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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.

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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Primitivo Borgo dei Trulli Italian Red Wine 2017

    Masseria Borgo dei Trulli Primitivo 2017

    £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...
  • 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-...
  • Trulli Mirea Primitivo Di Manduria 2017

    Trulli Mirea Primitivo Di Manduria 2017

    £19.00

    £19.00

    “MIREA, I’ve just drunk a wine named MIREA! And suddenly that name, will never be the same, MIREA! Say it loud and t...
  • 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 2018 Red Wine

    Zensa Nero d'Avola 2018

    £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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