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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.

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... 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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  1. Prosecco Amori Spumante, Italy

    Prosecco Amori, Italy 75cl

    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 nose which harmonises beautifully on the palate. Excellent as an aperitif but also wonderful with white fish and shellfish.

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  2. Prosécco di Valdobbiadene, Riva dei Ciliegi Ca'Vittoria

    Prosécco di Valdobbiadene, Riva dei Ciliegi Ca'Vittoria, Congellano Valobbiadene, Italy 75cl

    This Prosecco is a cut above the rest with a richer edge and more depth than most of its counterparts. It is a beautifully balanced wine that is full of flavour whilst retaining that deliciously fresh and zingy character that we have grown to love.&nb

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  3. Ita Prosecco Spumante Brut, Italy, 2014

    Ita Prosecco Spumante Brut, Italy, 2014 75cl

    A slightly dryer style of Prosecco which offers generous amounts of fruit and has a crisp refreshing finish.

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  4. Vetriano Pinot Grigio Rose Spumante, Italy

    Vetriano Pinot Grigio Rose Spumante, Italy 75cl

    Fresh, dry and crammed with summer fruits, a sparkling version of the Italian classic grape Pinot Grigio, with a twist of pink. Enjoy chilled, perfect for all occasions.

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  5. Rosa Regale Brachetto, Banfi, Piedmont, 2017

    Rosa Regale Brachetto, Banfi, Piedmont, 2017 75cl

    Red fruits such as cranberry and raspberry on the nose. The palate is soft with the light mousse creating a refreshing mouth feel.

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  6. Prosecco Amori, Italy

    Prosecco Amori, Italy (Quarter) 20cl

    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 nose which harmonises beautifully on the palate. Excellent as an aperitif but also wonderful with white fish and shellfish.

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    £3.96
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  7. Lunetta Prosecco Brut (Quarter), Italy

    Lunetta Prosecco Brut (Quarter), Italy 20cl

    Prosecco such as this really is the drink of the moment and this has all the fresh fruit flavour and delightful bubbles we've come to expect. Brilliantly refreshing with plenty of character, this is just delicious!

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  8. Lunetta Rosé Spumante (Quarter), Italy

    Lunetta Rosé Spumante (Quarter), Italy 20cl

    Prosecco such as this really is the drink of the moment and this has all the fresh fruit flavour and delightful bubbles we've come to expect. Brilliantly refreshing with plenty of character, this is just delicious!

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  9. D’Ambra Iscchia Bianco

    d’Ambra Iscchia Bianco, 2015 75cl

    A highly aromatic white which shows some orange peel and fragrant sea air notes, followed by a dry, mineral palate. It’s a highly individual wine which is fun and refreshing.

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  10. Carlomagno Fiano

    Carlomagno Fiano, 2017 75cl

    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.

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  11. Falanghina di Sannio, Fremondo, 2017

    Falanghina di Sannio, Fremondo, 2017 75cl

    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 on the finish.

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  12. Fedele Bianco, Terre Siciliane, 2016

    Fedele Bianco, Terre Siciliane, 2016 75cl

    Fedele Bianco is an enjoyable, everyday drinking wine that offers intense aromas of both citrus and tropical fruit flavours. Perfect with seafood or as an aperitif.

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