Italy

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.
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  1. Planeta Chardonnay 2019
    The wine which has become an image of the change in Sicilian wine. It arrived from the wish for success in competing with the world in the production of this noble and widespread grape. Following a long process beginning in 1985, ... Learn More
  2. Planeta Chardonnay 2018
    The wine which has become an image of the change in Sicilian wine. It arrived from the wish for success in competing with the world in the production of this noble and widespread grape. Following a long process beginning in 1985, ... Learn More
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  3. Azienda Agricola Sofia Contrada 'Piano dei Daini' Etna Rosso 2018
    Natural and Organic in production, from 700 metres above sea level. This wine is produced with grapes harvested from a 65 years old Alberello vineyard, in Contrada Piano dei Daini in Solicchiata in the territory of Castiglione di Sicilia on the northern ... Learn More
  4. ONLINE TASTING PACK - ROSE OF THE WORLD THURSDAY 11TH FEB 6:30PM AEDT

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER**

    February is synonymous with Rose! The weather is hot, Valentine's Day is a few days away and we can't think of a better subject to match this time of year. ... Learn More

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  5. ONLINE TASTING PACK - ITALIAN SUMMER WINES

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER**

    This pack contains a bottle of 3 different wines to be opened during an online tasting held on Thursday the 15th of October 2020. This event is all about the perfect Italian ... Learn More

