosé of Ravello.
Emilia Romagna: Albana and Trebbiano above all, but also Lambrusco served fresh, Montuni del Reno sparkling, the rare Bianco di Scandiano, the many whites of the Colli (Piacentini, Bolognesi, Parmigiani) and the Pagadebit also lovable, excellent as an aperitif. With eels, only red Fortana di Bosco Eliceo.
Friuli Venezia Giulia: it is impossible to mention all the Friulian whites, almost always fragrant, fresh, sweet and lively at the same time, in short, wines perfect for the summer, to which we must also add many light and fragrant reds that come from the central plains of the region and even from reclaimed land near the coastal lagoons: Merlot above all and for some years also interesting sparkling wines.
Lazio: all the Castelli Romani wines are fragrant and light whites, perfect to accompany summer dinners: and then Frascati, Marino, Colli Albani, Velletri, etc. In Lazio the problem is, if anything, to find a “winter” wine.
Liguria: in addition to the rare Cinque Terre, the Vermentino, the Pigato and also the reds Ormeasco and Rossese, as long as they are not from Dolceacqua, lend themselves to being eaten fresh to accompany the summer evenings ..
Lombardy: there are first of all the whites (Lugana) and the Chiaretti del Garda. Don’t forget the Oltrepò and Franciacorta sparkling wines.
Marche: Marche’s most suitable wines for the summer are without a doubt Verdicchio, both from Jesi and Matelica, Bianchello del Metauro, with a delicate hint of lemon, Falerio dei Colli Ascolani and the rare Vernaccia di Serrapetrona, a particular red wine , sweet and sparkling.
Piedmont: Piedmont is not the only land of full-bodied and structured reds: there are the delicious Grignolino and Dolcetto, the sparkling Freisa and Brachetto, sometimes lovable and always fragrant, the classy dry whites like Gavi, Arneis and Erbaluce . And what about the many Moscato wines that smell of fruit and the unsurpassable Asti Spumante, the dessert wine par excellence?
Puglia: the Apulian rosé wines are perhaps the most interesting in Italy; but in Puglia they also produce different whites, perfect for picking young people: Locorotondo, Martina Franca, Castel del Monte, Salice Salentino.
Sardinia: many quality whites, from Vermentino to Torbato, from dry Malvasia, perfect as an aperitif, to the pale Nuragus and to the valuable Rosé of Alghero.
Sicily: the homeland of Marsala also produces pleasant and fragrant whites: they are usually classified only as “Typical Sicily” Geographical Indication wines and have fancy names, but with these they are famous throughout the world and certainly have nothing to envy to many ” noble “DOC.
Tuscany: almost all Tuscan whites are based on Trebbiano, light and ready to drink, whether they come from the Chianti hills, from the coastal hills or from the islands. Also interesting are some rosé (Bolgheri in primis), some varieties of young Chianti and, finally, some rarities such as Moscadello di Montalcino and Candia dei Colli Apuani.
Trentino Alto Adige: among the wine varieties produced in these two regions, we must first mention the whites (Sylvaner, Tocai, Sauvignon, Chardonnay), often inimitable; then there are the South Tyrolean red Schiava grapes (Lago di Caldaro first of all), almost rosé and very pleasant to drink fresh, and the famous Trentino sparkling wines.
Umbria: the whites from grechetto grapes and the famous Orvieto that for a long time is no longer sweet and raisin, but dry and drinkable and still the white Torgiano and the many light whites and fragrant reds of the Hills (Altotiberini, del Trasimeno, Martani, Perugini, Amerini) .
Valle d’Aosta: the Blanc de Morgex and de La Salle seems made for the summer and also the sweet and light Vien de Nus is ideal to sip even between meals.
Veneto: the sparkling Prosecco from Conegliano-Valdobbiadene (the most produced sparkling wine in Italy after the Asti) and the Bardolino, Valpolicella, Soave and the Bianco di Custoza from the Verona area of Verona and the many Tocai and Chardonnay stand out in the vast Venetian production. some exceptions, in short, the Veneto wines are all light and ready to drink, perfect for summer lunches, not very demanding and structured.