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Like Andrew Graham-Dixon and Giorgio Locatelli on their Italy Unpacked BBC series, we are going to take you on a whistle-stop tour of this country, albeit with less art, more wine and not as many sexy shots of Giorgio. Long story short, Italy has it all. New to wine? Pinot Grigio and Prosecco will ease you in with the country’s characteristic friendly warmth. Looking to explore something a little more complex? The likes of Gavi and Sicilian Nero d’Avola will take you gently by the hand, as you foray a little further.

Want to go for the top-end, old-school, age-worthy big boys? Pick up a Barolo or a Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and gawp in wonderment  like a tourist in the Sistine Chapel. There are so many weird and wonderful grape varieties and regions, that there is always something new to discover.

But, just because they have it all, the Italians are no strangers to innovation. They are constantly promoting lesser-known grapes, like Nero Mascalese grown on Mount Etna in Sicily, (one delicious example of which is the Tenuta delle Terre Nerrelo Mascalese - coming soon) and are also having fun with the ‘noble’ grape varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay et al.)

The final word on Italian wine? It’s incredibly food-friendly (“claro!” shout all the Italians). Why does it work so well with food? Because it’s nearly always acidic. Doesn’t sound great, we’ll admit, but balanced acidity is a highly desirable thing, especially when pairing with food, as it literally makes your mouth water and cuts through oils, which most dishes contain. Without it, wine just can’t stand up to food which, we all know, would be una tragedia terribile.

Grande Vino....

  • Primitivo Puglia Terra di Sava 2015

    £10.50

    £10.50

    This is a red packed full of cherry and raspberry fruit and with overtones of mocha and rosemary that give this red serious refinement.
  • Masseria Borgo dei Trulli Primitivo 2016

    £14.00

    £14.00


    This rich Italian red is a bit like walking into your most-loved cafe.

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  • Amarone Ca’Rosa Italian Red Wine 2013

    Amarone Ca'Rosa 2013

    £25.50

    £25.50

    Amarone is about as full-flavoured and juicy as a red can get without help of fortification; very smooth and silky wi...
  • Brunello di Montalcino Carpineto Italian Red Wine

    Brunello di Montalcino Carpineto 2013

    £44.00

    £44.00

    Montalcino is one of those staggering quaint, historic, sun-drenched hill top towns that give Tuscany its unique flav...
  • Cantine Settesoli Aglianico 2016

    Cantine Settesoli Le Sene Aglianico 2016

    £8.00

    £8.00

    Seven brothers used the money their father left them to plant a vineyard. New to such a venture, they called in a Fre...
  • Chianti Sogatia Italy Red Wine

    Chianti Sogatia 2016

    £9.50

    £9.50

    This is an impressively neat little bargain Chianti that's on the bodysome, flavoursome side of this classic Italian ...
  • Falerio dei Colli Ascolani White Wine

    Falerio Saladini Pilastri 2016

    £9.75

    £9.75

    The infinite (well, 500 plus) variety of grapes to be found in Italy is a source of constant wonderment. Of these var...
  • Fedele Catarratto Pinot Grigio Terre Siciliane IGP 2015
    Pinot Grigio is the ugly duckling of wine grapes, and people tend to forget what a good Pinot Grigio tastes like and ...
  • Gavi I Produttori del Gavi White Wine Italian

    Gavi I Produttori Del Gavi 2017

    £10.75

    £10.75

    A daydream-awakening pinch of oneself may be needed when you see the price of this smart little Gavi. However the rea...
  • Lambrusco Cialdini 2016 Vegan and Vegetarian Red Wine

    Lambrusco Cialdini 2016

    £14.00

    £14.00

    If there's one things those Italians do rather well it's a good old renaissance. One second you're in the dark ages f...
  • Masseria Borgo dei Trulli Negroamaro Italian Red Wine 2017

    Masseria Borgo Dei Trulli Negroamaro 2017

    £10.00

    £10.00

    Many wine buyers look at the labels of Trulli wines and think that it must be an artistic representation of the conce...
  • Primitivo Borgo dei Trulli Italian Red Wine 2016

