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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. ONLINE TASTING PACK - ROSE OF THE WORLD THURSDAY 11TH FEB 6:30PM AEDT

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    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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  2. ONLINE TASTING PACK - ITALIAN SUMMER WINES

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    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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  3. Online Tasting Pack - Natural Wines Tasting Thursday 16th September 6:30pm aest

    Natural, organics, biodynamics, minimal-intervention, sustainability, these are just some of the current buzz-words in the wine world that most people will have heard or seen at one point or another. So what exactly are natural wines? Join this tasting ... Learn More

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    A fantastic selection of sparkling wines from around the world. The perfect way to celebrate Summer!
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  5. 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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  6. Online Tasting Pack - South Italy Tasting Thursday 29th July 6:30pm aest

    Southern Italian wines are something we don't see enough of here in Australia and in an effort to change that, we're going to explore some of those wines together. Virtually visiting regions like Sicily, Campania and Puglia, we'll take ... Learn More

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  7. ONLINE TASTING PACK - EXPLORING BUBBLES THURSDAY 26TH NOVEMBER 6.30PM AEDT

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    Wine education made fun and entertaining, let's explore some new and classic bubbles together just in time for the festive season.

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    We need to clear some space in the warehouse! As the Christmas rush approaches we are needing to make room and there are a few Bin End wines that need to find a good home! Nothing wrong with the ... Learn More

  9. Bin Ends Box- Clear out the Cellar BOX 7 Light Reds

    We need to clear some space in the warehouse! As the Christmas rush approaches we are needing to make room and there are a few Bin End wines that need to find a good home! Nothing wrong with the ... Learn More

  10. Bin Ends Box- Clear out the Cellar BOX 6 Big Whites

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  11. 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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  12. Get Summer Sorted Mixed Dozen

    This case of wine is the perfect curated pack to get you sorted for Summer! Easy drinking, crisp, dry, Summer whites, Rose and Prosecco! What else could you need? Whether it's for a picnic or just to enjoy the ... Learn More

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  13. ONLINE TASTING PACK - G.D. VAJRA ITALIAN WINE TASTING WITH GIUSEPPE VAJRA

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    This pack contains a bottle of 3 different wines to be opened during an online tasting held on the 30th of July 2020. During the COVID-19 lockdown, we will be running a ... Learn More

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  14. Summer With Cescon!

    Cescon is United Cellars most popular exclusively imported Italian White. This perfect summer pack shows you exactly why with 6btls each of Cescon Prossecco and Grigio!

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  15. ONLINE TASTING PACK - ITALIAN WINE FROM NORTH TO SOUTH, 4 WEEK COURSE

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    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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