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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....

  • 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.
  • Donnafugata Bell'Assai Frappato 2017

    £28.00

    £28.00

    Surprising great freshness, a perfect harmony between aroma and taste, supported by soft tannins. Relax and take a sip, seriously be our guest...

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  • Borghetto Chianti Riserva 2015 Italian Red Wine

    Borghetto Chianti Riserva 2015

    £10.50

    £10.50

    It was that old cad, Hannibal Lector, who told Clarice that he 'ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti...
  • 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...
  • 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 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Donnafugata Sherazade Nero d'Avola 2017

    Donnafugata Sherazade Nero d'Avola 2017

    £16.50

    £16.50

    Sherazade is the definitive story teller. Persian king Shahryar married a new virgin each day and beheaded the previo...
  • 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 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...
  • 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...
  • Pantelleria Passito Liquoroso White Wine
    The island of Pantelleria is a curious, rugged volcanic outcrop, situated halfway between the Tunisian and Sicilian c...
  • 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-...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Soave Pieropan 2017

    Soave Pieropan 2017

    £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...
  • Tenuta Chiccheri Valpolicella

    Tenuta Chiccheri Valpolicella 2017

    £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...
  • 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 Montepulciano D'Abruzzo 2016 Vegan Red Wine

    Umani Ronchi Montepulciano D'Abruzzo 2016

    £7.75

    £7.75

    Set against the picturesque Italian vineyards of Cupramontana, a powerful tale of age-old traditions and ancient land...
  • 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...
  • 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 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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