The best white wines to drink this summer

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Summer white wines are the stars of this reading. Summer is the perfect season to enjoy a cool, light glass of white wine, perhaps in a winery surrounded by greenery or on a rooftop terrace. But what are the best wines to drink in summer? How do they pair with food? In which wineries to taste them?

In this article, we will explore some of the most popular varieties of fresh, light white wines and discuss how to pair them with summer dishes. In addition, we will recommend some Italian wineries where you can taste these wines while discovering the secrets of their production.

Whether you are a wine aficionado or a neophyte, this article will guide you to discover the best summer white wines to taste in your cellar during the summer.

The different types of summer white wines

What wine to drink in summer? There are several varieties of summer white wines, each with its own characteristics.

Among the grape varieties that cannot be missed during your summer tastings are these 5:

  • the Pinot Grigio, originally from northern Italy, which yields wines with a dry, slightly fruity flavor accompanied by notes of apple, pear and white flowers.
  • the Gavi, originally from Piedmont, which produces wines with a dry, fresh and fruity flavor, with notes of green apple, peach and flowers.
  • Lugana, on the other hand, is native to Lake Garda and produces wines with a fresh, mineral flavor, with notes of exotic fruit and white flowers.
  • Chardonnay, originally from Burgundy but now one of the most widely grown grape varieties in the world, gives rise to wines with a soft, buttery flavor, with notes of yellow fruit, citrus and vanilla.
  • Sauvignon Blanc, originally from the Loire, creates wines with a fresh, fruity flavor, with notes of citrus, cut grass and pepper.

Each variety has its own flavor profile but all are perfect for cooling off during the summer season.

How I pair white wines with food this summer

Once the wine is chosen, how do I pair it?

Fresh and light summer white wines can be successfully paired with a wide range of seafood dishes, salads, grilled vegetables and fresh cheeses.

Pinot Grigio, with its slightly fruity flavor and balanced acidity, goes well with grilled vegetables, fresh cheeses, and white meats such as chicken. Gavi, with its dry and fruity flavor, goes well with fish, seafood, vegetables and cheeses. Lugana can be successfully paired with dishes such as trout, whitefish, perch and carp, which are common in northern Italian lakes. Sauvignon Blanc pairs well with white fish dishes such as trout, turbot and sea bass, but also with seafood such as shrimp, squid and mussels. Finally, Chardonnay goes well with fatty fish dishes such as salmon, tuna and swordfish.

Let’s now see which wineries you can taste these wonderful white wines.

1. Wineries where Chardonnay can be tastedwhite wine summer

If you are looking for a white wine that is versatile, rich and full of personality, Chardonnay is definitely a winning choice.

This grape variety has become one of the most popular white grapes in the world, thanks to its ability to express itself differently depending on the climatic conditions and winemaking methods used.

In which wineries can you find it?

  • Castello di Roncade, with over a thousand years of history. The landscape surrounding the Castle is dominated by vineyards, as many as one hundred and ten hectares planted with vines. We are located in Roncade a few minutes from the province of Venice. The terroir characterized by a microclimate with low rainfall and a layer of “caranto” a few centimeters deep, allow the winery to produce quality wines, including Chardonnay.

 

  • Lungarotti, tells us a long story of love for the land that spans many generations. Today, the winery continues its journey focused on quality production, under the sign of sustainability, thanks to the commitment, passion and expertise of daughters Chiara and Teresa, joined by their mother Maria Grazia and grandchildren Francesco and Gemma. We are located in Torgiano, in the province of Perugia.

 

  • Goretti, we remain in Umbria telling a story that began in the early 1900s and has been handed down from father to son with the succession of four generations. The Goretti estate stands on a hilly territory on the outskirts of Perugia, where the alternation of sunrises and sunsets capable of generating intense colors and evocative panoramas, together with the fertile Umbrian soil, give life to vineyards whose wines are able to transcend the boundaries of their territory, earning international success.

 

  • Cinque Quinti, a winery in Cella Monte, located in the heart of Monferrato, entirely run by five siblings Fabrizio, Martina, Michele, Francesca and Mario, who decided to carry on the family business. The project was born during the 2015 harvest, when Michele and Fabrizio, decided to keep a small portion of selected grapes to experiment with a first wine production.

2. In which wineries can I find Sauvignon Blanc?fresh white wine summer

Sauvignon Blanc is a varietal that is distinguished by some unique characteristics. In some production areas, such as New Zealand, Sauvignon Blanc can also show notes of herbs, such as sage or rosemary, which make it even more interesting.

This grape variety is very sensitive to climatic conditions, which means that the wine produced can vary greatly depending on the production area and vintage.

Where can you taste it?

  • Pfitscher, a South Tyrolean family that engages in viticulture with tireless commitment and total dedication. We are in Montagna, just south of Bolzano, South Tyrol. Since 1861, with more than a century and a half and handing down knowledge and know-how from father to son for seven generations, wines bearing the “Pfitscher” label come to life. Between the rows of vines, they never lose sight of what is the main goal: to reduce any artificial intervention to a minimum, to arrive at blunt, concentrated and natural grapes.

 

  • Monfort, was founded in 1945 when the Simoni family began marketing wines in Palù di Giovo, in Val di Cembra. The winery’s activity has always been aimed at respecting the traditions of the territory and the search for quality, with the goal of giving life to a project of enhancing the value of native grape varieties.

