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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.

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  • Amarone Ca’Rosa Italian Red Wine 2014

    Amarone Ca'Rosa 2014

    £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...
  • Aria Chianti Classico Italian Red Wine 2016

    Aria Chianti Classico 2016

    £15.00

    £15.00

    Aria [ahr-ee-uh]. Noun. Def: an elaborate melody sung solo with an accompaniment... This is a fitting name and the defin...
  • 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 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...
  • Carpineto Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva 2015

    Carpineto Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva 2015

    £26.50

    £26.50

    Some wine is great on its own, a confirmed bachelor of a bottle that goes out every evening after work, only returning t...
  • CastelGiocondo Brunello Di Montalcino 2014

    CastelGiocondo Brunello Di Montalcino 2014

    £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 Classico Olinto 2015

    Chianti Classico Olinto 2015

    £15.50

    £15.50

    LL Cool J once told us not to "call it a comeback;" apparently he'd been there for years. Yet, we think that's a sham...
  • 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 ...
  • Donnafugata Grillo SurSur 2018

    Donnafugata SurSur Grillo 2018

    £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...
  • 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 2018

    £11.50

    £11.50

    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 2015

    Gemma Barolo 2015

    £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...
  • Morellino di Scansano Ventoso 2018 Vegetarian Red Wine

    Morellino di Scansano Ventoso 2018

    £12.75

    £12.75

    Tuscany is famous for Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. But sometimes we like to take...
  • Pecchenino Societa'Agricola San Luigi Dolcetto 2018

    Pecchenino Societa'Agricola San Luigi Dolcetto 2018

    £14.00

    £14.00

    Nestled in the foothills of the most southerly part of the Alps in the green and fertile region of Piedmont, northern...
  • 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...
  • Primitivo Puglia Terra di Sava 2017 Italian Red

    Primitivo Puglia Terra di Sava 2017

    £10.50

    £10.50

    Primitivo, the grape used in this wine, translates from the Italian as 'primitive', but rather than being a club-wavi...
  • Querciabella Chianti Classico 2016

    Querciabella Chianti Classico 2016

    £24.00

    £24.00

    Querciabella meaning 'beautiful oak tree' is a producer completely focused on quality. Querciabella has established ...
  • Querciabella Turpino 2011

    Querciabella Turpino 2011

    £35.00

    £35.00

    Like the senior editors of national newspapers, hedge fund managers and classy bond villains, several French grapes have...
  • Sesti Monteleccio 2016

    Sesti Monteleccio 2016

    £22.00

    £22.00

    There’s a fine line between superstition and an unprovable theory and it’s a line that all of us sometimes cross, ho...
  • Soave Pieropan 2018

    Soave Pieropan 2018

    £15.75

    £15.75

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

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