Italian Wines Under $30

When our staff was asked to pick their favorite Italian wines under $30, they came back with options ranging from Veneto to Sicily. Guesswork eliminated. Snag a few of these value bottles today—salute!

Centovigne “Rosso della Motta” $14.96

Vinified in Piedmont but farther north than Barolo, this is a leaner Nebbiolo that doesn’t skimp on taut fruit or bright acidity. The small portion of Vespolina that is blended in gives the wine round texture and softens the Nebbiolo’s more aggressive qualities. – Sam Davies, Wines & Spirits Consultant

Verdicchio di Matelica, Collestefano $17.96

Having a house wine on hand gives you the comfort and confidence that whatever may come up, you’ve got what you need. It’s hard to imagine a circumstance this Verdicchio wouldn’t be great in, and for less than $20 this certified-organic wine overdelivers in every way. – Nima Ansari, Spirits Buyer

Huck am Bach Red, St. Magdalener, Cantina Bolzano $21.96

An impressive medium-bodied blend of Schiava and Lagrein that will quench your thirst and pair beautifully with pork, lamb, and pasta (basically all my favorite things). Great acidity, a touch of ashy earthiness, and gorgeous bright red berries that burst out of the glass. Delizioso. – Marc Mousky, Wines & Spirits Consultant

Cerasuolo di Vittoria, Gulfi $21.96

Gulfi’s Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo (a blend of the local grapes Nero d’Avola and Frappato) is close to perfect in the balance of pure, vibrant fruit with earthier, herbal flavors. Tart raspberry and red cherry meet balsamic, leather, and warm spices on the palate–really a wine you could drink with almost anything. – Jon Miner, Wines & Spirits Consultant

Marzemino Nero “Gaggion” Contra Soarda $21.96

A juicy red that’s full of ripe cherry flavors, minerality, and a medium acidity. The finish is long with noticeable licorice notes. A versatile everyday wine that can be paired with red sauce, meat dishes, and cold cuts. Or you can sip it by itself! – Andrea Fraccari, Wines & Spirits Consultant

Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato, Crivelli $21.96

Marco Crivelli of Castagnole Monferrato, northeast of the village of Asti, is a champion of the grape Ruchè, indigenous to Italy. Crivelli’s Ruchè is a kaleidoscope of red flora, black raspberry, black pepper, and cinnamon in a rustic, medium-bodied wine with structured acidity and a mineral backbone. – Jose Banegas, Wines & Spirits Consultant

Kerner, Abbazia Novacella $21.96

Hands down one of my favorite producers from Alto-Adige. Kerner may be off the beaten path of grape varieties, but if you like aromatically boisterous, juicy wines that are super fun to drink, this has your name written all over it – Bambi Ray, Sales Manager

Fioranello Bianco, Tenuta di Fiorano 2018 $24.96

Tenuta di Fiorano’s wines have a regal quality that is palpable. This sturdy white with beautiful texture has yellow fruits and honey on the palate. It’s made from Grechetto Bianco and Viognier grown on the hills outside of Rome. – Teddy Daly, Wines & Spirits Consultant

Badebec Rosso, Cuneaz Nadir 2016 $24.96

This passito-style wine is made and stored in one of the rooms of the family’s home in Vallée d’Aoste, and is majority Petit rouge, with Fumin and Viens de Nus. As a result, It is a more concentrated and rich style than most high-altitude reds. A delicious curiosity that I would highly recommend! – Vince Grace, Wines & Spirits Consultant

Amarone “Campo Leòn,” Latium-Morini $28.96

Quality over quantity’s the name of the game here. Do not be mistaken: this half bottle has a big attitude. It’s a bold red with flavors of black prunes, cherries, raisins, and tobacco. Pairs well with anything from the wood burning grill. – Davit Kirtadze, Wines & Spirits Consultant