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Italian Wines




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....

  • Prosecco DOC Treviso Ca' Dei Noni 2014

    Now £9.60

    Was £12.00

    £9.60

    A gorgeous and surprising still Prosecco, with all the luscious, green apple aromas and flavours but none of the fizz! Who'da thunk it?
  • Lambrusco Cialdini 2016

    £14.00

    £14.00

    A ruby red sparkling wine. Fresh and fruity on the nose, delicate and tangy on the palate with a refreshingly fruity finish.

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  • Brunello di Montalcino Carpineto Red wine

    Brunello di Montalcino Carpineto 2011

    £42.00

    £42.00

    Montalcino is one of those staggering quaint, historic, sun-drenched hill top towns that give Tuscany its unique flav...
  • CastelGiocondo Brunello Di Montalcino 2012

    CastelGiocondo Brunello Di Montalcino 2012

    £50.00

    £50.00

    The label is a 14th Century depiction of Guidoriccio da Fogliano at the siege of Montemassi. It's a print, let's just...
  • Gavi Miganego Cortese 2013 Vegan and Vegetarian White Wine

    Gavi Miganego Cortese 2013

    Now £6.75

    Was £7.75

    £6.75

    'Oranges and lemons say the bells of St Clements,' is how the old rhyme goes. The rhyme then proceeds to get extremel...
  • 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...
  • Morellino di Scansano Ventoso 2014 Vegetarian Red Wine

    Morellino di Scansano Ventoso 2016

    £12.75

    £12.75

    Tuscany is famous for Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. But sometimes we like to take...
  • Pinot Grigio Rosé Della Rocca 2013

    Pinot Grigio Rosé Della Rocca 2016

    £8.00

    £8.00

    We don't know about you, but we get mildly irritated when we see pretty-in-pink, butter wouldn't melt in their mouth-...
  • Primitivo Puglia Terra di Sava 2012 Italian Red

    Primitivo Puglia Terra di Sava 2015

    £10.50

    £10.50

    Primitivo, the grape used in this wine, translates from the Italian as 'primitive', but rather than being a club-waving,...
  • Tannu Bianco Di Sicilia IGT Italian White Wine

    Tannu Bianco di Sicilia IGT 2014

    Now £8.55

    Was £9.50

    £8.55

    If you have a raw talent, let it shine. That's what we say. Subo had a talent, she let it shine: some would say the w...
  • 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...

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