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  6. Giovanni Rosso Etna Rosso Dop 2016
    AROMA Fine and deep, introduced by Mediterranean citrusy sensations, followed by violet, bergamot, wet stones, forest leaves and elegant hints of white pepper. PALATE Juicy; progressive delicate tannins and vibrant acidity. Neat and savoury finish. ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
  7. Ascheri Barolo 2015
    Dottore (Doctor) Matteo Ascheri is not only the 5th generation owner and winemaker of his family estate (established 1880), he also runs a 4 star resort and traditional 'Osteria' (restaurant) next to the winery in Bra. In addition to this, Matteo is ... Learn More
    Ascheri Barolo 2015
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    Mark Faber
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  8. Pietro Rinaldi Barbaresco Docg 'San Cristoforo' 2015
    The vineyard is located in the Municipality of Neive, San Cristoforo is an additional geographical mention, which identifies a crù of particular value. The exposure is to the south east, with a 360 degree rotation, typical of the apex of the ... Learn More
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  9. Principiano Ferdinando Barolo Serralunga 2012
    Classic floral rose petal aromas alongside ripe red fruit and spices. The palate is warm and displays ripe fruit. Richly tannic but with enough softness to be drunk young. Great Nebbiolo. Fantastic value Barolo from a quality focused natural wine ... Learn More
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  10. Planeta Chardonnay 2017
    Awarded 94 points by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. The wine which has become an image of the change in Sicilian wine. It arrived from the wish for success in competing with the world in the production of this noble and widespread ... Learn More
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  11. Vietti Langhe Nebbiolo Perbacco 2017 (Magnum)
    Made from Nebbiolo grapes only from Barolo designated vineyards, this wine is complex and elegant with excellent ageing potential. The nose offers up generous fruit along with menthol, spices and hard candy. Showing notable intensity while retaining an essentially mid-weight ... Learn More
  12. Ca'Del Baio Barbaresco 'Cru Asili' 2015
    Winemakers Giulio and Luciana Grasso are extremely proud of their modern, 25 hectare estate, producing some very fine Barbaresco and a range of other wines that leave the competition struggling to catch up. The entire range has a sense of verve, ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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  13. Val Di Suga Brunello Di Montalcino 2014
    One of the grand Italian wines, developed in the 19th Century by Ferruccio Biondi-Santi from a clone of Sangiovese known as Sangiovese Grosso or locally Brunello. One of the first varietal Tuscan wines for ageing. Ageing is for 50 months for ... Learn More
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  14. Produttori Del Barbaresco Barbaresco Docg 2013
    The 2013 is a tasty, easygoing Barbaresco to drink over the next decade or more. There is good depth in the glass, with pretty notes of tobacco, licorice, herb and worn-in leather that add nuance. Sweet red cherry, pomegranate and a ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    Gary Walsh
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  15. Isole E Olena Chardonnay Collezione Privata Igt 2017
    In 1987, Paolo De Marchi grafted Chardonnay onto existing vines on the Isole e Olena estate. Since then they have produced some of Tuscany’s finest Chardonnay. An inviting golden colour with perfumes of toasted, buttery almonds. An inviting golden colour. ... Learn More
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  16. Oddero Barolo Classico 2015
    The wines coming from the different vineyards are aged separately in 40, 60 and 75 –hectolitre Slavonian and Austrian oak barrels for 30 months. The wines are blended in the spring, then bottled at the end of the summer and aged in the bottle ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  17. Giovanni Rosso Barolo Del Comune Di Serralunga 2016
    AROMA Fine and deep, introduced by Mediterranean citrusy sensations, followed by violet, bergamot, wet stones, forest leaves and elegant hints of white pepper. PALATE Juicy; progressive delicate tannins and vibrant acidity. Neat and savoury finish. ... Learn More
  18. Gd Vajra Barolo ‘Albe’ 2014
    Albe is a tribute to the masters of the 1950s and 60s, to those winemakers who had the vision and the taste to blend some of the most amazing crus in order to achieve a Barolo of balance and charm. ... Learn More
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    Monica Larner
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    Antonio Galloni
  19. Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2015
    The grapes are selected from small vineyards spread in the Barolo region. The vines are between 8 and 41 years old, planted in a clay-limestone soil. Plants are trained with guyot method, with an average density of roughly 4500 units per hectare. All ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    Antonio Galloni
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  20. Le Miccine Chianti Gran Selezione Docg 2014
    Le Miccine is a family owned winery & vineyard that is lead by a dynamic & young team. Winemaker Paula Cook was born in Quebec, Canada, but moved to her grandparent's ancestral home of Tuscany in 2008, buying an estate that had been ... Learn More
  21. Massolino Barolo 2015
    First produced in 1911, the fruit for Massolino's classic cuvée is selected from seven sites (inc. Briccolina, Collaretto, Broglio and Le Turne), representing roughly seven hectares of prime-sited Serralunga vineyards. The oldest vines that feed this bottling are 55 years old ( ... Learn More
    Massolino Barolo 2015
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    Antonio Galloni
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  22. Bruno Rocca Barbaresco 2017
    2017 was, for many reasons, a rather particular and challenging vintage. Winter was mild and dry, and the growing season started early. Towards the end of April, the early buds in low-lying areas of Le Langhe were hit by frost. Luckily ... Learn More
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    Antonio Galloni
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  23. Gd Vajra Barolo ‘Albe’ 2016
    Albe is a tribute to the masters of the 1950s and 60s, to those winemakers who had the vision and the taste to blend some of the most amazing crus in order to achieve a Barolo of balance and charm. ... Learn More
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    Monica Larner
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    Gary Walsh
  24. Massolino Barolo 2016
