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Italy tops wine educators’ list of great value wine for 2018

Published:  05 March, 2018

Italy has been singled out as the best country of origin for wines under £10, having topped the Association of Wine Educators’ (AWE) list of great value wine producers for 2018.

The world’s biggest wine-producing country by volume has impressed the judges of 100 AWEsome wines, made up of AWE’s members, in the most recent edition of the association’s annual list of recommended wines.

The under £10 category this year was dominated by Italy, which accounted for eight of the 29 wines listed, and ranged from classics like Soave and Frascati and on-trade stalwarts like Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, to more esoteric varieties Falanghina, Frappato and Grillo.

Despite the steady “creep” of wines over the past 12 months, there was quality to be had in both the under £10 and under £25 segments said Laura Clay, head of the 100 AWEsome Wine initiative.

This was particularly true for Europe, which dominated the under £10 list.

France and Spain followed with six and five recommended wines respectively, white Germany and Austria made strong appearance on the under £10 whites list.

Notable non-European mentioned include Aldi’s Exquisite Range Clare Valley Riesling 2016, and also Marks & Spencer’s Pisano Cisplatino Tannat 2015 from Uruguay, which retails for £9.50.

The under £25 list, which picked out wines for great value for money in the £10 to £25 segment, was more varied with South Africa, Australia, Chile and Bulgaria sitting alongside strong input from Old World Europe.

Now in its fourth year, 100 AWEsome wines is a collection of wines recommended by independent, professional wine educators who comprise AWE’s members.