What Italians Drink: Sangue di Giuda

After two years, I finally found a bottle of one of my favorite Italian wines: Sangue di Giuda!

I first drank this sweet red at a little gelato shop about a week after I moved here.  Each time I went back I always ordered at least one glass, but for the life of me I could never remember the name long enough to track down a whole bottle.

I finally found the bottle and I was pleasantly surprised that this is a very affordable wine, it only cost me about $6.  They were charging 2.50 euro (almost $4) a glass  at the gelato shop, so I think that is the last time I will be drinking there!

Sangue di Giuda (literally, Blood of Judas) is a sweet, mild red with a little bit of fizz (called frizzante).  The low alcohol content means you can drink it in the middle of the afternoon and not worry about making bad decisions by dinner time.

I went hunting around google for some good info to give you about this wine, and what I found is that not many people drink Sangue di Giuda (maybe it has something to do with the name), or at least they don’t write much about it.

I did find this article:

http://www.wineloverspage.com/wineadvisor1/tswa051005.phtml

Apparently, the legend is that the name came from friars who disapproved of the supposedly aphrodisiac effects of the wine.

Before I move on I have to rant a little here: the article describes the wine as encouraging “quaffing”.  I cannot even begin to describe to you how much I hate the word quaff and all of its ugly little cousins (quaffing, quaffable, etc).  Just say it is very drinkable!!  Which it is.

Rant Over.

Anyway, the wine is made near Mlian in the Oltrepo Pavese wine zone of the Lombardy wine region, with grapes like Croatina, which means “little Croatian girl”.

I drank my Sangue di Giuda chilled with dinner outside and it was wonderful, but I can also see how this wine would be a good dessert wine paired with some fruit (or gelato).

If anyone sees a bottle of this in the states please let me know where and how much, I am very interested to see if there is a huge markup because it is not well known.

Ciao for now!

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71 Responses to What Italians Drink: Sangue di Giuda

  1. marcu w says:

    I just experienced this wine and I love it. It is truly refreshing and awesome flavor. The name isn’t the greatest but the taste helps overcome that. I purchased a bottle for 14.99. Please keep me posted of anymore wines of this caliber.

    • Erica says:

      Hi Marcus! Did you find the wine in the states? I am hearing that it is hard to find in America.

      • Justin says:

        I know they have it at Spec’s in Texas.

        The same exact wine in your picture at the top!

      • Niki Fermin says:

        We sell it at “That Wine Place” in Pembroke Gardens, Fl (Pembroke Pines area)

      • Nelly3000 says:

        I went to the Wine Room located in Winter Park, FL off of Park Ave… During a wine tasting I fell in love. They sell it for $19.99 plus tax…. I love it!

      • Henry Mandell says:

        I bought a bottle at Bev Mo is So Cal. Around $15. Had no idea it was sweet and fizzante, but it is delicious!

    • David Landt says:

      Contact Premium Brands in Forest Hills NY, they are a US based distributor who should be able to tell you where to get it. I got their name off the bottle :)

  2. essence says:

    I found it at one of the Air Force bases in San Antonio Texas…….

  3. Melissa says:

    I have been drinking the Montebello brand, with pink labeling, of Sangue. I absolutely love it. It’s around $16 a bottle at the Villiage Wine Shop in Lakeland, FL.

  4. ryan says:

    Like Justin said, they are in the Spec’s in Texas. I went in looking for a bottle of Stella Rosa. They were sold out, but recommended Sangue de Giuda. I’ve been able to get it easily at two Spec’s stores in Austin so far.

  5. Allie says:

    There’s a guy at a mall here in Charlotte, NC who sells it for 21 bux a bottle. The brand is Cantina di Casteggio. Glad I found this site. I’m going to see if I can order a case for much cheaper.

    • Erica says:

      $21 a bottle is crazy!! I will let you know if I hear of any places to get it cheaper in the states.

      • I have bought a bottle for 30$ , 2 weeks ago at a restaurant in ft lauderdale , fl . I have been looking for it for 2 years and there’s is the only place I can found it

      • Erica says:

        It is so disappointing that it is not available more places, I think it would be a big seller!

      • mimi says:

        There is a store called Bevmo they sale the brand Cantina di Casteggio (Sangue de Giuda) for only $14.99,you buy one bottle get the second one for 5 cents..sounds crazy I know but its a great deal but I absolutly love this wine its a good sweet red wine, good for dessert as well it best when chilled.

    • Susan says:

      By far the best brand of Sangue di Giuda I have purchased. Bought it at BevMo in CA for $10 or $12 a bottle. However, they have a 5 cent sale from time to time and your second bottle is 5 cents.

