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Italy: Regional Italy: Italian Merlot

What about Italian Merlot?
Merlot is widely grown around Italy, and is by no means confined to Tuscany where it is often used in Super Tuscan blends (for top Tuscan Merlots refer to the Super Tuscan Best Producer list). While many Italian regions have recently incorporated Merlot in an imitation of the Super Tuscan movement, northeastern Italy has actually been working with the varietal for the better part of the last century. Styles range from heady, oaky, New World-style wines in the south to herbaceous, varietally pure, Bordeaux-accented wines in Alto-Adige, the Veneto, and Friuli—the hotbed of high-quality, and often good value, Merlot production.

Premier Producers
Casale del Giglio (Lazio)
Keber (Riserva, Collio)
Molon Ornella Traverso (Piave)


Great Producers
Barone Fini (Trentino)
Bolla (Colforte, Venezie)
Bollini (Trentino)
Borgo Magredo (Braida Moral, Friuli)
Dori Princic (Friuli)
Livio Felluga (Sosso Riserva, Friuli)
Keber (Normale, Collio)
Lagaria (Venezie)
Setten (Innamorata, Piave)
Tolloy (Alto Adige)
Villa Brunesca (Vigna Mora, Piave)
Elena Walch (Alto Adige)
Zamo & Palazzolo (Friuli)
Zemmer (Alto Adige)


Dependable Producers
Gerardo Cesari (Mitico, Venezie)
La Colombaia (Veneto)
Conti Brandolini d’Adda (Vistora, Friuli)
Livio Felluga (Normale, Friuli)
Leonardini (Piave)
Mezzacorona (Trentino)
La Montecchia (Colli Euganei)
Torre Rosazza (L’Altromerlot, Friuli)
Villa Frattina (Vigneto Quartarezza, Lison-Pramaggiore)

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