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!
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...
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...
This wine has a rich and spicy nose with citrus and ripe tropical fruit, as well as hints of apple. Lovely palate weight, with minerality. Flavours are initially light and...
A lovely grassy Sauvignon Blanc from Friuli. Deeeelicious.
A lovely, bright fruity wine that is tempered by some spicey, pink peppercorns flavour. A cracking good value for money wine. Contains Sulphites
Just a belting bottle of fizz. Pink, with lots of raspberry flavours and then a delightful fresh, crisp berry flavour. Parmasan + this wine = Happy person.
A fab Montepulciano from Abruzzo - loads of fruit and very very tasty.
A light, citrus focused white wine, lime and geraniums with an almond finish. Settimo Pizzolato has mastered making wine with no added sulphites, and is the first producer we've thought...
Violets, fruity with some blackberry and a hint of pepper on the finish. Settimo Pizzolato has mastered making wine with no added sulphites, and is the first producer we've thought...
So Zinfandel is best known in America, but it is actually Primitivo from the south of Italy. Fed up with nobody knowing this, the Italians have started calling their wines...
"Soft, round, peachy stone fruit, with rounded creamy acidity and lemon sherbet on the finish" Ronan Sayburn, Sommelier Wine Awards 2014
A fruity bouquet with inklings of cherry. Gentle with a herby note. Proper Chianti. Contains Sulphites
"A medium to full bodied white with lots of white flowers and tropical fruit. Lovely balanced acidity with fresh citrus and core fruit." In 1970 Antonio Menicucci planted his first...
"Straw colour with white flowers, fruits and then bitter almond. Ideal with seafood and mushrooms" In 1970 Antonio Menicucci planted his first grapes, and now three generations later the family...
"Lovely intense strawberry and cherry flavours, mixed with a fresh almond like finish" In 1970 Antonio Menicucci planted his first grapes, and now three generations later the family produce a...
"A big, bold, ruby red colour with loads of cherry aromas. The palate has lovely soft tannins, more of the cherry and a little bit of raspberry." In 1970 Antonio...
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...
So Soave! Fresh aromas of apples, mandarin and white flowers. The palate is vibrant and juicy with ripe fruit, crisp acidity and a mineral finish.
A deep, earthy nose with a whiff of pipe tobacco at the finish. A fairly rich palate with firm but not too dry tannins and a good length of finish....
This organic Prosecco shows loads of green apples, citrus fruit flavours and then a lovely smooth finish.
Settimo Pizzolato has mastered making wine with no added sulphites, and is the first producer we've thought that the wines are worth stocking based on quality alone. He is the...