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  1. Il Papavero Primitivo Puglia
    CountryItaly
    Primitivo
    Dramatically rich, pure Primitivo from maestro Scipione Giuliani – the dark side of Il Papavero
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  2. Caroso Montepulciano Riserva
    CountryItaly
    Montepulciano
    Mature, barrel-aged Italian red – a rare Montepulciano Riserva from the beautiful Abruzzo
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    Colle Marianna Soave
    CountryItaly
    Garganega
    Suave Soave, one of Italy's best-known whites, here with superb citrusy pear fruit and mineral zip
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  4. Corsiero Nero Puglia
    CountryItaly
    Nero di Troia
    The dark horse of Puglian wine, full of southern warmth and packed with velvety, spiced black fruit
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  5. Villa Broglia Gavi di Gavi
    CountryItaly
    Cortese
    Villa Broglia is a bright star in Gavi in brilliant form with this crisp, citrusy, Double-Gold 2022
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  6. Il Brutto Negroamaro Primitivo
    CountryItaly
    Negroamaro-based blend
    Deep, rich red brimming with southern Italian character. Negroamaro Primitivo at its dark spicy best
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  7. Casa Cantalini Prosecco Spumante
    CountryItaly
    Glera
    With Prosecco, ‘la vita è dolce’! Celebrate any time with this lively, fruity, gentle Italian fizz
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  8. Villa Broglia Gavi di Gavi Anniversario
    CountryItaly
    Cortese
    Villa Broglia is a bright star in Gavi in brilliant form with this superb Anniversary edition
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  9. Terra di Nonno Vermentino
    CountryItaly
    Vermentino
    Intensely citrusy, apple and pear, floral white – characterful Vermentino from sun-blessed Sicily
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  10. Badia a Passignano Chianti Gran Selezione
    CountryItaly
    Sangiovese
    Awarded 94pts last vintage by James Suckling, this is an intense Chianti Classico from Antinori
    £60.00 per bottle when you mix 6+
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  11. Alessandro Gallici Prosecco Anniversario
    CountryItaly
    Glera
    Special anniversary edition of creamy-mousse Prosecco from Alessandro Gallici, beautifully packaged!
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  12. East by North East Pinot Grigio
    CountryItaly
    Pinot Grigio
    Fabulous quality Pinot Grigio from the superb Friuli and 100-point winemaker Steffano Chioccioli
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    Castel del Lago Bianco
    CountryItaly
    White blend
    Delicious Italian white from vineyards overlooking Lake Garda. Rounded, lightly peachy and crisp
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  14. Poggio al Lago Ripasso Valpolicella Ripasso
    CountryItaly
    Red blend
    Dense cherry and dark chocolate notes in this superb Ripasso Classico Superiore from Valpolicella 
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  15. w/o Organic Lucido
    CountryItaly
    Lucido
    Wine without compromise from grape to glass, a Sicilian white brimful of bright, peachy fruit
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  16. Tenuta Fenice Nero d’Avola
    CountryItaly
    Nero d'Avola
    The earthquake red – a rich, barrel-aged Sicilian wine from Dino Taschetta to honour his grandfather
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  17. Di Cavallo Sangiovese
    CountryItaly
    Sangiovese
    Juicy, food-friendly, cherryish Sangiovese from a region next door to Tuscany. Like a supple Chianti
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  18. Cia' Ludo Montepulciano
    CountryItaly
    Montepulciano
    Lots of ripe, juicy plum fruit in this cheery, bright Montepulciano red from Italy's Abruzzo
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  19. Cia' Ludo Trebbiano
    CountryItaly
    Trebbiano
    Vibrant citrus flavours and a fresh clean finish make Cia' Ludo Trebbiano an easy-drinking delight
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  20. Le Viti di Beatrice Gavi
    CountryItaly
    Cortese
    Crisp, apple-fresh Gavi, Italy's much-loved classic, guided from vine to glass by Beatrice Vezza
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  21. Farinelli Pinot Grigio
    CountryItaly
    Pinot Grigio
    Delicious, ripe orchard fruit notes in this fresh Pinot Grigio from Italy’s coastal Abruzzo region
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  22. Il Papavero Pinot Grigio
    CountryItaly
    Pinot Grigio
    Brilliant Pinot Grigio with top marks for character, quality and value. Deliciously refreshing too
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  23. Muraccio Organic
    CountryItaly
    Sangiovese
    Superb Tuscan red from little-known La Parrina, a small peninsula within the famous Maremma area
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    A special w/o ‘thank you’ deal ... 20% off with a FREE bottle
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Wine FAQs
What is Italian Wine?

