Italian Wines Under $20

When our staff was asked to pick their favorite Italian wines under $20, they came back with options ranging from Tuscany to Sicily. Guesswork eliminated. Snag a few of these value bottles today—salute!

Rosé Nerello Mascalese “Roceno”, Sibiliana – 2020 $9.96

This is the kind of wine I’d easily pay twice as much for if it wasn’t such a killer deal. It over-delivers in every way. Period. – Bambi Ray, Sales Manager 

Cannonau di Sardegna “Le Bombarde” – 2018 $11.96

Originally brought to Sicily by the Greeks in the 7th century, Inzolia is most often blended with Cataratto and Grillo for Marsala. It makes a lovely wine on it’s own, however, especially in the hands of an old-school producer like Feudo Montoni. The grape has a beautiful golden skin that gives the wine a rich yellow color. You’ll find aromas of ripe pear, honey, and hot tire/petrol, almost Riesling-like, but on the palate it’s full bodied and minerally with floral and almond notes. – Amy Miller, Wines & Spirits Consultant

Salice Salentino, Taurino – 2011 $15.96

A rare treat of an affordably priced wine with 10 years of age on it that’s drinking wonderfully right now. Salice Salentino is not an overly tannic wine to begin with, but here it transforms with bottle age from a good but rustic table red into a wine of character and refinement. – Josh Mizrahi, Sales Manager

Brio, Castello di Romitorio 2018 $16.99

A superior, every day drinker from artist/wine maker Sandro Chia. It’s very open and accessible immediately. Vivacious red fruits and dried herbs are on the palate with velvet-like tannins. Next level pizza wine. – Teddy Daly, Wines & Spirits Consultant

Falanghina del Sannio, Nifo Sarrapochiello – 2019 $18.96

When I need an Italian white, I look first to Campania and its rich volcanic soils. This is an excellent example of the autochthonous Falanghina grape: unoaked and intensely aromatic, with quince and candied pear, lemon zest, mountain flowers, and hints of sage coming together on the nose. – Jon Miner, Wines & Spirits Consultant

Inzolia dei Fornelli, Feudo Montoni – 2018 $18.99

Originally brought to Sicily by the Greeks in the 7th century, Inzolia is most often blended with Cataratto and Grillo for Marsala. It makes a lovely wine on it’s own, however, especially in the hands of an old-school producer like Feudo Montoni. The grape has a beautiful golden skin that gives the wine a rich yellow color. You’ll find aromas of ripe pear, honey, and hot tire/petrol, almost riesling-like, but on the palate it’s full bodied and minerally with floral and almond notes. – Amy Miller, Wines & Spirits Consultant