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!
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 fresh, dry white with gentle floral and citrus aromas. Crisp and delicate on the palate with lightly honeyed fruit balanced by lemony acidity and a fresh, dry finish. Contains...
A ripe, fat flavour and good, balancing acidity with roundness on the finish.
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 lovely grassy Sauvignon Blanc from Friuli. Deeeelicious.
"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 light sappy nose with a distinctive almondy tone. On the palate it is rounded and with a lively crispness on the finish.
"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...
"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...
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...
This organic Prosecco shows loads of green apples, citrus fruit flavours and then a lovely smooth finish.
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....
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...
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...
Zingy medium bodied wine with lots of sweet berry and herb flavours.
"This is dense with plum and blackberry flavor, lively acidity adding succulence. It finishes dry and balanced, edged in black spices. Get some Mortadella and drink this - you will...
Morellino is the name for Sangiovese in the Maremma region of Tuscany and this estate is owned by two brothers. It has lovely cherry fruit and then a herby note...