Italy

I'm going to say it - Italy knows what wine is all about. Italy is purely about matching wine with food and regardless of where you are in the country, the winemakers totally get that. Sure, if you go to France they understand that relationship too, particularly in places like Burgundy and the Jura, but there are parts of France where wine and the local food have gone their separate paths. In Italy, even the most prestigious wines, still have that symbiotic relationship with the cuisine of the area.

From the north east regions of Friuli and the Alto Adige, where they make exquisite white wines, down to Sicily where the indigenous Nero d'Avola makes lovely darker reds, the diversity of this nation is outstanding.  At all points in between, you'll find unknown local varieties, more widely planted 'Italian' grapes and, of course, the more recently planted French vines - there is so much to try you could spend your life exploring Italian wine and still not learn everything!

My favourite producers

Di Ciacca | Marco e Vittorio Adriano | Agostino Pavia & Figli | Argiano | Tenuta Bichi Borghesi | Blason Wines | Brigaldara | Canneto | Masseria Cuturi | Cupano | Cascina Morassino | Castello della Paneretta | Cortonesi | Cossetti | Eugenio Bocchino | Forteto della Luja | Frassinelli | Cantine Paolini | Medici Ermete | Monte Santoccio | Noelia Ricci | Paolo Conterno | Giuseppe Quintarelli | Renato Corino | Reverdito | Vite Colte | Talamonti | Tenuta Sette Cieli | Pio Cesare

Araldica Barbera 2017 75cl
"A juicy red with aromas of blackberries, plums and black cherries. These characters follow through to the palate, which has considerable fruit weight along with soft tannins and a savoury spiciness. Refreshing acidity on the finish."  
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Cantina Danese Bardolino  75cl
The Danese family founded a wine business in the early 1950s in the tiny town of Roncà, in the province of Verona. The current father and son team took over in 1997.Cantina Danese is constantly evolving to cater for the...
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Canicatti La Ferla Inzolia 2018 75cl
Citrus bellows out of the glass - can citrus bellow? Well maybe not, but it does here. A full body withmore of that lemon and pink grapefruit with a delightful crisp finish. Contains Sulphites
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Cavalchina Bardolino 2018 75cl
Real Bardolino. An earthy, zesty cherry palate with a lively finish. I'm a fan of anythig which comes in with a solid but not overpowering cherry touch and this has done it so well. The wine is grounded by the...
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Masseria Cuturi Tuma Primitivo 2018 75cl
Originally founded in 1881 following the marriage of Don Tommasso Schiavoni Tafuri from Manduria and Contessa Sabini from Altamura a town south of Bari. It was the Contessa who brought the grafted vine cuttings of Primitivo to the estate as...
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Maseria Cuturi Segreto di Bianca Fiano 2018 75c
Originally founded in 1881 following the marriage of Don Tommasso Schiavoni Tafuri from Manduria and Contessa Sabini from Altamura a town south of Bari. It was the Contessa who brought the grafted vine cuttings of Primitivo to the estate as...
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Tocco Colline Pescaresi Passerina 2018 75cl
Enisio Tocco has always had a passion for wine and his Abruzzo homeland coursing through his veins, and he has passed that on to his sons, Lorenzo and Danilo, as well as his nephew Sebastiano, who now look after the...
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Tocco Colline Pescaresi Pecorino 2018 75cl
Enisio Tocco has always had a passion for wine and his Abruzzo homeland coursing through his veins, and he has passed that on to his sons, Lorenzo and Danilo, as well as his nephew Sebastiano, who now look after the...
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Cottanera Barbazzale Etna Rosso 2016 75cl
The name of the company comes from an ancient village that runs alongside the family vineyards, along the banks of the river Alcantara. Cottanera is led by the brother Enzo, and the children of the co-founder: Mariangela, Francesco and Emanuele....
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Cascina Morassino Dolcetto d'Alba 2016 75cl
This is a tiny, family winery in one of Italy’s most prestigious regions. Roberto Bianco, a graduate of the highly regarded Alba Oenological School, produces typical classic reds from Nebbiolo, Dolcetto and Barbera grapes. His philosophy is to focus on...
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L Lac Lugana 2019 75cl
Light straw yellow with green hints, citrus notes, fine and elegant mineral, great structure and balance, great mouth/nose matching. Azienda Agricola ‘LLAC is a small winery on the banks of Lake Frassino in the heart of the Lugana wine producing...
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Cavalchina Amadeo Custoza 2018 75cl
You know how refreshing the cold side of a pillow is? That is exactly what this wine is like. Fresh yet cosy, cool yet silky - a richness comes through with peach flavours, honey and vanilla, but then a clean,...
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Only 1 leftAntonio Vallana e Figlio Campi Raudii NV 75cl
The Campi Raudii label epitomises the proliferation of old vineyard names which existed in their grandfather’s time, now buried under strict labelling bureaucracy. ‘Campi Raudii’ is one of the ancient Latin names for Alto Piemonte, which roughly translates as ‘red...
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Noelia Ricci Il Sangiovese 2017 75cl
"Sour cherry galore, a firm tannin and a lightly structured wine. Redcurrant and cherry again on the palate, this is a very pure Sangiovese" Noelia Ricci is a dream that was finally realised by the fourth generation of a family...
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