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

Canicatti La Ferla Inzolia 2018 75cl
Tasting note: 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. Producer: This recently modernised co-operative has...
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12% offCavalchina Passito Bianco 2015 37.5cl
Tasting note: A wonderful sweet wine - a delicious honey and lemon which is now maturing with a marmalade like note. Super with sponge puddings! Producer: Cavalchina was a pioneering winery in the 1960’s by being the first to commercialise...
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4% offMontresor Urban Park Appassimento 2018 75cl
Bright berry and black cherry aromas, and a touch of spice. The palate has all of Valpolicella's appealing fresh cherry and ripe bramble fruit, along with added weight and complexity from maturation in oak. Supple tannins lead to a finish...
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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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Only 1 leftColli Piacentini Bonelli Barbera 2019 75cl
Barbera is a variety most commonly associated with Piedmont, where typically it plays second fiddle to Nebbiolo. But Barbera is planted throughout Italy, and is pretty widespread in regions like Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna, in the hills between Piacenza, Bologna and...
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Colli Piacentini Bonelli Ortugo 2020 75cl
Ortrugo? Ever tried one? Me neither, but this Emilia Romagna grape is delicious. Lemon galore, but with gentle sorbet meeting curd meeting zest. Have some battered fish with this and you're going to be happy. The DNA sequence conducted into...
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Casale Marchese Frascati DOCG Superiore 2019 75cl
Tasting note: The bouquet of Frascati Superiore DOCG is characterized by hints of tropical fruit, with slightly herbaceous floral nuances. The taste is sapid. Full-bodied with a soft, elegant and enveloping aftertaste. Producer: The winery was originally an old Roman...
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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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Roberto Sarotto Dolcetto d'Alba Angeli 2020 75cl
Tasting Note: A delicious little fresh fruit filled wine - all cherries and red berries - and then the palate really becomes serious with wonderfully balanced darker savoury notes, aromatic herbs and a solid backbone. Superb value for money. Producer:...
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Forteto della Luja Moscato d'Asti 2019 75cl
Tasting note: Breakfast wine! A delicious, light sweet fizzy white that has bundles of bright fresh fruit flavours and a stunning apricot and honey note. Simply the best wine to have with fruit salad! Producer: The agricultural holding Forteto della...
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Canicatti Centuno Nero d'Avola IGT 2017 75cl
Tasting note: A lovely volcanic wine from Sicily, showing that sulfurous note mixed with big fruit, loads of spice and some dark, earthy elements. Producer: This recently modernised co-operative has its vineyards in the south of Sicily around the town...
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Cottanera Barbazzale Etna Rosso 2016 75cl
Producer: Etna itself flows in the lymph of the Cottanera vineyards. The vineyards grow over lava stone, 700 mts above the sea, on the northern slope of the volcano. The company is in Castiglione di Sicilia, near Catania. The name...
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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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Erste & Neue White Peak 2020 75cl
Bright, apple flavours dominate the nose with a crisp, elegant stoney notes and a lovely fresh finish. Producer: Created in 1986 as a result of the merger of Erste Kellerei (1900) and Neue Kellerei (1925) followed in 2016 by 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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Tocco Colline Pescaresi Pecorino 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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L Lac Lugana 2019 75cl
Tasting note: Light straw yellow with green hints, citrus notes, fine and elegant mineral, great structure and balance, great mouth/nose matching. Producer: Azienda Agricola ‘LLAC is a small winery on the banks of Lake Frassino in the heart of the...
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Chionetti Dogliani San Luigi 2018 75cl
Tasting note: 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...
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Cascina Morassino Dolcetto d'Alba 2017 75cl
Producer: 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...
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Only 1 leftAntonio Vallana e Figlio Campi Raudii NV 75cl
Tasting Note: 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...
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I Favati Greco di Tufo Terrantica 2017 75cl
Tasting note: Vinified and aged for 6 months in stainless steel on it's lees, giving it a rich and elegant structure. Producer: A family owned vineyard that operates as a winery as well producing interesting different wines from local indigenous...
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I Favati Irpinia Campi Taurasini Cretarossa 2013 75cl
Tasting note: Deep garnet color. Concentrated aromas of pepper, black cherry, anise, and oak. On the palate the wine denotes concentrated fruit, good acidity, alert and enjoyable tannins. Producer: A family owned vineyard that operates as a winery as well...
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Noelia Ricci Bro Bianco Trebbiano 2017 75cl
"Loads of citrus fruit with a bracing acidity that makes the wine super fresh and zingy" Noelia Ricci is a dream that was finally realised by the fourth generation of a family of winemakers as part of the Tenuta Pandolfa...
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