Italy, Veneto

Italy has some of the oldest wine production methods in the world and almost every part of the country is planted under vine. From the Alps in the north to the very southernmost parts of Sicily where Africa is almost in sight, wine is successfully cultivated. In addition to the latitude covered, Italy's many mountains and hills provide a plethora of altitudes for grape growing in various soils and micro-climates. The extensive coastlines along the peninsula that is Italy provide maritime climates for the coastal wine-growing areas. Over 350 grape varieties are 'authorised' in Italy, though up to 550 varieties are thought to be grown.

The classification system of Italian wines has four classes, with the intention of defining a wine's origin a quality. Two of these classes are table wines, whilst DOC and DOCG fall under the EU quality wine produced in a specific region category. Vino da Tavola (VDT) means that the wine comes from Italy. Most of these wines are generally basic table wines that are consumed domestically. Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT) denotes a more specific region within Italy, and the resultant will be of higher quality than simple table wines, but won't conform to the rules required for higher certification. Both Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) and Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) are regionally more specific than IGT, and have stricter rules regarding the grape varieties grown, yields per hectare, minimum alcohol levels and so on. The major difference between DOC and DOCG is that the latter has to undergo a blind-tasting session to ensure the highest quality is achieved. Italy has 32 DOCG appelations, 311 DOC appelations and 120 IGT zones.

Key regions include Piedmont, Tuscany, Abruzzo, Veneto, Sicily and Sardinia. Common white varieties grown are Pinot Grigio, Arneis, Vermentino, Verdicchio, Fiano and Moscato. The red varieties grown the most are Sangiovese, Barbera, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo, Montepulciano, Primitivo, Nero d'Avola and Corvina.
Veneto in the north east of Italy, is the 8th largest region in Italy in terms of land mass, and over 90,000 hectares are under vine, of which some 35,000 hectares are DOC, making Veneto the largest producer of DOC wines in Italy. Venetian viticulture dates back to the Roman times, but phylloxera and world wars saw large cooperatives come to the region taking over many smaller vineyards.

The region is protected from the harsh European climate by the Alps, in the north of Veneto, though the cool climate there is ideal for producing Garganega, the main variety in the white wine Soave. To the east, along the Adriatic coast the renowned Valpolicella, Amarone and Bardolino DOC reds are produced. Reds are often blended with multiple grapes although straight varietals like Cabernet Franc can be very enjoyable.

