Italy is to some degree shrouded in mystery, with many relatively unknown indigenous grape varieties producing wines which often remain under the radar. There are of course many recognizable and great wines, such as Barolo, Amarone, Chianti and Brunello. We are pleased to bring you a diverse and growing range and an increasing number direct from the domaines.
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Nel vino c'è la verità: “In wine there is truth” and the truth is, this is a cracking half dozen Italian wines that may be enjoyed on any occasion...
This classic local Arneis grape from Piedmont has a yellow pale colour with a green rim. Very pleasant aroma revealing intense floral notes (acacia, chamomile) and fruity (green apple) and citrus notes (fresh lime juice) . This is a lovely wine with good structure and...
The Musso Winery, established in 1929, is located in Barbaresco, Piemonte, in North West Italy. Barbera d’Alba is obtained from the oldest vineyard of Musso, located in Rio Sordo. The wine has notes of red fruit jam and brandied cherries along with cinnamon and vanilla. The palate is rich and intense, with a good balance between alcohol and acidity and a structure that offers good aging potential.
The Musso Winery, established in 1929, is located in Barbaresco, Piemonte, in North West Italy where Nebbiolo grapes are cultivated in the estate vineyards.
Barbaresco “Pora” is a very expressive wine; very rich in aromas of cherries, raspberries and strawberries along with hints of dried flowers, cinnamon and vanilla. The flavour is consistent: full bodied, intense, with fine mature tannins.
Crushed red and dark fruits rendered harmonious by the cellar time. Well integrated wood character, vanilla and spices adding further aromatic layers.
Beautifully harmonious palate with an elegant...
Dolcetto d’Alba is aged in the bottle for 2 months before it is released for sale, the grapes are harvested by hand in order to treat them with the highest level of respect. This is young and fragrant red with notes of violets and cherry red fruits on the nose, the palate offers a great deal with strawberry and a touch of dark chocolate bitterness on the finish. This will match perfectly with a range of cold cuts and cheeses.
Located in Barbaresco, Azienda Agricola Musso was founded in 1929 when Italy was gripped by the 'great depression' which had a huge impact on many large businesses. It was 23 year old Sebastiano Musso who had the bravery and entrepreneurial spirit to go ahead and open the winery after losing his father. This is a fruity, floral wine with dark fruits and an incredibly smooth palate. Match this with a hearty Italian pasta dish.
Made with the Nebbiolo grape which is native to the Piedmont region, this is a full bodied red with intense flavours. This wine has been aged for three years in oak, bringing out the complex flavours of the Nebbiolo grapes, dark plum, leather and a definite spice all complimented by ripe tannins. Match this with a joint of roasted beef on a Sunday afternoon.
Made from a blend of Corvina (70%), Rondinella (20%) and Molinara (10%) grapes. The grapes are hand harvested at the end of October. The late harvested grapes are dried for four months and then crushed. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel for four months followed by...
Established in 2003, Adria Vini uses local grape varieties from the Monferrato hills of Piemont to produce authentic great tasting wines at very reasonable prices.
The Ancora Pinot Grigio is a versatile wine with zesty flavours ideal when matched with seafood and cold white meats.
Suitable for our vegetarian and vegan customers.
From the Pavia region of northwest Italy, the grapes are hand harvested - Pinot Grigio's pink tinge is further enhanced by the addition of a small proportion of Pinot Noir grapes from the same vineyards.
The pale coral pink wine yields strawberry and bramble aromas leading onto a delicate, yet juicy palate with red berry characters. Slight creaminess leads to a crisp dry finish.
Serve chilled as an aperitif or to accompany salads, cold meats such as salami or smoked chicken or seafood dishes.
Created by Filippo Baccalaro, a winemaker with almost 20 years of experience, this is a bright a fruity red wine with a remarkable freshness. Notes of red cherry and a hint of cloves on the full bodied palate, a definite complexity here.
Produced from 85% Garganega and 15% Trebbiano di Soave. This wine makes an ideal partner for light fish and vegetable dishes, or as an aperitif served with simple canapes.
Produced from Barbera grapes grown in vineyards in the South of the province of Asti in Piemonte (North West of Italy). Grapes are hand harvested then the grapes are arrived in the winery into stainless steel tanks for the fermentation process.
The wine is then matured for 4-6 months in stainless steel tanks
Tucked away in the far south of Italy, in Campania, Vesevo produces a range of wines which tend to be fermented at cooler temperatures similar to those found in New Zealand - the wine makers believe that this enhances the flavours giving a purer taste to the wines. The Anglianico from Vesevo is complex and intense on the palate with notes of red fruits - cranberries, cherries and raspberries, this is followed by a touch of spice and a slight hint of vanilla on the lengthy finish.
Gavi del Comune di Gavi is created entirely from Cortese grapes harvested from within the commune of Gavi and forms a crisp and refreshing white wine with broard structure. Aromas of ripe apples and apricots are noticeable, with a touch of lemon.
Pale straw colour with pale green highlights. Bright aromas of citrus fruit and green apple. This summery wine has a smooth mouthfeel and is nicely balanced between fruit and acidity.
Nero d’Avola is the most planted red variety in Sicily. The Cardini wines offer very bold black fruits (Blueberry, Mulberry…), black stone fruits (cherry, plum), and often a gentle...
This is a crisp and refreshing white wine with aromas of ripe apples, apricots and citrus, with floral notes. Perfect chilled down for warm summer evenings alongside a BBQ!
The traditional grape varieties (Corvina 65% , Corvinone 20% , Rondinella 15%) are fermented in barrel. Then after that process the wine will spend around 16 months in 100% Slavonian oak. 'Ripasso' means 'repassed' - and refers to the production process whereby fermented Valpolicella is added to a cask containing the skins and lees remaining from fermented Amarone wines. This gives extra...
Produced from low yielding 30 to 50 year old Montepulciano vines in Abruzzo, matured in a combination of large Slavonian oak casks and French oak barriques for 6-8 months. The result is an intense wine with cherry, ripe plum fruit aromas and warm, earthy spice. The palate is densely packed with morello cherry, cassis and bramble fruit flavours. Tannins are ripe, giving structure to a substantial wine with a fresh sappy finish.
Food match: Hearty pasta dishes with Bolognese sauce.
Rosso di Montalcino is the designation for second wines of producers in Brunello di Montalcino. As with Brunello, this wine is 100% Sangiovese, but there is no demand for fifty months of aging. Brunelli ages their Rosso di Montalcino for 9 months, followed by 4 months in the bottle. This is best enjoyed young to take advantage of its juicy fruit character.
Brunello di Montalcino Riserva is only produced during exceptional years and still very few grapes will pass through the gauntlet and into this wine. 100% Sangiovese is initially fermented for 30 days, followed by carefully controlled malolactic fermentation before a 42 month aging period in Slovenian and French oak. Including bottle aging, this wine is kept for 50 months befor…