Italy is a winemaking paradise. Hundreds of unique grape varieties thrive across its 20 diverse wine regions. Each area has a distinct climate, resulting in a wide range of flavours in Italian wines.

Tuscany, Piedmont, Lombardy and Sicily are just a few of the most famous wine-producing regions in Italy, each earning international recognition. Wines from these regions have become go-to’s for wine drinkers worldwide.

What are Italy’s main wine regions?

Italy's most famous wine regions include:

  • Tuscany: Nestled in the heart of Central Italy, Tuscany is steeped in winemaking tradition. Here, you’ll find renowned wines such as Chianti, celebrated for its red and black fruit flavours, and Brunello di Montalcino, known for its deep flavours and ageing potential. Beyond these iconic wines made from native grapes, Tuscany has pushed the envelope with “Super Tuscans”. These wines break traditional blending rules, often incorporating international grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon with the local Sangiovese.
  • Piedmont: Located in northwestern Italy, Piedmont’s exceptional climate and fertile soil make it a winemaking powerhouse. The prestigious Barolo and Barbaresco red wines come from here. But it’s not all reds – the region’s Moscato d’Asti offers a sweet and lightly sparkling white alternative.
  • Veneto: Beyond the canals of Venice, the northeast region of Veneto is best known for its vibrant sparkling wine Prosecco. It’s also celebrated for lush reds such as Amarone della Valpolicella, made with air-dried grapes for extra richness and more concentrated flavours.
  • Lombardy: Close to Italy’s lakes in the north, Lombardy is the home of Franciacorta. This sparkling wine, made in the traditional method similar to Champagne, shines with elegance and complexity. The region’s cooler climate and limestone-rich soils are also ideal for growing white wine grapes.
  • Puglia: The heel of Italy’s boot enjoys plenty of sun, making it prime territory for reds. Grapes such as Primitivo (related to California’s Zinfandel) and Negroamaro thrive here, producing robust and fruit-forward wines, often with a hint of Mediterranean herbs.
  • Trentino-Alto Adige: Situated in the northernmost part of Italy and bordered by the Alps, this region enjoys a cooler climate. It’s a haven for white wines, especially those made from Pinot Grigio, known for its crispness, and Gewürztraminer, celebrated for its aromatic intensity.
  • Emilia-Romagna: This region is home to the famous Lambrusco wines – a red sparkling wine with sweet flavours. The area’s Pignoletto offers a dry sparkling white option that pairs beautifully with the region’s rich culinary offerings.
  • Sicily: The Italian island of Sicily has recently redefined itself in the wine world – stepping out of its mafia shadow to showcase truly excellent wines. Standout grapes include the red Nero d’Avola, offering rich berry flavours, and the whites Grillo and Catarratto, both known for their fresh and aromatic profiles. Sicily’s volcanic soils also add a unique minerality to many of its wines.

Discover more in our beginner's guide to Italian wine regions

What is the Italian wine appellation system?

To ensure the high quality and authenticity of Italian wine, the country uses a strict appellation system (similar to France). It has four main categories of quality that can help wine lovers pick outstanding wines to try – from the most basic VdT to the highest level of DOCG.

  • VdT: Standing for Vino da Tavola (“table wine”), this is a base classification. The only criteria for this category is that wines are made from grapes cultivated in Italy regardless of the specific region. Wines with this label still have the potential for unique flavours despite being labelled as lower quality.
  • IGT: An Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT) label typically requires wines to meet a geographical category, with the grapes used all coming from the named region. Despite the label suggesting lower quality, there are still excellent wines in this category – “Super Tuscans”, for example, are labelled as IGT as a protest against the stricter DOCG and DOC restrictions.
  • DOC: Despite not being the highest level of quality, the Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) still has strict rules to follow. It’s easy to find a prestigious wine in a variety of styles, from the fresh Prosecco to the rich Nero d’Avola. Around 330 Italian appellations have this label.
  • DOCG: This is the most demanding label to achieve. Only 78 wine regions hold the title of Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG), and each one must follow strict rules covering grapes and winemaking techniques. A panel of tasting experts are the ones who test and approve wines for this label.
What are some well-known Italian red wines?