The plains of Piave produce vast quantities of wine, rather than necessarily producing the highest quality wines and up in the Conegliano hills to the north is home to the Prosecco variety, which is growing in popularity, seen as a bargain alternative to Champagne.
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  1. Il Villaggio Pinot Grigio 2020
    Il Villaggio Organico Pinot Grigio is sourced from high altitude vineyards near the Slovenian border, north east of Venice. The combination of altitude, mineral gravel soils and a protected site creates richly flavoured but elegant wines. Andrea Sartori has been ... Learn More
  2. Il Villaggio Pinot Grigio 2018
    Il Villaggio Organico Pinot Grigio is sourced from high altitude vineyards near the Slovenian border, north east of Venice. The combination of altitude, mineral gravel soils and a protected site creates richly flavoured but elegant wines. Andrea Sartori has been ... Learn More
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  3. Monte Tondo Mito Soave Doc 2020
    100% Garganega. Intense bouquet of white blossom, with citrus and nashi pear. Persistent and harmonious flavour, with fresh acidity and a dry finish. Very satisfying. Serve at 10-12ºC. ... Learn More
  4. Monte Tondo Mito Soave Doc 2019
    100% Garganega. Intense bouquet of white blossom, with citrus and nashi pear. Persistent and harmonious flavour, with fresh acidity and a dry finish. Very satisfying. Serve at 10-12ºC. ... Learn More
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  5. Ca’ Del Sole Presecco Doc Treviso Extra Dry 2017
    Ca' del Sole produces wines in keeping with the style and quality that people have become accustomed to from the traditional Prosecco region. Fruity aroma of pear, peach and white flowers closing with mineral notes. Well balanced, soft and savoury ... Learn More
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  6. Farina Venezia Pinot Grigio 2020
    Farina is located in San Pietro in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico; the historical and original Valpolicella. Cousins Claudio and Elena own 10 hectares of their own vineyards and source fruit from long standing grower partnerships which encompass a further 70 ... Learn More
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  7. Terre Del Fohn Pinot Grigio Vigneti Delle Dolomiti 2020
    Classic Italian Pinot Grigio- dry, fresh, great value for money and perfect for the Australian weather! Made by the Simoni family, who have made wines in this region since 1945. This section of North-East Italy is known for unbeatable value Pinot ... Learn More
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  8. Zenato Valpolicella Classico Superiore Doc 2018
    This classic wine from the Valpolicella area is made from 80% Corvina, 10% Rondinella and 10% Sangiovese grapes. A soft, elegant wine, full in flavour. Delicately perfumed, it is reminiscent of maraschino cherries and fruits of the wood. Dry & velvety, with a good ... Learn More
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  9. Zenato Valpolicella Classico Superiore Doc 2017
    This classic wine from the Valpolicella area is made from 80% Corvina, 10% Rondinella and 10% Sangiovese grapes. A soft, elegant wine, full in flavour. Delicately perfumed, it is reminiscent of maraschino cherries and fruits of the wood. Dry & velvety, with a good ... Learn More
  10. Zenato Valpolicella Classico Superiore Doc 2016
    This classic wine from the Valpolicella area is made from 80% Corvina, 10% Rondinella and 10% Sangiovese grapes. A soft, elegant wine, full in flavour. Delicately perfumed, it is reminiscent of maraschino cherries and fruits of the wood. Dry & velvety, with a good ... Learn More
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  11. Ca'Della Scala Allegretto Valpolicella Doc 2018
    From the vineyards of San Pietro in Cariano and Negrar, which have white chalky soils. A blend of Corvina 40%, Rondinella 30% and the very rare Corvinone 30%. The nose exhibits the classic rustic notes of ferrous earth, black olive, dried herbs and ... Learn More
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  12. Ca'Della Scala Allegretto Valpolicella Doc 2019
    From the vineyards of San Pietro in Cariano and Negrar, which have white chalky soils. A blend of Corvina 40%, Rondinella 30% and the very rare Corvinone 30%. The nose exhibits the classic rustic notes of ferrous earth, black olive, dried herbs and ... Learn More
  13. La Dama Valpolicella Classico 2019
    The most authentic wine of Valpolicella, here no process is made between the grapes of the vineyards and the wine on the table. It is ready to drink already in the spring following the harvest and it perfectly suits the ... Learn More
  14. Ca'Della Scala Allegretto Valpolicella Doc 2017
    From the vineyards of San Pietro in Cariano and Negrar, which have white chalky soils. A blend of Corvina 40%, Rondinella 30% and the very rare Corvinone 30%. The nose exhibits the classic rustic notes of ferrous earth, black olive, dried herbs and ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  15. Ca'Della Scala Mezzopiano Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore 2018
    Grapes are sourced from the north of Verona, in the hilly vineyards with medium density soil tending to be calcareous, situated in the villages of Negrar, Fumane, San Pietro In Cariano and Marano. Corvina (40%), Rondinella (30%), Corvinone (30%). The “Ripasso” technique is ... Learn More
  16. Pieropan Soave Classico Doc 2020
    The delicate nose is reminiscent of almond blossoms and marzipan. Good depth of fruit on the palate, nicely balanced by a zingy acidity that enhances its long length. The grape variety is Garganega, an unknown but delicious Italian native variety. ... Learn More
  17. Ca'Della Scala Mezzopiano Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore 2017
    Grapes are sourced from the north of Verona, in the hilly vineyards with medium density soil tending to be calcareous, situated in the villages of Negrar, Fumane, San Pietro In Cariano and Marano. Corvina (40%), Rondinella (30%), Corvinone (30%). The “Ripasso” technique is ... Learn More
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    Mark Faber
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  18. La Dama Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore 2017
    Grapes, wine-making, ageing: Corvina 50% and Corvinone 20%, Rondinella 25%, Molinara 5%. Grapes are collected during the first ten days of October and they are delicately pressed. then the first fermentation begins, which aims to preserve the fragrance and elegance of these grapes. At ... Learn More
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  19. Pieropan Soave Classico Doc 2019
    The delicate nose is reminiscent of almond blossoms and marzipan. Good depth of fruit on the palate, nicely balanced by a zingy acidity that enhances its long length. The grape variety is Garganega, an unknown but delicious Italian native variety. ... Learn More
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  20. Pieropan Soave Classico Doc 2018
    The delicate nose is reminiscent of almond blossoms and marzipan. Good depth of fruit on the palate, nicely balanced by a zingy acidity that enhances its long length. The grape variety is Garganega, an unknown but delicious Italian native variety. ... Learn More
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  21. Ca'Della Scala Mezzopiano Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore 2016
    Grapes are sourced from the north of Verona, in the hilly vineyards with medium density soil tending to be calcareous, situated in the villages of Negrar, Fumane, San Pietro In Cariano and Marano. Corvina (40%), Rondinella (30%), Corvinone (30%). The “Ripasso” technique is ... Learn More
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    Mark Faber
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  22. Giuseppe Quintarelli Bianco 2019
    This rare and wonderful dry Bianco from Quintarelli is just what you would expect from a producer of this magnitude, who makes just the one white wine. Floral, and minerally with zing and zest, this delicious white is poised and ... Learn More
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  23. Farina Amarone della Valpolicella 2018
    Superb wine, the pride of Valpolicella Classica, born from the careful selection of grapes dried in typical fruit drying sheds for about 4 months. The meticulous care of the grapes during the drying and the right maturation first in oak barriques ... Learn More
  24. Italian Grigio Galore! (3x2)
    Cescon Pinot Grigio is United Cellars most popular exclusively imported Italian White tied in with Terre Del Fohn ... Learn More
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  25. Speri Amarone 2013
    A deep garnet red in color, it has an ethereal bouquet of dried fruit. On the palate, it is full-bodied, warm, mouth-filling and dry. A substantial wine of rare elegance that lends itself well to ageing. Undisputedly symbolic of the ... Learn More
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  26. Allegrini Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2016
    Vintage 2016 was characterized by generally positive climatic conditions, despite above-average rainfall in spring. Heavy rain in May meant that prompt and thorough preventative measures had to be undertaken to protect the vines, which successfully safeguarded their health. The marked differences ... Learn More
  27. Online Tasting Pack - North Italy Tasting Thursday 15th July 6:30pm aest

