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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. Il Villaggio Pinot Grigio 2019
    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. Aquilani Pinot Grigio 2019
    With a wine history dating back more than 4,000 years and a climate ideally suited to viticulture, Italy is one of the most diverse winemaking countries in the world. Aquilani draws from this diversity and produces Italian wines of regionality and ... Learn More
  4. La Raia Gavi Docg 2018
    The terroir The vineyard soil at La Raia is calcareous and clayish, it extends at approximately 400 metres above sea level with a south-east-west exposure. A crown of vineyards distributed around the cellar, with an average density of 4500 vines per hectare. ... Learn More
  5. Monchiero Langhe Dolcetto 2019
    Monchiero is nestled in the picturesque commune of Castiglione Falletto in the Barolo region. The terroir here is amongst some of the greatest you will find in all of Piedmont. Monchiero have a superb centre parcel of Rocche di Castiglione ... Learn More
  6. Monchiero Langhe Arneis 2019
    Monchiero is nestled in the picturesque commune of Castiglione Falletto in the Barolo region. The terroir here is amongst some of the greatest you will find in all of Piedmont. Monchiero have a superb centre parcel of Rocche di Castiglione ... Learn More
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  7. Musso Dolcetto D'Alba DOC 2019
    The Musso winery was founded in 1929 and coincides with one of the most critical moments of the Italian economy and the world, the year of the “Great Depression” Sebastiano Musso, born in 1906, did not lose heart. Valter Musso, a young ... Learn More
  8. Antica Tenuta Pietramore Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOP 2018
    Ruby red in colour with good intensity and garnet hues, on the nose intense and complex with owery notes of red roses, red ripe fruit, redcurrant, blackberry and slight spicy hints. Immediate entry on the palate. soft and quite tannic, ... Learn More
  9. Azienda Agricola Gradis'Ciutta 'Collio' Ribolla Gialla DOC 2019
    Obtained 100% from Ribolla Gialla grape, perhaps the oldest vine in Collio, which some identify with the Evola of the ancient Romans. This vine is considered the best of all, since the siliceous marls are for Ribolla the land of preference ... Learn More
  10. Tornatore Mt Etna Bianco 2018
    Light straw yellow with intense green reflections. Pleasant hints of grapefruit, white peach and herbs, mark the nose of this wine which shows its true identity on the palate with a pleasant flavor and freshness complemented by an extraordinary minerality; ... Learn More
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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. Paitin Sori Paitin Barbaresco Serraboella 2016
    These wines from Luca Pasquero Elia and his family are some of my favorites in this entire report. Yes, there are wines with higher scores, but the Paitin portfolio shows an unmistakable magic, across the board, with these new releases. ... Learn More
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  14. Le Ragnaie Brunello Di Montalcino Docg 2015
    The exciting news from Le Ragnaie is the release of a new wine, made entirely with fruit from Montosoli. Otherwise, about half of the estate vineyards are located in the higher-elevation parts of the appellation. These locations usually show lots ... Learn More
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    Monica Larner
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  15. Italian Explorer

    Eplore what italy has to offer with this exceptional tasting package consisting of
    2x Canina Ionis Don Luigi 2019 2x Costadoro Piceno Rosso DOP 2x Sogno di Ulisse Montepulciano 2018

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