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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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    • Italy
    Aromas of dark cherry and hints of spice are present throughout with a very full palate. The finish has plenty of spicy notes to compliment the rich f... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Italy
    • Lombardy
    A lively fresh and sedutive Italian sparkling brut rose. Great depth of lavour, with soft strawberry fruit character and and pearly finish. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Italy
    Citrus and gently floral aromas lead to a very fresh and zippy palate with crisp green apple and lightly honeyed characters. A refreshing and approac... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Veneto
    • Italy
    Fresh, round and extremely pleasant with aromatic notes of peach and a slight florality. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Italy
    • Vento
    A modern fresh, crisp white from the hills of Eastern Vento. Amoas on zesty white flowers with balanced by a crisp mineral finsh. A compleyly funky an... Read More
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    • Venezie
    A craming white wine full of grace and elegance. Soft tropival aromas with a vibrant peach and apple juice notes.Notes of pineapple of the long crisp ... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Italy
    A deep, dense purple-red colour, with strong cassis and chocolate flavours on the palate. Great with strong cheeses. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Italy
    Rich, dark and luscious, a favourite ingredient for Italian-style cooking. Read More
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    • Origin
    • Italy
    Full and ripe bouquet of peppers. Rich and concentrated with a soft yet firm black fruit finish. 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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    • Origin
    • Italy
    This is an amazingly deep and brooding red. Wonderful aromas of deep red berry and dried raisins. A Chocolatey bitterness shows through on the palate ... Read More
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    • Origin
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    A classic Italian red. A deep, intense and concentrated wine with a fine scented bouquet. Read More
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    • Origin
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    Rich ruby colour and intense aromas of smoke and red bell pepper. Hints of smoke, tart cherry and green herbs are presented in this well structured ex... Read More
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    • Origin
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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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    • Origin
    • Italy
    Light and very approachable this is an easy-drinker suitable for most occasions. Lovely fresh cherry fruit content is presented with medium to light b... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Italy
    • Tuscany
    A funky and fun red from the Tuscan hills of Greve. Ripe aromas of sweet violets and womnderful spicy red cherry fruits shoing through o nthe palalte.... Read More
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    • Origin
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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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    • Origin
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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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    • Origin
    • Italy
    A vibrant, deep-purple colour. This wine displays rich, luscious cherry fruit with a warm, lingering finish. Read More
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    Light in character with low tannin and plenty of cherry fruit flavour. A very approachable wine that is delicious on a warm day, a real thirst-quenchi... Read More
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    • Italy
    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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    Restrained ripe fruit on the nose presents itself with the same soft elegance on the palate with cassis by far the most dominant flavour. Black and re... Read More
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    Excellent depth of colour and a pronounced bouquet. Lovely, ripe fruit on the palate with a refined, elegant finish. 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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