    Masseria Borgo dei Trulli Primitivo 2016

    £14.00

    £14.00

    This rich Italian red is a bit like walking into your most-loved cafe. Not a grease spoon one, nor a super trendy one...
  • Morellino di Scansano Ventoso 2017 Vegetarian Red Wine

    Morellino di Scansano Ventoso 2017

    £12.75

    £12.75

    Tuscany is famous for Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. But sometimes we like to take...
  • Negroamaro Salento Terra di Sava Red Wine

    Negroamaro Salento Terra di Sava 2013

    £9.50

    £9.50

    Conjure the image, if you will, of a long, oak table in a conservatory in Venice. It's after dinner, the table is lad...
  • Ornellaia 2013

    Ornellaia 2013

    £140.00

    £140.00

    Due to the soil and its micro climate, the Bolgheri region is just perfect to grow Bordeaux grapes. The Ornellaia is ...
  • Cantina di Soave Pinot Grigio 'Della Rocca' White Wine

    Pinot Grigio Della Rocca 2016

    £8.00

    £8.00

    Della Rocca: it sounds like a kind of Italian strongman doesn't it? A muscle-clad, moustachioed hunk in silky red sho...
  • Salice Salentino Terra di Sava 2011

    Salice Salentino Terra di Sava 2011

    Now £9.00

    Was £10.50

    £9.00

    1976; what a year. The first commercial Concorde flight, Microsoft and Apple were created, Viking 1 landed on Mars, "...
  • Sassicaia 2015 Red Wine

    Sassicaia 2015

    £150.00

    £150.00

    Its creator, Mario Incisa Della Rochetta, first made the pioneering decision to plant cabernet sauvignon here in the ...
  • Tenuta Chiccheri Valpolicella

    Tenuta Chiccheri Valpolicella 2016

    £13.00

    £13.00

    You couldn't make up some of the things people did before joining the wine trade. Troilus Hoplite-Gryppe, head of Ken...
  • Tenuta Chiccheri Valpolicella Superiore 2010

    Tenuta Chiccheri Valpolicella Superiore 2010

    £33.00

    £33.00

    When we tell you that Valpolicella is made using dried-up grapes left for ages in a box, it doesn't sound very nice, ...
  • Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia 'Le Volte' 2014 Italian Red Wine

    Tenuta Dell'Ornellaia 'Le Volte' IGT 2016

    £23.00

    £23.00

    Back in the 1970s, the vineyards of North Western Italy were dangerous places. Gangs of Sangiovese were engaged in ra...
  • Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto 2015 Italian Red Wine

    Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto 2015

    £36.00

    £36.00

    Little brothers are great. Like Dave Franco! No doubt James spent most of his youth teaching him how to capture beetl...
  • Tenuta Vigneto Di Campo Delle Strie Amarone Della Valpolicella
    For most mortals, tasting a bottle of Amarone, especially one of this calibre, is a bit like how we imagine the Sprin...
  • Terre Antiche Gavi di Gavi 2017

    Terre Antiche Gavi di Gavi 2017

    £13.75

    £13.75

    TV Highlights 09:00 : Meet the Benedectines. This week the Benedictines establish a settlement in Ge...
  • Valpolicella Ripasso Ca'Rosa Red Wine

    Valpolicella Ripasso Ca'Rosa 2016

    £13.75

    £13.75

    Oh Mamma! What a smooth one this is. Get ready for some of the most over-worked wine adjectives in town hurtling thei...
  • Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Cantine Innocenti

    Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Cantine Innocenti 2011

    £20.00

    £20.00

    This wine is made by former philosophy teacher Vittorio Innocenti, who lives in a medieval estate on a hilltop in rur...
  • Zensa Fiano 2017 Vintage Italian White Wine

    Zensa Fiano 2017

    £11.75

    £11.75

    In another life, we would quite like to have been an 18th century Italian fisherman, sailing the coast of Sicily for ...
  • Zensa Nero d'Avola 2013 Red Wine

    Zensa Nero d'Avola 2016

    £11.75

    £11.75

    Zensa is the pronunciation of the Italian word 'senza', meaning 'without'. In this case it is to underline that this ...

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