Italy is one of the world's largest sources of sparkling wines and many are quite well known, though some are lurking just on the edge of fame. Prosecco from the Veneto is much like Cava in that the more common bottlings tend to be sweetish, though Prosecco’s flavors are generally more orchard fruit-driven and perhaps ultimately simpler than Cava.

There are also some remarkable Metodo Classico-style wines produced in Italy, particularly in Lombardia and Trentino, that can compete with the world’s finest. These are wines that are generally based on the classic blends of Champagne (Chardonnay and Pinot Noir) with winemaking that can be indistinguishable from their French cousins. The pricing of some can make it difficult to be particularly enthusiastic about recommending them, but the truth is these can be mighty fine indeed.