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

Ca dei Ponti Catarratto 2016 75cl
A delicious and characterful dry white, from a very under-rated grape variety. A ripe, versatile and approachable dry white from western Sicily. Attractive aromatics of floral peach, tropical fruit and a hint of fennel. The rounded and gently honeyed flavours...
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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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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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Masseria Cuturi Zacinto Negroamaro 2017 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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Elvio 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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Tenuta di Argiano Rosso du Montalcino 2018 75cl
"A younger brother to the Brunello, this is intense ruby in colour, medium weight with red fruit, menthol and sweet earth. Smooth and velvety." Argiano’s history dates back to 1580, when the Pecci family of Siena began the construction of...
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Cascina Morassino Barbaresco DOCG Morassino 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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Only 1 leftMichele Reverdito Barolo Ascheri 2014 75cl
The wines here just get better and better, and the estate increases little by little as Michele and Sabina Reverdito take advantage of their ‘young vigneron’ status to plant/acquire more land. They have bought (respectively) 0.36 hectares and 0.125 hectares...
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Tenuta di Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2015 75cl
"Argiano’sBrunello di Montalcino is distinguished by its elegance and its deep ruby red colour. It presents a good concentration on the mid-palate and a persistent aftertaste, with a rounded and voluptuous body, and interesting, silky tannins. It unites potency and...
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Tenuta di Argiano Solengo IGT 2015 75cl
"Solengo is a modern, well-balanced and full-bodied wine. It is deep, dark purple in colour with a bouquet of ripe fruit, such as blackcurrants and blackberries, with a hint of toasted oak. It is smooth on the palate, with a...
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Cupano Brunello di Montaclino 2009 75cl
"The 2009 Brunello di Montalcino is an unabashedly plush and modern wine with high extract and a big burst of ripe fruit that is tightly woven within its bold textural consistency. Biodynamic farming is implemented and the wine (40% of...
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