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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....

  • Cantine Settesoli Le Sene Aglianico 2016

    £8.00

    £8.00

    The rich, peppery, berry flavours growing more intense by the hour. Seven extra days of sun have been granted every vintage since.
  • Donnafugata Sherazade Nero d'Avola 2017

    £16.50

    £16.50

    An Italian red with light spicy scents, a palate of fleshy fruit, perfectly reflecting the bouquet revealing an extraordinary freshness.
  • Donnafugata Grillo SurSur 2017

    £16.50

    £16.50

    An Italian grillo bursting with tropical fruit, scents of wildflowers and a citrus purity that seems to go on & on.

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  • Amarone Ca’Rosa Italian Red Wine 2013

    Amarone Ca'Rosa 2013

    £26.00

    £26.00

    Amarone is about as full-flavoured and juicy as a red can get without help of fortification; very smooth and silky wi...
  • Cantine Belisario Lacrima di Morro d'Alba 2017

    Cantine Belisario Lacrima di Morro d'Alba 2017

    £12.75

    £12.75

    "I should've bought you flower's and held your hand. Should have gave you all my hours, when I had the chance!" O Bruno...
  • Chianti La Pieve 2016

    Chianti La Pieve 2016

    £13.00

    £13.00

    Tania and Luigi Morinello, winemakers at Tenuta Moriniello, are perhaps the most prolific brother and sister team since ...
  • 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 ...
  • Denatile Nero D'Avola Shiraz Italian Red Wine

    Denatile Nero D'Avola Shiraz 2016

    £7.00

    £7.00

    Deep red in colour, rich and well balanced. The bouquet is fruity, floral and spicy, with hints of vanilla and tobacc...
  • Donnafugata Grillo SurSur 2017

    Donnafugata Grillo SurSur 2017

    £16.50

    £16.50

    SurSur is a style of language that we don't think is utilised enough in English. In classical Arabic it means cricket...
  • 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...
  • Gemma Barolo Nebbiolo Italian Red Wine 2014

    Gemma Barolo Nebbiolo 2014

    £23.00

    £23.00

    'Baby, I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the grey, ooh, the more I get of you the stranger it feels, yeah'. Seal...
  • Gemma Moscato d'Asti Vigna Fiorita Italian White Wine

    Gemma Moscato d'Asti Vigna Fiorita 2015

    £9.75

    £9.75

    This Moscato is a soft, gentle and charmingly sweet white wine, but saved from being sickly by fresher, sage and citr...
  • Lambrusco Cialdini 2017 Vegan and Vegetarian Red Wine

    Lambrusco Cialdini 2017

    £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

    £14.50

    £14.50

    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...
  • 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...
  • Pinot Grigio Della Rocca 2016

    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...
  • Pinot Grigio Rosé Della Rocca 2016

    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-...
  • Pipoli Aglianico del Vulture 2016

    Pipoli Aglianico del Vulture 2016

    £12.50

    £12.50

    It's unfortunate that when you share qualities with someone in your field with significant renown, comparisons are unavo...
  • Querciabella Mongrana 2013

    Querciabella Mongrana 2013

    £18.00

    £18.00

    Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are perhaps the ultimate wine power couple; they're like a Bordeauxian Batman and Robin...
  • 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...
  • Umani Ronchi Verdicchio Classico CaSal di Serra 2016 Vegan White Wine

    Umani Ronchi Verdicchio Classico CaSal di Serra 2016

    £14.00

    £14.00

    The court at Cupramonta once employed a veritable troop of servants whose only job was to peel grapes for the indulge...
  • Valpolicella Ripasso Ca'Rosa Red Wine

    Valpolicella Ripasso Ca'Rosa 2016

    £14.00

    £14.00

    Oh Mamma! What a smooth one this is. Get ready for some of the most over-worked wine adjectives in town hurtling thei...
  • Zensa Fiano 2017 Vintage Italian White Wine

    Zensa Fiano 2017

    £12.00

    £12.00

    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

    £12.00

    £12.00

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

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