Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico Brolio 2014 Sangiovese 80%, Merlot 15%, Cabernet Sauvignon 5%. This wine, a blend of primarily Sangiovese grapes, is typical of the best modern day Chianti Classico, while displaying the elegance and...
Boccantino Nero d`Avolo 2014 100% Nero d Avolo. Aromas of ripe black cherries and blackberries and hints of vanilla, peppery spice, and smoke. On the palate, abundant flavours of ripe fruit and exotic spices are balanced by a pleasing acidity and...
Chianti Classico DOCG Geografico, Tuscany, Italy 2016
Sangiovese 90%, Canaiolo 10% with 10 months in oak.
Intense scents of violets with a dry flavour and good tannins.
Try with roasted meats or cheese.
Chianti Duca di Saragnano, Tuscany, Italy 2017
The intense and young purplish red of this wine, is related to strong vinous and fruity perceptions marked by forest berries, cherries and spiced hints of violets...
Chianti Fiasco Botter, Florence, Italy, 2018
A blend of Sangiovese and Canaiolo Nero unoaked.
A soft and flavoursome wine with good depth, soft fruit and easy tannins on the finish.
The classic Fiasco (wicker)...
Gavi Di Gavi La Minaia Nicola Bergaglio, Piedmont, Italy 2018
A crisp refreshing dry white wine. Pale gold in colour with flashes of diamond brilliance, it has a light, fresh, mineral and citrus bouquet. The palate is...
Grillo Sicilia Rupe Secca 2017, Sicily, Italy
Grape variety, Grillo
Grillo is a white Italian wine grape variety which withstands high temperatures and is widely used in Sicilian wine-making.
The Grillo, Rupe Secca is a superb example of what...
Nebbiolo, Pio Cesare, Langhe DOC, Piemonte, Italy 2016
100% Nebbiolo aged in medium-toasted French oak for 24 months: 20% in barriques, 80% in 20-50 hectolitre casks.
Intense and ripe berry fruit along with mild and almost sweet...
Pecorino, Pemo, Terre di Chieti, Southern Italy, 2017 Grape variety, 100% Pecorino This Pecorino is very fresh, zinging with lively citrus acidity, notes of tropical fruits and a certain minerality, which gives the wine...
Pecorino Tor del Colle 2017, Abruzzo, Italy
Grape variety, 100% Pecorino
A crisp and fresh Pecorino from Abruzzo; lemon-green in colour with blossom and grapefruit aromas on the nose. The palate is dry and crisp with a zesty citrus acidity...
Rosso di Montepulciano DOC Duca di Saragnano, Tuscany, Italy, 2016
Mostly Sangiovese aged in oak for 3 months.
Young red in colour with purple hues. The bouquet is intensely vinous with notes of forest berries, cherries, violets and...
Soave Classico Ca Visco 2017, Coffele, Veneto, Italy
Grape varieties, Garganega and Trebbiano di Soave
An intense and inviting white with aromas of apple, pear, citrus fruits, passion fruit and mint. The wine is dry, with an acidity...
Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano, 2014, Duca Di Saragnano, Tuscany, Italy Grape varieties, a blend of Tuscan grapes mostly Sangiovese and Canaiolo Nero aged in large oak barrels for 18 months. Intense purple red with a garnet rim. The nose...
Italian wine regions
Italy's 20 wine regions correspond to the 20 administrative regions. Understanding of Italian wine becomes clearer with an understanding of the differences between each region; their cuisines reflect their indigenous wines, and vice-versa. The 36 DOCG wines are located in 13 different regions but most of them are concentrated in Piedmont and Tuscany. Among these are appellations: Barolo, Barbaresco, and Brunello di Montalcino (colloquially known as the "Killer B's").
The regions are from Northwest to Southeast: Aosta Valley (Valle D'Aosta), Piedmont (Piemonte), Liguria, Lombardy (Lombardia), Trentino-AltoAdige/Südtirol, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany (Toscana), Marche (Le Marche), Umbria, Lazio, Abruzzo, Molise, Campania, Basilicata, Apulia (Puglia), Calabria, Sicily (Sicilia), Sardinia (Sardegna)
Key Italian wine varieties
Bianco (White) Arneis, Catarratto, Fiano, Garganega, Malvasia Bianca , Moscato, Nuragus, Pigato, Pinot Grigio, Ribolla Gialla, Tocai Friulano, Trebbiano, Verdicchio ,Vermentino. Non-native varieties that the Italians plant include Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer (sometimes called traminer aromatico), Petite Arvine, Riesling, and many others. Rosso (Red) Aglianico, Barbera, Corvina, Dolcetto, Malvasia Nera, Montepulciano, Nebbiolo, Negroamaro, Nero d'Avola, Sagrantino, Sangiovese. Other major red varieties are Ciliegolo, Gaglioppo, Lagrein, Lambrusco, Monica, Nerello Mascalese, Pignolo, Primitivo (Zinfandel in California), Refosco, Schiava, Schiopettino, Teroldego, and Uva di Troia. "International" varieties such as Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah are also widely grown.
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