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Northern Italy

Northern Italy includes Piedmont, Veneto and Lombardy within its scope and offers a selection of the finest wines to be found in the world and plenty of excellent everyday drinking. 

Northern Italy includes Piedmont, Veneto and Lombardy within its scope and offers a selection of the finest wines to be found in the world and plenty of excellent everyday drinking. 

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Barolo and Barbaresco, both produced from the Nebbiolo grape, and Valpolicella are legendary red wines whilst Gavi and Soave are whites of international repute. Variety is vast, as is quality, but with a little understanding it is an incredibly rewarding winemaking region to explore, and one that will satisfy all budgets and occasions.

Styles of Wine

Long-lived, complex Barolos and powerful Valpolicellas, both red wines, may fly the flag for the region but Northern Italy is predominatly a producer of crisp whites from mainly indigenous grapes, such as Gavi and Soave, and also has a world-famous sparkling wine. Asti Spumante may suffer from a problem of image, but when approached young its low alcohol and sweet fruitfulness can be uplifting. The styles throughout Northern Italy are extremely varied and a closer look at the districts will reveal more about them.

Key Vines

Nebbiolo is the noble grape of Northern Italy, used for Barolo and Barbaresco,other red grapes of importance are Barbera, Bonarda and, for Valpolicella, Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are international varieties that have achieved some success.For the white wines, Garganega is the main grape for Soave, Cortese for Gavi and Moscato for Asti Spumante.  Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc have taken root and a host of indigenous grapes produce everyday wines.  The uninspired Albana is maybe the most interesting of these, if only because the classification of Albana di Romagna as a DOCG wine was so controversial that it led to a complete overhaul of the classification system in 1992.

Climate and Conditions

The vineyards are generally found in the foothills of the Alps and the Apennines.These make for challenging ripening conditions that bring out the best in many of the vines. South-facing slopes are favoured to take full advantage of the sun, though beyond this it is hard to generalise about such a large region.

 

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  1. Franciacorta Miledi Brut, 2011, Italy

    Franciacorta Milledi Brut, 2014, Italy 75cl

    A very attractive and delicate sparkling wine. Soft and persistent with subtle hints of white flowers on the aroma and notes of dried nuts. Lively on the palate with delicate citrus fruits and an apple like character on the finish.

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  2. 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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  3. Prosécco Extra Dry Vetriano, Italy

    Prosécco Extra Dry Vetriano, Italy 75cl

    A delightful easy-drinking sparkler. A touch of retained sugar adds a pleasing sweetness to the crisp and aromatic palate.

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  4. Prosécco Lunetta, Italy

    Prosécco Lunetta, Italy 75cl

    This is what Prosecco is all about. A delicate example with a long persistent mousse. Light and fruity with hints of ripe apples, peaches and ripe stone fruits.

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  5. 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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  6. Prosécco Follador Frizzante, Treviso

    Prosécco Follador Frizzante, Treviso 75cl

    This is an amazing Prosecco. Frizzante is a style that is slightly less sparkling than you would perhaps expect from a Prosecco and, as such, the bubbles are soft in the mouth and feel like they just melt. Fresh and velvety on the palate with aromas of

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  7. Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry Millesimato, Bepin de Eto

    Prosecco Superiore Millesimato, Bepin de Eto, Congellano Valobbiadene, Italy, 2014 75cl

     Apple, pear, and peach fruit on the nose, lifted by delicate floral notes of rose petals and acacia blossoms. The palate is both sweet and smooth leading to a finish ennobled with a hint of fresh greens. 

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  8. Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry, Raphael Dal Bo

    Prosecco Superiore, Raphael Dal Bo, Congellano Valobbiadene, Italy 75cl

    Notes of apple, pear, and peach emerge in the bouquet, then delicate floral impressions of rose petals and acacia blossoms.

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  9. Bepin De Eto Flave Rosato Brut Millesimato

    Bepin De Eto Flave Rosato Brut Millesimato, Congellano Valobbiadene, Italy 75cl

    The generous yet refined bouquet exhibits a rich summer fruit character remeniscient of fragrant white peach and apricot. the palate consists of  melon, lychee, and pink grapefruit, ending on a fine note of ripe pineapple.

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  10. Lunetta Rosé Spumante, Italy

    Lunetta Rosé Spumante, Italy 75cl

    Fresh summer fruit supported by lively fizz, great approachable sparkling wine for a celebration or any occasion.

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  11. 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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  12. Marzemino Frizzante, Cantina Montelliana

    Marzemino Frizzante, Cantina Montelliana, Italy 75cl

    An excellent semi sparkling red which is very intense on both the nose and palate with a summer berry character.

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