Red wine takes up a significant chunk of Italy’s winemaking. Famous red wines include:

  • Barolo: One of Italy’s most famous and age-worthy red wines, Barolo is made from the Nebbiolo grape. This rich, full-bodied wine is aged in oak and possesses distinct flavours reminiscent of roses and dried herbs. Known as the “King of Wines”, Barolo has DOCG classification, emphasising its superior quality. When it comes to pairing, Barolo works well with rich meats and a range of different cheese styles.
  • Chianti: This iconic wine from Tuscany is made from the Sangiovese grape. It offers tastes of cherry and plum, accompanied by earthy undertones. Medium-bodied, Chianti is a versatile wine, making it a favourite for pairing with various dishes, from pasta to roasted meats.
  • Barbaresco: Another gem from Piedmont, Barbaresco shares its signature Nebbiolo grape with Barolo. However, it offers a softer texture with more subtle flavours of cherry and cinnamon notes. Its aromatic profile is slightly sweet, enhancing its appeal. Rich, cheesy dishes or those with creamy sauces are great with a glass of Barbaresco. 
What are Italy's best white wines?

Italy has a wide range of white wines, each with unique characteristics and flavours. They include:

  • Pinot Grigio: Perhaps Italy’s most iconic white wine. Pinot Grigio’s light and refreshing nature, with subtle notes of apple, pear and a touch of white flower, makes it an excellent choice for enjoying with a range of dishes.
  • Soave: From the Veneto region in northeastern Italy, Soave is another famous Italian white wine. Produced mainly from the Garganega grape, its flavour ranges from ripe pear and citrus to a hint of sweet almond. Known for its crisp acidity and dry palate, Soave pairs wonderfully with many dishes.
  • Verdicchio: Verdicchio is a crisp, dry white wine from the Marche region with citrus and almond flavours. It’s often considered one of Italy’s most characterful white wines.
  • Gavi: Piedmont’s Gavi has steadily gained attention for its well-rounded taste. Made from the Cortese grape, it is packed with flavours of juicy fruits such as peach and melon, underpinned by a hint of apple, making it a refreshing choice.
What are Italy's best sparkling wines?

Italy creates several note-worthy sparkling wines, Some of the best-known are:

  • Prosecco: Made in Veneto from Glera grapes, Prosecco is Italy’s most famous sparkling wine. Dry and refreshing, it has crisp flavours of pear, green apple, honeydew melon and honeysuckle aromas.
  • Asti Spumante: Offering a sweeter palate, Asti Spumante captures the essence of the Moscato Bianco grape. With a flavour profile that bursts with peach, blossom, and nectarine, its DOCG status – awarded in 1993 – is a testament to its outstanding quality and character.
  • Franciacorta: This impressive sparkling wine from Lombardy is made in the same way as Champagne. Compared to Prosecco, Franciacorta is more full-bodied and complex, with citrus, peach and toasted brioche flavours. This sparkling wine can be made from various grapes, including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc.
What is the history of winemaking in Italy?

Italy has a deeply rooted winemaking history that dates back to the 8th century BC when the Mycenaean Greeks named it “Oenotria,” or “land of vines.”

But it was the Romans who helped Italy’s wines truly flourish. They created new ways to make wine, identified the best spots for vineyards, and even classified grape varieties.

The Dark Ages saw monasteries preserving viticulture, while the Renaissance sparked improvements in production techniques.

Winemaking knowledge continued to improve, but the late 19th century saw the country’s vineyards devastated by the phylloxera pest. Winemaking was revitalised after World War II and the 'Denominazione di Origine Controllata' (DOC) system was introduced in 1963, assuring originality and quality in each bottle.

Over the centuries, Italian winemakers have honed their winemaking skills, with different regions developing their own ways of making wine. These methods, passed down through generations, have given Italian wines their unique and distinctive style.

With a rich history distilled in every drop, Italian wines are prized by wine lovers around the globe.

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