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The Colonised Greeks called Italy “Oenotria” – the land of wines. No longer playing second fiddle to France, Italy has established her own highly distinctive wine personality. In terms of geography there is little of Italy that is not wine country. With it slopes, sunshine and a temperate climate, Italy can’t fail to produce great wines in a number of styles and varieties. Her soil is volcanic and limestone, ideal for wine growing.

Let’s take a look at some of Italy’s important wine regions as below :

Piedmont :  Lying in the Northwest corner of Italy, Piedmont is located at the foothills of the Alps forming its border with France and Switzerland. The majority of the region's winemaking takes place in the southern part of Piedmont around the towns of Alba, Asti and Alessandria. The best-known wines from the region include Barolo and Barbaresco, made from the Nebbiolo grape. Other popular grapes used for red wine production are Barbera and Dolcetto. Piedmont is also home to the sparkling wine Asti, made from the Moscato grape. The Piedmont region is home to 45 DOCs and 12 DOCGs

Friuli-Venezia Giulia : This northeast area is known predominantly for its white wines made from Friulano (important local grape), Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio and Pinot Bianco, which are considered some of the best examples of Italian whites. However, 40% of wine produced is red with Merlot being the dominant variety. The best vineyards in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia are located on the south facing slopes of the Alps foothills in the southern part of the region. The vineyard yields of the Friuli are among the lowest in Italy and with its quest for high quality over quantity, these wines tend to be more costly than other Italian whites. Along with the Veneto and Trentino-Alto Adigel, the Friuli-Venezia Giulia forms the Tre Venezie wine region which ranks with Tuscany and Piedmont as Italy's world class wine regions. Friuli has 11 DOCs, 3 DOCGs and 3 IGT designations.

Veneto : The biggest DOC producer in not just the Tre Venezie but also in the whole of Italy, Veneto region produces more whites than reds and is home to the famous Soave wines. The region is protected from the harsh northern European climate by the Alps, the foothills of which form the Veneto's northern extremes. These cooler climes are well-suited to white varieties like Garganega (the main grape for Soave wines), Glera (formerly Prosecco), Verduzzo, Tocai, Trebbiano di Soave and Chardonnay while the warmer Adriatic coastal plains and river valleys are where the renowned Valpolicella, Amarone and Bardolino DOC reds are produced. One of Italy's leading wine schools, Conegliano, is based here and the nation's most important wine fair, Vinitaly, takes place each spring in Verona.

Tuscany : Possibly the most famous Italian region outside of Italy, Tuscany lies at the heart of the Italy and comprises of important regions like the Chianti, Carmignano, Montalcino, Montepulciano and the Tuscan Coast. Tuscany has 29 DOCs and 7 DOCGs designations. After Piedmont and the Veneto, Tuscany produces the third highest volume of DOC/G quality wines. Important grapes include Sangiovese, Cabernet franc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot noir, Sauvignon blanc and Syrah. Of the many local red grape varieties Canaiolo, Colorino, Malvasia Nera and Mammolo are the most widely planted. For Tuscan white wines, Trebbiano is the most widely planted variety. Tuscany is also home to the “Super Tuscans” that are created by blending Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot with Sangiovese to create robust, firm ad full bodied red wines. They have come to become a brand of their own, not to be recognised under the classification system.

Puglia : Producing more wine than the whole of Australia, Puglia’s wine scene is in a state of revolution. Most of the region’s interesting wines are red; important grape varieties being Negroamaro, Primitivo (Zinfandel) and Malvasia Nera. These Italian wines when not reined in by imported technology are extremely high in alcohol.

Sicily : The Mediterranean island of Sicily has more vineyards than any of the other Italian regions competing with Puglia for first place as the largest wine producer. Yet, Sicilians consume less wine per capita than any other Italian. Vast majority of Sicilian wine is white with Marsala, the fortified white dessert wine being the most famous made from Catarratto grapes, Italy’s second most planted variety. Other white wine grapes include Grecanico, Inzolia and Chardonnay.  The red grape that may make Sicily’s reputation is Nero d’Avola that is blended with Syrah and Merlot in the northern coast. Other red grape varieties include Frapatto

Sardinia : Italy’s northern major Mediterranean island has over the centuries seen many of the same influences as Sicily. A great majority of Sardinia’s grapes are Spanish in origin. The light lemony Vermentino is this island’s most characteristic grape varietal with Vermentino di Gallura being one of Italy’s surprising DOCGs. Cannonau the local form of Spanish Grenache accounts for 20% of wine production. Other notable red grape is Carignano. Sardinia’s wines of real distinction operate outside the DOC system. Red Monica and Giro and white Nuragus and Nasco are typically Sardinian grapes of obscure origin.

 

Our Wines :
  1. Collavini, IL Grigio Spumante - NV

    WS 83
    Italy
    Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio
    Sparkling Wine
  2. Lis Neris, Sauvignon Blanc - 2007

    Italy
    Sauvignon Blanc
    White Wine

    Out of stock

  3. Out of stock

  4. Brancaia, ILATRAIA, "Super Tuscan" - 2009

    RP 89 WS 90
    Italy
    Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot
    Red Wine

    Out of stock

  5. Querciabella, BATAR - 2006

    WS 90
    Italy
    Chardonnay
    White Wine

    Out of stock