 

  • Blasi, a winery located in Umbertide and which, like all of Umbria, has an ancient winemaking tradition. The Blasi family has decided on the one hand to plant some native Umbrian grape varieties of established quality such as Trebbiano Spoletino, Grechetto and Sangrantino, and on the other hand to focus on international grape varieties best suited to the microclimate and soils of their estate: from Merlot to Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon, from Chardonnay to Sauvignon Blanc.

3. Lugana in the cellarwine cellar

Now let’s talk about the Lugana grape variety, native to northern Italy, grown mainly in the Lake Garda area, particularly in the province of Brescia. The grapes of this variety produce dry white wines with a straw-yellow color with greenish reflections.

One of the most interesting characteristics of Lugana is its versatility: it can be vinified in different styles, from the freshest and fruity to the most structured and complex. In addition, Lugana is known for its balanced acidity and its ability to age well, developing aromas of dried fruit and honey.

In which wineries can you taste it?

  • Costa Arente, located in the municipality of Grezzana (VR), in the heart of Valpantena, one of the valleys where the prestigious wines of the Valpolicella appellation are produced. The winery takes its name from “La Costa” (‘costa’ means ‘hill’ or ‘ridge’ in Veronese dialect), and is precisely located on the top of a hill, with vineyards on three sides. It covers 35 hectares, 17 of which are planted with vines, raised with typical Valpolicella varieties, using the classic Veronese pergola.

 

  • Pratello, an organic farm located in the historic hamlet of the same name on Lake Garda. Dedicated to the preservation and development of typical grape varieties, as well as the cultivation and harvesting of fruits and vegetables from the garden, the farm offers a wide range of food and wine products of high quality and excellent taste.

 

  • Ca Maiol, today a balanced blend of history and modernity, was born in the late 1960s. More precisely, it was 1967 when Walter Contato, a wine enthusiast of Milanese origin, decided to found the winery in Desenzano del Garda.

 

  • Cobue, covers a total area of 25 hectares of which more than 17 are vineyards, the flagship of Cobue production. We are located in Pozzolengo, in the province of Brescia.

4. Where can I taste Gavi?gavi wine glass

Thanks to its distinctive characteristics and growing popularity, Gavi has become one of the most popular Italian white wines in the world, representing an excellent choice for those seeking a fresh, aromatic wine with the distinctive character of the Piemonte region. It is grown mainly in the Piemonte region of Italy, and the grapes produced from this varietal yield wines with a light straw color with greenish highlights.

In which wineries can you find it?

  • Broglia, one of the historic brands in the Gavi area, an area that has been famous for centuries for producing great white wines. The winery is managed by the third generation, which carries on the project with passion and expertise, with the intention of enhancing the territory through the production of quality wines. The vineyards cover over sixty hectares and are managed in harmony with a natural environment rich in biodiversity.

 

  • La Scolca, the second of the historic estates in the Gavi area. The property was purchased by the Soldati family in 1919 and is now managed by Chiara Soldati, who represents the fourth generation. The estate admirably combines the great traditions and savoir-faire of the past with a focus on innovation and a desire to always improve the quality of production, both in the vineyard and in the cellar.

5. Pinot Grigio to taste at the winery

A varietal that originated in Burgundy, Pinot Grigio grapes produce wines with a pale straw yellow color with golden highlights, characterized by a delicate, fruity aroma, with notes of white-fleshed fruits such as apple and pear, and light floral notes.

Pinot Grigio, as we mentioned for Lugana, is known for its ability to adapt to different styles of winemaking. It can be vinified in a fresh and fruity style, suitable for drinking young, or in a more structured and complex style, ideal for aging in the bottle.

Where to have a Pinot Grigio tasting?

  • Rechsteiner, a winery located in Piavon di Oderzo in the Treviso area. La Barchessa, a villa that dates back to the 1600s, opens its gates to you and its “janitor,” as Florian Von Stepski Doiwa, the fifth generation at the helm of the winery, likes to call himself, takes you on a pleasant discovery of this meeting place of tradition, nature, crafts and flavors.
  • Kettmeir, a historic winery nestled in the vineyards of South Tyrol, was founded in 1919 by Joseph Kettmeier, an oenologist and agronomic engineer, in the picturesque area of Kaltern. Innovators yes, but with the conscious eye that one should not leave the heritage of tradition, preserved as a fundamental link with the land and one’s own history. Today the ownership is entrusted to the Santa Margherita group.
  • Hofstätter, a historic brand in Alto Adige, a reality managed by the wise foresight of Martin Foradori, heir to an ancient family of winemakers in the area who owned excellent vineyards on the eastern side of the Adige Valley. The attachment to the most authentic traditions of the area and of the family has not prevented Martin Foradori from investing in technology and creating a state-of-the-art winery, for example by equipping himself with new, energy-efficient conical concrete barrels.
  • Girlan, a success story with a long tradition that has grown from a small business founded by a few partners into a large winery, acquiring year after year the best plots of land in Oltradige and Bassa Altesina, thus becoming a point of reference for the entire area. Girlan’s vineyards are located on gentle, breezy slopes, surrounded by the quiet of the Dolomites.

We hope we have provided you with some useful tips on white wines to taste during the summer. But it didn’t end there. Did you think we had forgotten about bubbles?

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