    Northern Italy is a unique region and home to some of the most famous Italian wines being sold outside of Italy. For this tasting we're going to focus on three grape varietals from this region; Arneis, Valpolicella and of ... Learn More

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  28. Romano Dal Forno Valpolicella Superiore 2008
    70% Corvina and Corvina grossa, 20% Rondinella, 5% Croatina and 5% Oseleta. Offers hints of blueberry, blackberry, cherry and chocolate which emerge gradually as the wine breathes. The potent tannins, which give structure to this product, are in perfect symbiosis with the velvety aromas ... Learn More
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  29. Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 2014
    Winery Dal Forno Romano was established by Romano Dal Forno in the early 1980s when he decided to create a new way of producing wines that put an emphasis on quality over quantity. The first grape harvest for Dal forno ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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  30. ONLINE TASTING PACK - ITALIAN WINE FROM NORTH TO SOUTH, 4 WEEK COURSE

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER**

    This pack contains a bottle of 12 different wines to be opened during a series of 4 online tastings held throughout May and early June 2020. During the COVID-19 lockdown, we will be ... Learn More

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  31. Dal Forno Amarone Della Valpolicella 2010
    A wine of depth that promises a long life ahead of it. ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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  32. Dal Forno Amarone Della Valpolicella 2011
    Very tiny quantities are made - it takes 10 vines to produce a single bottle of this exceptional wine. 2011 was blessed with a hot and dry summer ideal for these rich, ripe wines. ... Learn More
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  33. Dal Forno Amarone Della Valpolicella 2013
    Winery Dal Forno Romano was established by Romano Dal Forno in the early 1980s when he decided to create a new way of producing wines that put an emphasis on quality over quantity. The first grape harvest for Dal forno ... Learn More
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    Vinous
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  34. Dal Forno Romano Historical Vintage Three Pack
    For the Dal forno Romano winery, the passion for the family and the product has led to a desire for to perfect their craft. Only the finest grapes after rigorous selection are chosen during the harvesting for their exquisite, classic ... Learn More
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