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. Bastioni Della Rocca Leggero Appassimento Puglia 2019
    The 2019 Bastioni della Rocca Puglia Appassimento opens with inviting aromatics of sweet cherries and red plums which are woven together with earth, tobacco, grilled herbs and hints of leather. Medium-bodied with a silky texture that gives way to flavors of ... Learn More
  2. 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
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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Cielo E Terra 3 Passo Organic Negroamaro Sangiovese 2019
    "Our wines are crafted by a professional team of agronomists and oenologists, with worldwide experiences, but deeply rooted in our territory. The diversity and largeness of our terroirs let us extract the best from our partner vineyards." - Cielo e ... Learn More
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    Luca Maroni
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    Huon Hooke
  6. 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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  7. 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
  8. 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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  9. 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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    Gary Walsh
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  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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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  13. 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
  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. Farnese Edizione Edition 20 2018
    The edition number on the label represents the number of years since the wine’s first release (1999). The reason for this, is that the blend’s five autochthonous (‘cinque autoctoni’) grapes actually come from two regions, Puglia (townships Sava) and ... Learn More
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    Luca Maroni
  18. Farnese Edizione Edition 19 2017
    The edition number on the label represents the number of years since the wine’s first release (1999). The reason for this, is that the blend’s five autochthonous (‘cinque autoctoni’) grapes actually come from two regions, Puglia (townships Sava) and ... Learn More
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    Luca Maroni
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  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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    Mark Faber
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    Gary Walsh
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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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    James Suckling
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    James Suckling
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