    AWARDED #7 IN WINE SPECTATOR MAGAZINE'S TOP 100 WINES OF 2020. First produced in 1911, the fruit for Massolino’s classic cuvée is selected from seven sites across roughly seven hectares of prime-sited Serralunga vineyards. The most important of these sites—Briccolina, Collareto, ... Learn More
    Massolino Barolo 2016
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  25. Cascina Fontana Barolo 2013
    "A blend of Castiglione Falletto and some La Morra this year. I just love 2013: it’s the gift that keeps on giving. I bought three of this, and three of the new Comune di Castiglione Falletto. In terms of style, ... Learn More
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  26. Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2016
    "Vietti's 2016 Barolos are stratospheric." - Antonio Galloni The 2016 Barolo Castiglione is a dazzling wine that will show readers just how compelling this vintage is, even among entry-level wines from top producers. Rich, ample and explosive, the 2016 possesses tremendous richness and ... Learn More
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    Antonio Galloni
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    Monica Larner
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  27. Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Poggione was established in the 1800's and has built a reputation for high quality Brunello at below market pricing - Brunello di Montalcino is the most pure expression of Sangiovese that can be found. Sourced from the oldest vines on ... Learn More
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  28. Ca'Del Baio Barbaresco 'Cru Pora' 2013
    Winemakers Giulio and Luciana Grasso are extremely proud of their modern, 25 hectare estate, producing some very fine Barbaresco and a range of other wines that leave the competition struggling to catch up. The entire range has a sense of verve, ... Learn More
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    Gambero Rosso Vini d’Italia
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  29. Monchiero Rocche Di Castiglione Barolo 2016
    Wonderful perfume of dried rose and spice, some dried herb too, ripe raspberry and cherry, silky and slate-y tannin, full ripeness but controlled and tethered. It sits somewhere around medium-bodied, feels svelte and refined, and goes long. Classic Rocche, and ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    Gary Walsh
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    Jancis Robinson
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  30. La Spinetta Barbaresco 'Bordini' 2017
    100% Nebbiolo from the Bordini site, 270m high in the village of Neive in the Barbaresco production zone. It's a four hectare south-facing site on calcareous soils, and the vines have an average age of between 26 and 29 years. The site is ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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    Monica Larner
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  31. Barolo Mga: The Barolo Great Vineyards Encyclopedia
    Alessandro Masnaghetti is the author of the series of maps entitled "I Cru di Enogea" Today, we all know far more about Barolo and its vineyards, thanks to Alessandro Masnaghetti's tireless work in mapping every square meter of the region's ... Learn More
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  32. Marchesi Antinori Castello Della Sala Estate Cervaro Della Sala Igt 2018
    The 2018 Cervaro della Sala is a luminous straw yellow in colour streaked with occasional greenish highlights. The nose shows light toasted notes accompanied by aromas of citrus fruit, tropical fruit, and hints of butter. The palate is notably savoury and ... Learn More
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  33. Isole E Olena 'Cepparello' Igt 2014
    ‘one of the great wines of Tuscany, but beyond that, it can also stand next to the very best Cabernets from anywhere in the world’ Antonio Galloni ... Learn More
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    Antonio Galloni
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  34. Enrico Gatti Franciaorta Millesimo Brut 2009
    ranciacorta Brut Millesimo 2009 has been awarded the "5 Grappoli" rating by the Guida Bibenda 2016. Aroma is crisp and fresh with notes of almond and bread. It is fresh, well balanced and persistent, showing notes of dried fruit and citrus. In 1975 Enrico ... Learn More
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    Ian D'Agata
  35. Fontanafredda 'La Rosa' Single Vineyard Barolo 2005
    From Wine Enthusiast European 'Winery of the Year' comes this perfectly aged Barolo. Smoky, floral, gunsmoke and leather aromas. Intense, powerful, driving, but has softened now, and is very pleasing on the palate. Loaded with character, has an attractive rustic ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  36. Emidio Pepe Trebbiano D'Abruzzo 2013
    The fresh, primary fruit characters are maximised by the fact that it does not age in oak, making it approachable and ready to drink. Rich, supple and accessible on the palate. It is balanced with good texture. ... Learn More
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  37. PAOLO CONTERNO BAROLO 'RIVA DEL BRIC' 2016
    For certain drinkers the Riva del Bric is the choice of the Paolo Conterno Barolos, forgoing some of the power and minerals of the 'Ginestra' in place of sweeter fruit and more balance in its youth. This 2016 is probably the ... Learn More
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    Alistair Cooper MW
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    Monica Larner
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    Antonio Galloni
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    James Suckling
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  38. Casanova Di Neri Brunello Di Montalcino 2015
    Founded in 1971 by Giovanni Neri who with his great vision and passion understood the huge potential of wine in the Montalcino territory, it was passed on to his son Giacomo in 1991.The production started in the Eastern part of Montalcino ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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  39. La Spinetta Barolo 'Vigneto Garretti' 2016
    100% Nebbiolo from vines with an average age of 35 years, grown on a calcareous, south-facing slope at an elevation of 200m. Sustainably farmed, with no use of pesticides or herbicides. Alcoholic fermentation for 10 days in temperature controlled roto-fermenters followed by malolactic ... Learn More
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  40. Canalicchio Di Sopra Brunello Di Montalcino 2015 (Pre-Arrival Offer Del. Mid Jan)
    Founded by Primo Pacenti in 1962, in 1987 Primo was joined by son- in-law Pier Luigi Ripaccioli, and since 2001, Canalicchio di Sopra has been in the highly capable, thoughtful hands of Pier Luigi’s three children, Francesco, Simonetta and Marco. The Rosso ... Learn More
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    James Suckling
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