Red Blends, 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. Maretti Langhe Rosso 2018
    A fruit-driven Barbera (75%) and Nebbiolo (25%) blend. The nose is expressive and inviting with aromas of fresh red fruits overlaid by notes of dried herbs, forest undergrowth and aniseed. The palate is medium bodied and well balanced with a by core ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  2. Maretti Langhe Rosso 2017
    A fruit-driven Barbera (75%) and Nebbiolo (25%) blend. The nose is expressive and inviting with aromas of fresh red fruits overlaid by notes of dried herbs, forest undergrowth and aniseed. The palate is medium bodied and well balanced with a by core ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  3. Maretti Langhe Rosso 2016
    A fruit-driven Barbera (75%) and Nebbiolo (25%) blend. The nose is expressive and inviting with aromas of fresh red fruits overlaid by notes of dried herbs, forest undergrowth and aniseed. The palate is medium bodied and well balanced with a by core ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  4. 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
  5. 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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  6. 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
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    Gary Walsh
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  7. La Dama Valpolicella Doc 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
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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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
  11. 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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  12. Maretti Barolo 2016
    The 2016 Vintage Barolo enjoyed exceptional conditions, turning out wines that will be extremely long lived! A stellar year that will continue to improve in the cellar. The colour is dark garnet with ruby highlights. It has a clear-cut, intense nose ... Learn More
    Maretti Barolo 2016
    $59.99 Per item
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    Gary Walsh
  13. 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
  14. ONLINE TASTING PACK - EXPLORING BUBBLES THURSDAY 26TH NOVEMBER 6.30PM AEDT

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER**

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

    Join us for the ultimate Christmas debate, ... Learn More

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  15. 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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    Mark Faber
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    Gary Walsh
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  16. Antinori Solaia 2015
    "Thick extraction and quality fruit craft a memorable wine that will last many long and happy years in your cellar." - Wine EnthusiastDrinking beautifully now, 2014-2026 ... Learn More
    Antinori Solaia 2015
    $699.99 Per item
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    Monica Larner
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    James Suckling
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  17. Antinori Solaia 2016
    Solaia is a 50 acre (20 hectare) vineyard with a southwestern exposure located at an altitude between 1150 and 1325 feet (350-400 meters) above sea level and with a stony soil of “alberese” (hard limestone) and “galestro” (flaky calcareous clay) rock. The vineyard is ... Learn More
    Antinori Solaia 2016
    $750.00 Per item
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    James Suckling
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    Antonio Galloni
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