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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....

  • 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...
  • CastelGiocondo Brunello Di Montalcino 2012

    CastelGiocondo Brunello Di Montalcino 2012

    £52.00

    £52.00

    The label is a 14th Century depiction of Guidoriccio da Fogliano at the siege of Montemassi. It's a print, let's just...
  • Chianti Sogatia Italy Red Wine

    Chianti Sogatia 2014

    £9.50

    £9.50

    This is an impressively neat little bargain Chianti that's on the bodysome, flavoursome side of this classic Italian ...
  • 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 Mignanego Cortese 2013 Vegan and Vegetarian White Wine

    Gavi Mignanego Cortese 2013

    £7.75

    £7.75

    '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...
  • 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...
  • Masseria Borgo dei Trulli Vermentino 2017

    Masseria Borgo dei Trulli Vermentino 2017

    £10.00

    £10.00

    100's of years ago when the world was ravaged by woolly mammoths, Greek philosophers and Brothers Grimm characters, i...
  • 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...
  • Primitivo Puglia Terra di Sava 2015 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-wavi...
  • Salice Salentino Terra di Sava 2011

    Salice Salentino Terra di Sava 2011

    Now £9.45

    Was £10.50

    £9.45

    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

    £145.00

    £145.00

    Its creator, Mario Incisa Della Rochetta, first made the pioneering decision to plant cabernet sauvignon here in the ...
  • Soave Pieropan 2017

    Soave Pieropan 2017

    £15.50

    £15.50

    Introducing the wine of Pieropan Soave Classico, in fair Verona is where we lay our scene. O yes, that's a fraction o...
  • 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

    £11.50

    £11.50

    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 2015

    £11.50

    £11.50

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

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