White Wine, 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. Il Villaggio Pinot Grigio 2020
    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. Monte Tondo Mito Soave Doc 2021
    100% Garganega. Intense bouquet of white blossom, with citrus and nashi pear. Persistent and harmonious flavour, with fresh acidity and a dry finish. Very satisfying. Serve at 10-12ºC. ... Learn More
  3. Poggio Anima 'Uriel' Grillo Sicilia DOC 2021
    Uriel, the archangel of repentance. Uriel played a very important role in ancient texts as the rescuer of Jesus' cousin John the Baptist from the Massacre of the Innocents ordered by King Herod. The translation of Uriel is ‘God of ... Learn More
  4. Poggio Anima Gabriel Pecorino 2020
    Bright straw. A concentrated nose of apricot blossom, lemongrass, acacia, sea spray and yellow apple. Rounded in the mouth, the wine repeats the floral notes on the palate but adds in white peach and a bit of lemon zest, with ... Learn More
  5. Maretti Friuli Pinot Grigio 2020
    Pale yellow in colour with a vital fruity aroma. This is vibrant with stonefruit and citrus, with hints of almond, marzipan and spice. The palate rewards with an unctuous and filling mouthfeel with a slightly salty minerality. It’s full ... Learn More
  6. Le Pezze Pinot Grigio 2020
    Farina is located in San Pietro in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico; the historical and original Valpolicella. Cousins Claudio and Elena own 10 hectares of their own vineyards and source fruit from long standing grower partnerships which encompass a further 70 ... Learn More
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  7. Costadoro White Falerio DOP 2019
    A unique wine grown in Italy from a region called Marche. The bouquet has intense touch of ripe white fruits of apple and peach, as well as almond components. Aromas of apple and peach. The flavour is fresh acid, balanced ... Learn More
  8. Feudi Di San Gregorio Falanghina 2019
    COLOR Straw yellow that contains brilliant green reflections. AROMA Floral notes, like white blossoms, and delicate apple and pear. TASTE Medium intensity, crisp minerality, with hints of spice, light almond and a slightly bitter orange peel character. The pretty floral ... Learn More
  9. Feudi Di San Gregorio Falanghina 2017
    COLOR Straw yellow that contains brilliant green reflections. AROMA Floral notes, like white blossoms, and delicate apple and pear. TASTE Medium intensity, crisp minerality, with hints of spice, light almond and a slightly bitter orange peel character. The pretty floral ... Learn More
  10. La Raia Gavi Docg 2019
    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
  11. Poggio Anima Ragana Frizzante Pet Nat 2020
    Poggio Anima is a collection of wines representing four Italian regions typifying the cultural heartbeat of each area. Poggio Anima, translated as ‘Hill of Soul,’ personifies the individual vineyards cultivated for each bottle. Many wines have vitality and a soul ... Learn More
  12. Gradis Ciutta Friuli Venezia Giulia Friuliano DOC 2019
    The grapes are grown in the vineyards of Budignacco, Pozar and Dragica, at elevations from 100 to 140 meters (325 to 475 feet) above sea level. Straw yellow with light greenish reflections. The characteristic aromas of this vineyard are well perceived with pleasant notes ... Learn More
  13. Gradis Ciutta Friuli Venezia Giulia Pinot Grigio 2018
    Cultivated via Guyot, with a production not greater than 80 quintals per hectare. Brilliant straw yellow with reflections tending to a copper colour. Delicate and elegant, with flavors of vegetables, such as tomato leaf, peach and ripe apples. The palate is ... Learn More
  14. Franz Haas Pinot Grigio IGT 2020
    The Alto Adige region, known as the Südtirol when it belonged to neighbouring Austria, provides an awe-inspiring backdrop for grape growing. The valley is split by the Adige river and vineyards are planted on either side of the steep ... Learn More
  15. Pieropan Soave Classico Doc 2021
    The delicate nose is reminiscent of almond blossoms and marzipan. Good depth of fruit on the palate, nicely balanced by a zingy acidity that enhances its long length. The grape variety is Garganega, an unknown but delicious Italian native variety. ... Learn More
  16. Feudi Di San Gregorio Greco Di Tufo 2019
    COLOR Straw yellow that contains brilliant green reflections. AROMA Floral notes, like white blossoms, and delicate apple and pear. TASTE Medium intensity, crisp minerality, with hints of spice, light almond and a slightly bitter orange peel character. The pretty floral ... Learn More
  17. Fattoria Casabianca Vermentino 2020
    The vines of Casabianca are in the municipality of Orbetello south of Großeto directly by the sea. Straw yellow with green reflections. In the fragrance notes of citrus fruits and white peach, light almond notes. The taste is elegant, ... Learn More
  18. Graci Etna Bianco Mount Etna Doc Sicily 2020
    Alberto Aiello Graci has been making wine on Sicily's Mount Etna since 2004, the year he returned from his apprenticeship as a Milan banker, picking up the baton with 5 hectares of family land, 2 hectares of which is vineyards (the rest polycultural ... Learn More
  19. Tenuta Cucco Serralunga Langhe DOC Chardonnay 2019
    Nose: Intense aromas, elegant and harmonious with notes of white peach, flowers, butter and a hint of wood. Palate: Fine aromas, soft acidity, and a nice soft long finish. Tasting Notes: Pleasant white wine with intense aromas, elegant and harmonious ... Learn More
  20. Fabio Ferracane Guanciabianca IGP Catarratto 2019
    “Guanciabianca” by Ferracane is a Catarratto with a clean and crystalline character, fruity and floral, vinified only in steel tanks. The nose is ripe white fruits, aromatic herbs and fresh almonds and the taste is pleasant, fresh, savory and balanced. ... Learn More
  21. Jermann Pinot Grigio IGT 2020
    An intense straw yellow colour with a faint tinge of old rose. Beautifully pure, elegant, floral Pinot Grigio. The bouquet is full and fruity. A touch of almonds and vanilla, a hint of fruit and spice on the palate, a ... Learn More
  22. Marchesi Antinori Castello Della Sala Estate Cervaro Della Sala Igt 2019
    The 2019 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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