Best known Italian wine guide, which appears annually since the year 1987 (another is the Veronelli Guide ). The correct designation, which is also mentioned on the cover, is actually "Vini d'Italia". It is published by the Roman publisher Gambero Rosso, whose name has become synonymous with the name of the guide. In the founding was involved by the founding of Slow Food well-known journalist Carlo Petrini (* 1949), who was also co-editor of Gambero Rosso for a long time. For a long time there was also a very close cooperation with Slow Food, which came to an end at the beginning of 2009 after 22 years.
In German translation, there is the guide since 1989 by the publisher Hallwag. In several tasting rounds, the best wines are selected by independent, professional teams and then tasted, compared and evaluated in further rounds. As editor-in-chief, Marco Sabellico is responsible. The special rating of Gambero Rosso is in the form of glasses:
With up to three glasses (symbol without color, only contour) wines of older vintages of special quality are evaluated, which are still available in the trade. There is one star for the manufacturer for every ten three-lens awards. Furthermore, there are labels for the price categories. These range from 1 (to € 3.50) to 8 (over € 40). Wines with a particularly favorable price-performance ratio are marked with a *. In addition, there are special awards for the best producers in a total of nine categories, these are the best sparkling wine, white wine, red wine and sweet wine, as well as Winery of the Year, Winemaker of the Year, promoters of the year, sustainable Viticulture and price hit. In the 2013 edition, around 20,000 wines were tasted by 2,350 wineries and wineries. Of these, only 399 wines received the coveted three glasses, which was 24 more than in 2012.