When it comes to Italian wine, Tuscany, Piedmont and the northeast get most of the attention, but gaze south of these popular regions and you'll find a host of distinctive wines with stories to tell. Among them are the islands: sun-drenched Sicily and Sardinia
. Sicily, one of Italy's largest wine-producing regions and home to Wine Spectator
's No. 9 Wine of 2018
, is known for red wines such as Nero d'Avola and Nerello Mascalese, whites such as Inzolia and Grillo and sweet Moscatos from Pantelleria. Sardinia's wine industry is small and based on Spanish varieties such as Cannonau, Bovale, Carignano and Vermentino.