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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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Rupe Secca Grillo, Sicily, 2017

    Rupe Secca Grillo, Sicily, 2017 75cl

    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 seafood.

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  7. Frascati, Terre dei Pallavicini,

    Frascati, Terre dei Pallavicini, 2016 75cl

    A straw-coloured wine, with gold-green reflections, a delicate aroma that is slightly fruity and floral, dry, fresh elegant and medium bodied.

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  8. Gavi, del Commune Manfredi, 2015

    Gavi, del Commune Manfredi, 2017 75cl

    A very well balanced wine that has plenty of peach fruit favour that combines elegantly with a dry finish to bring great balance.

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  9. Le Rime Chardonnay Pinot Grigio, Banfi, Toscana, 2017

    Le Rime Chardonnay Pinot Grigio, Banfi, Toscana, 2017 75cl

    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 pasta salad.

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  10. Miopasso Fiano, SicilY

    Miopasso Fiano, Sicily, 2015 75cl

    Refreshingly crisp and gentle honey fragrance. Fresh citrus zest and yellow stone fruit flavours integrate gracefully.

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  11. Pecorino, Noi Cento Roxan, 2017

    Pecorino, Noi Cento Roxan, 2017 75cl

    Refreshing and clean with a citrus fruit driven nose and palate.

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  12. Terrazze Della Luna Nosiola

    Terrazze Della Luna Nosiola, 2016 75cl

    A floral nose with stone fruit and apple notes. The palate is delicate and fresh with hints of green apple, balanced by zesty acidity and a slight nuttiness on the finish.

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