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While the bulk of Italy鈥檚 DOCG wine-producing regions aren鈥檛 located in Southern Italy, there are plenty of quality wines fashioned here. The south鈥檚 reputation is predominantly built on the red grapes Aglianico, Primitivo, Negroamaro and Nero D鈥橝vola and the white grapes Vermentino, Greco and Trebbiano. The Taurasi DOCG located in Campania is one of Southern Italy鈥檚 most renowned wines. Vinified from the thick-skinned Aglianico grape, the wine lends brooding dark fruit qualities with a burly structure. Campania white wines shouldn鈥檛 be overlooked, either; the Greco di Tufo DOCG produces zesty, Greco-based whites, which offer copious white fruit and mineral flavors. Further southeast, the region of Puglia is home to Primitivo di Manduria Dolce Naturale DOCG, a decidedly sweet wine based on Primitivo, a varietal that鈥檚 been genetically linked to Zinfandel. Quality wines can also be found in Puglia鈥檚 Salice Salentino DOC, a deeply pigmented and tannic wine based on the Negroamaro varietal. On the island of Sicily, the Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG鈥攁 red blend based on Nero D鈥橝vola鈥攇arners much respect. And of course one cannot overlook the island鈥檚 well-known Marsala DOC, a fortified wine that suffered the reputation of being solely a cooking wine in the 20th century. On Italy鈥檚 other island, Sardegna, located off the southwestern coast, Vermentino di Gallura is produced, a DOCG white wine that pairs beautifully with the island鈥檚 seafood offerings. To discover some Southern Italy鈥檚 best wines and values, visit the Southern Italy Wine Guide for some top picks.

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