Italy has a great variety, great value, and great quality of Wines from simple regional wines to the sort of internationally acclaimed styles that win friends and influence people the world over.
Italy might often be associated with raffia fiaschi of Chianti, but its reputation rests on the great wines of Montalcino and Barolo; the Amarones of Veneto, and the sought-after Super Tuscans.
These are the wines that have driven a spike in interest in Italian wine over the past few years. Italian wine sales have been healthy, driven by an international appreciation of the quality the top wines provide. It's also a reflection of growing interest among wine collectors and investors. Making top-quality, long-lived wines and selling them at relatively bargain prices will do that.
However, high as these prices are, there is no sign that they are going to go down in the near future. Indeed, as the wines cement their reputations further, price increases are likely to get larger as collectors turn their attentions to Italy more and more.
This price inflation has been driven by four of the wines on the list. The Cappellano leads the charge with a year-on-year global average price hike of 36.4 percent. That's followed by the Case Basse di Gianfraco Soldera Brunello Riserva at 17 percent; Masseto at 13.3 percent; and the Soldera blend at 13.1 percent.
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In fact, the lowest increase in average price was the Quintarelli Amarone and, given that it was starting at a relatively high average price anyway, that was a still-impressive 6 percent annual rise. The only wine to actually fall in average price over the past 12 months is the Giacosa Le Rocche di Castiglione, although that's an interesting case anyway. This wine's global average price tends to swing wildly, depending on availability.
Collectors can watch their investments grow, while those of us whose tastes run to more humble wines can still enjoy great-quality wines at more amenable prices; that's just what Italy does.