  6. Melissa says:

    I just bought a bottle at Food Lion in Greensboro, NC. It was part of a cart marked “Reduced for Quick Sale” so I’m not sure of it’s original price, but the marked down price was $9.44. I also got a bottle of Red Guitar Old Vine for $6.99 which I don’t believe is a huge mark down from it’s original price if that helps any.

  7. Jared Bryan says:

    Ciao! I live in Italy and drink Sangue di Giuda regularly. It’s available at the markets by my house for 2-4 euro per bottle (of different types). The bottle pictured above is a type that’s commonly imported to the states (especially AF bases) by Dolce Imports.

    • Erica says:

      Hi Jared! Do you remember any of the other brands of Sangue di Giuda? I would love to find as many as possible for a good sampling!

      • I picked up a few bottles in Italy last month. Got a 2011 made by Cantine Francesco Montagna and a 2012 made by La Versa.

        I can tell you from experience, you’ll find more producers the closer you get to Pavia (lived there many moons ago).

  8. Kelley Adams says:

    I just purchased a bottle of this wine (the one with the pink label) in downtown St. Augustine, FL at a little shop called The Gifted Cork. I don’t remember how much it was, but it is definitely my new favorite wine!

  9. Dennis says:

    Erica, I learned about a Sangue Di Giuda from Luigi Scarani which is also from the Oltrepo Pavese region. I fell in love with this wine the very first time I tried it. I came across this article as I researched the wine and found that it is sold in Ft Lauderdale, FL for about $14. I will be paying them a visit. Here’s the link:

    Give it a try, you’ll love it!

  10. Monique says:

    I tried this wine and the white Moscato version back in 2004 while living in Portugal. I love it and have been looking for it since i’ve been back stateside. I have found it at some AF bases but not many. Will check this site out. Thanks

  11. Sheena says:

    The “Wine Cellar” in Mt Dora, FL sells it too. It’s my favorite as well!

    • Peter says:

      Yeah, Mt Dora has caught on after we requested it for about a year. Now it is at Maggie’s Attic as well at $20 a bottle. Would love to find where I can buy it by the case for $10 a bottle. I have seen both a pink label and the red label “Giorgi”. Please let us know if anyone see’s any great local deals. Thanks!

  12. Karen says:

    Binny’s Beverage Depots in the Chicago area carry it for $15 a bottle. I had it for the first time a few years ago at a local Italian restaurant. http://www.binnys.com/wine/Luigi_Scarani_Oltrepo_Pavese_Sangue_di_Giuda_43640.html

  13. Cylantro says:

    Hopefully, this can help you out. I too am a fan.

    http://www.wine-searcher.com/find/sangue+di+giuda

  14. Deborah says:

    The Bean and Grape in Winter Haven Florida

  15. Elle says:

    I found this wine at Cork and Olive in Brandon, FL.

  16. Damon says:

    Found this same bottle at Four Winds International Food Market in Pensacola, FL.

  17. Shawn says:

    I just picked up this exact same bottle at AAFES (the military exchange) here in Korea. Very thoroughly this wine!

  18. Jennifer says:

    I just ordered the pink label off the Tuscany wines website! They also carry a less expensive version at 10.99 per bottle. I’ll let you know how it tastes in comparison :)

    Besides Sangue I also love brachetto d’acqui !

  19. Eddie says:

    All these Florida posts and I can’t find it anywhere in Jacksonville :(

  20. http://www.facebook.com/winelists

    Serving it up at our new years on the 5 course with pairings in Senoia Georgia.

  21. Jared b says:

    This wine shop in st Augustine fl sells it for around $14. I live in jax and got down to st aug. just bought some a month ago.

  22. Angie says:

    I live in Houston and was at my local Spec’s picking up a bottle of Stella Rosa when one of the employees told me to try this wine. I love it!

  23. Alexis C-Q says:

    Hi. It’s availability it’s certain at a retail wine store in NYC. La vid wine and Spirits . 315 6 th Ave 10014 and its awesome wine that I think people should taste. I’m promoting it trying to get people to know what it is. Hope this will help you. BTW the producer is Vanzini.

  24. Maria says:

    Hi! I absolutely love this wine. One of my favorites along with Dezzani Dolce Sweet Red. These wines are sold at many Air Force/Army exchanges for about $6 to $8. It really is a great deal. I’ve been stationed in Germany for a few years now and I definitely have a glass with dinner every night :-)

  25. Darcie says:

    Also a huge fan of this wine. I found it at All Star wine and liqueur in upstate ny for 7.99
    A bottle under the distributor Bronis. Not a big wine drinker but absolutely love this one

  26. staceysnacks says:

    I love this wine too…………….but it’s hard to find, even in NYC area.
    we had some last night. I usually drink a nice Lambrusco (Lini is good) when I can’t find this wine.

