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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Ca di Ponti Nero d'Avola 2016 75cl
Deeply coloured, full-flavoured, spicy red with aromas of wild plum and black cherry accentuating savoury, liquorice characters. The palate combines dark fruit flavours with lightly smoky notes, a hint of bitter chocolate and structured tannins.
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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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14% offCavalchina Bardolino 2019 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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Martino V Bellone 2018 75cl
This Italian white wine has an excellent full yellow straw colour and soft yellow bouquet and an exotic floral taste. With a soft pressing and natural fermentation it’s aged for several months in new French oak.
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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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7% offBrigaldara Valpolicella DOC 2018 75cl
This is what Real Valpolicella is all about, a single vineyard wine made in the cellars of one of the regions best producers in the hills above Verona. A wine to confound the critics this is the real McCoy. It...
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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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Only 1 leftElvio Tintero Arneis 2019 75cl
In 1900 a Frenchman named Pierre Tintero set out for Piedmont in search of work. He found an opportunity to do odd jobs at a small estate where widow Rosina Cortese was struggling to handle all the work herself. Pierre,...
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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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Tocco Colline Pescaresi Passerina 2020 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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Masseria Cuturi Zacinto Negroamaro 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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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 2019 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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Chionetti Dogliani San Luigi 2018 75cl
Dogliani is a red wine from the village in Piedmont that shares its name (just a few miles south of Barolo) and is made from the Dolcetto grape. A nose of ripe plums and violets with a hint of sage....
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Cascina Morassino Dolcetto d'Alba 2017 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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