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Italy

Italy

The history, passion and peculiarities of Italy are eloquently expressed in its wine.  It can be brilliant, bullish, exciting, seductive and wrapped in impenetrable bureaucracy.  Wine is produced from the southern tip of Sicily to the foothills of the Alps and is the preserve of everyone from peasants to international experts.

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    • Veneto
    • Italy
    An intense bouquet of spice and ripe dark fruit leads onto a well rounded palate with an rich, lengthy finish. Read More
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    Fresh, round and extremely pleasant with aromatic notes of peach and a slight florality. Read More
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    A classic off dry rosè from Nothern Italy. Soft light strawberry fruits. Read More
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    Deep concentrated aromas of dark chocolate and spice. Full and well balanced with a rich, warm, silky texture. Read More
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    A gentle Prosecco with a fizz that is fresh and fruity. Aromas of citrus and green apple on the nose lead to soft grapey flavours on the palate. The f... Read More
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    Fresh, fruity and complex. Hints of cherry, plum jam and red fruits on the nose alongside aromas of vanilla and licorice given by the wood. On the pal... Read More
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    A refreshing light white with aromas of citrus and tropical fruit on both the nose and palate. Would be an ideal match with lighter dishes such as a p... Read More
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    Red fruits such as cranberry and raspberry on the nose. The palate is soft with the light mousse creating a refreshing mouth feel. Read More
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    Refreshing and clean with a citrus fruit driven nose and palate. Read More
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    A slightly dryer style of Prosecco which offers generous amounts of fruit and has a crisp refreshing finish. Read More
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    An intensely aromatic dry white wine. Crisp and refreshing with lovely palate of tropical and citrus fruits. Perfect on its own or as an accompany to ... Read More
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    Luscious plum aromas on both the nose and palate with hints of peppery spice reminiscent of an Aussie Shiraz. Read More
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    Dense and full bodied with dark berry fruit and vanilla notes. The finish is long and has a flinty edge. Read More
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    A fruity Italian white which shows exceptional balance. One of Italy's most underappreciated grapes. Read More
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    One of the great unsung hero's of Italian winemaking! A true all rounder which is packed with notes of citrus and apple but retains a nutty complexity... Read More
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    Subtle dark fruit aromas of black cherry and plum start on the nose and move gracefully onto the palate. A medium bodied wine with subtle tannin's and... Read More
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    Lively and refreshing with a nose of red summer berries and a slight florality. Read More
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    Pale light yellow colour, with fine and elegant bubbles which create a soft yet refreshing mouth feel. The fruit is delicate with a slightly aromatic ... Read More
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    A Pinot Grigio that is soft with a lightly refreshing character. Hints of honey and pear drops on the nose with a good long dry finish. A well ma... Read More
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    Fedele Nero d'Avola has a wonderful structure, yet has soft tannins and is very approachable. Packed with red berry fruit flavours, it is ideal with r... Read More
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    Fedele Bianco is an enjoyable, everyday drinking wine that offers intense aromas of both citrus and tropical fruit flavours. Perfect with seafood or a... Read More
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    This wine is made by crushing partially dried grapes which has the effect of making the juice super concentrated. The result is a wine with intense ar... Read More
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    Full and fruity on the nose with intense tropical notes of banana and mango on the palate. The finish shows great balance and a slight nutty character... Read More
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History

The Romans found the vine flourishing, courtesy of the Greeks and Etruscans, by the time that they controlled the peninsula.  With their love for wine they came to understand its requirements and develop an enormous range of indigenous grape varieties, many of which survive and thrive to this day.  With the collapse of the empire the country was fragmented for centuries and, though it was unified in 1861, it will take more than 150 years to lose the fierce and fabulous regionality that developed in the era of the great city states.

Classification System

The Italian system of classification came late compared with Spain and France, but its laudable aim was to preserve the character and traditions of hundreds of regions and thousands of wines. Unfortunately, the Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) classification of 1963 was flawed through an overly rigid approach. Since then it has been considerably altered and a total of four classifications now seek to clarify the often perplexing richness of Italian winemaking.

Climate and Conditions

Ten degrees of latitude and 1300 metres of altitude separate the extremes of Italian winemaking.  From the steepness of the Alps to the shores of the Mediterranean the vine is ubiquitous.  Over two thousand native grapes have developed across thousands of years and each has found a niche in the extremely varied regions of Italy.  The diversity of wines this allows is immense.

The Wines of Today

It is hardly surprising that with over a million grape growers the Italian wine industry is highly fragmented and devoid of large international brands.  There was a time when this greatly handicapped the quality of the wine being produced, but since the Second World War huge strides have been taken to remedy this.  An emerging and discerning middle class, the DOC classification system, international influences and modernisation have been allied to the independent spirit, regional character and indigenous grape varieties that have always existed to produce unique and increasingly excellent wines.  Italian wine, beyond the most famous, requires effort to understand but rewards the intrepid.

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