    Stacey

  27. E.Roman says:

    Its been 3 yrs since I drank this wine. Found it today, bought 4 bottles at 14.99. In Augusta, GA.

  28. kcjags79 says:

    Erica, I found your article refreshing and the comments comical. This is my wife’s new favorite. We actually just moved to Italy and visited the vineyard and winery that produces this Sangue Di Giuda, Gelisi Antonio. Gelisi Antonio, if I remember correctly, was the founder of this family owned winery. The winery is just a few miles from Aviano AB. I hear they do export quite a bit to AAFES, hence people finding them at Air Force Bases. They produce 12 or 13 different wines, all but one are 3.50 Euro each. I’m guessing the cheapest place you’re going to find it, besides the winery itself, is any Class Six AAFES store on a US Air Force installation.

    Ciao!

    • Erica says:

      Oh my gosh! I am going to have to visit the winery! Did you find any other wines at the winery that you liked? Any suggestions?

      • kcjags79 says:

        Erica, we bought quite a few different bottles from them. I’ve only tried this one and the Moscato and both were good enough that I’ll purchase again, especially since they’re relatively inexpensive. I blogged about it and posted a few pictures. Not sure if you can access it from here. If not, let me know and I’ll share the link. :)

  29. Murphy Anne says:

    Found it at the Farm Fresh in Hampton, Virginia. I paid about $11.99 for the last bottle on the shelf. My Aunt that doesn’t even drink wine recommended it.

  30. Amanda says:

    Just bought this wine today at a local Dave’s supermarket in a suburb of Cleveland, oh for $10.49 and it is delicious. I think I’ve found my new favorite wine to have a small glass each evening.

  31. BillW says:

    Vintage Cellar, Blacksburg, Va. $9.95
    Potomac Wine & Spirits, Washington DC. $9.99

  32. Donna Boy says:

    I discovered this wine when I was Italy a few years ago. When I returned to the states (Pennsylvania) I had the wine imported threw a wine cellar in New York. Sadly the stopped carrying it and for two years I was without my favorite!! I recently moved to Kerrville, Texas and found the wine at a unique little place called ” Grape Juice” I bought the entire case!! Just enjoyed my first glass in two years! It was $12.00 a bottle 10% off if I bought the case :)

  33. ny97th vol@gmail.com says:

    I’ve discovered this wine at shop in Clifton Park, NY. It sells for (with tax) about $8.00. It’s a very beautiful and inexpensive wine. Great at night, with crackers and cheese.

  34. Milly Suazo says:

    I just tried this last night and LOVED it. My hosts in San Antonio TX say that they bought it at a local Whole Foods supermarket (wine department).

  35. Ben says:

    Wine chateau in Metuchen, nj sells this wine. Went yesterday and they were giving out free samples.

  36. Ben says:

    Are you supposed to serve this wine cold or room temperature?

  37. Ben says:

    Is this wine supposed to be served cold or room temperature?

  38. Chelsea says:

    This is my new favorite wine. I found it at a hole-in-the-wall liquor shop just south of Cincinnati for $11.99.

  39. Mary says:

    I first tried a bottle of (Ca’ Bea) Sangue di Guida in a little winery in Washington, Va. The BEST bottle of red wine I’ve ever tasted…EVER. Since I live closer to Washington, DC I searched for something closer to home and only found it in one place – Potomac Wines in Georgetown (www.potomacwines.com). It is $9.99/per bottle which is a steal compared to the $17.99 at the winery. Did I say it was the best red wine ever!?! :-) As good as it is, I’m surprised that it is so hard to find.

  40. I discovered this wine this past year. It has since become one of my favorites! There are only 3 places that sell it in San Antonio and 2 of them are on bases. The one where I discovered it at was a little liquor store near my old apartment. It cost $7.99 a bottle. Not bad at all!

  41. WOW!!! I am stunned at some of the prices! I only pay $10 for a bottle. Love this wine. It’s really the only red my head can tolerate as most reds give me a headache.

  42. Dax says:

    I realize this post is old but we can get this wine for $8.49 a bottle at BevMo in Concord, CA.

  43. Angela says:

    I had a chance to experience this great wine on recommendation from Once Upon A Vine in RIchmond Virginia at 12.99 a bottle it was reasonable to me. You are right a slight fizzy taste combined with the sweetness is excellent.

  44. Mandy Denman says:

    I had this bought for me a couple of years ago,can you buy it in England.

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