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. CONVIVIALE MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO 2018
    A rich, robust and chunky red from old vines that over-deliver on both flavour and value. Produced from 30-50 year old vines from the Chieti province of Abruzzo. Intense cherry, ripe plum fruit, cassis and bramble fruit flavours. ... Learn More
  2. CONVIVIALE PINOT GRIGIO DOC 2018
    Classic Italian Grigio from selected vineyards in the Veneto – giving extra weight and fruit. Ripe orchard fruits on the nose with hints of honey and peach. Lightly spicy with good weight and texture - balanced by fresh citrus acidity and ... Learn More
  3. CONVIVIALE PRIMITIVO IGT 2017
    A warm, rich & characterful Primitivo bursting with aromas of plums, dried fruits and sweet spices. On the palate it is generous with impressive concentration of ripe plum and black cherry fruit and hints of dried figs - all balanced by ... Learn More
  4. VALORI MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO 2016
    An organic & sustainable Montepulciano from the north east of Abruzzo. An appealingly fresh and delicate aromatic profile, with elderflower, blueberry, a hint of orange peel and some spices. The palate shows well-developed signs of age, with concentrated orange and red-fruit ... Learn More
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  5. CESCON VINO DELLAMICIZIA PROSECCO NV DOC
    A beautiful, organic & traditional Prosecco from Friuli, Italy. Family owned and operated since being established in 1957. Beautifully balanced, easy drinking & packed with fresh pear, cirus & spring blossom notes. ... Learn More
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  6. CESCON 'VINO DELL'AMICIZIA' FRIULI DOC PINOT GRIGIO 2018
    Classic Italian Pinot Grigio - our best selling imported white wine. Made by the brilliant Cescon family - 3rd generation winemakers based just outside of Venice. Delicately elegant, full of character & something to fall in love with, displaying intense vanilla & ... Learn More
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  7. BORGO SELENE NERO D'AVOLA 2017
    Extraordinary value from one the most famous producers in Sicily, Alberto Antonini, named in the TOP 5 best winemakers in the world by Decanter Magazine. Nero d'Avola is known as Sicilian Shiraz & works amazingly well with food. Aromas of violet, cherry ... Learn More
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  8. COMERA SALENTO PRIMITIVO 2015
    2x Gold Medal Winner from the classic territory of Puglia. A beautiful blend of ripe berries, vanilla & smokey spice flavours. Distinctive, well-structured & at the same time easy to drink & enjoy. ... Learn More
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  9. CARPENE MALVOLTI PROSECCO BRUT NV
    The epitome of Italian tradition, from the godfather of Prosecco. A dry sparkling from the hillside vineyards located in the Conegliano Valdobbiadene area. A multiple award winning wine that is both refined & well balanced, with delicate notes of green apple & ... Learn More
  10. VANITA PRIMITIVO 2018
    A textbook example of a Southern Primitivo. A complex nose of juicy dark fruits and cool wild mint. Juicy black berries & dark fruit flavours with a refreshing acidity. It's soft tannins makes it a perfect accompaniment for wood fired pizza! ... Learn More
    VANITA PRIMITIVO 2018
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  11. VILLA TERESA PROSECCO DOC FRIZZANTE NV
    This is a lovely soft fruit driven Prosecco. Sweetly fragrant with aromas of honeysuckle, nectarines, pear, vibrant citrus, and a hint of toasty lees. It has an exuberant bead, creamy on the palate with lovely apple and honey notes and ... Learn More
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  12. TENUTA DI LILLIANO CHIANTI CLASSICO DOCG 2015
    A superb Sangiovese blend with indigenous grape varieties. Intensely perfumed with bright, lively notes of flowers, red and black fruits. Full and harmonious with mouth-filling primary fruit flavours and seamless tannins. Exclusively imported by United Cellars & great to cellar or ... Learn More
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  13. TERRE SERENA PROSECCO DOC TREVISO BRUT
    Produced by a family-run business in the province of Treviso, the traditional heart of Prosecco. Bright straw yellow colour with a lively perlage, intense floral and fruity scents & a fresh palate. An exciting, young Brut wine with a creamy finish, ... Learn More
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  14. MASTROLEO NEGROAMARO PUGLIA IGT 2018
    100% Negroamaro produced from the province of Lecce and Brindisi in Puglia. Vibrant purple-red in the glass with intense red fruit aromas & lingering spice. A smooth, wine with structured tannins & a lingering red fruit jam & tobacco note finish. ... Learn More
  15. TENUTA DI BURCHINO CHIANTI SUPERIORE DOCG 2015
    Carefully handpicked Sangiovese grapes with a hint of Ciliegiolo & Canaiolo aged for 12 months on Slavonian oak make up this stunning Chianti Superiore. Intense ruby red in the glass, with with plenty of cherry, leather and cedar aromatics. The round mouthfeel ... Learn More
  16. FANTINI FARNESE 'NEWS' NOVELLO 2018
    Winners of Best Italian Producer in 2016 & 2017. A Beaujolais styled blend of Italian Merlot and Sangiovese, that is fresh & fruity with beautiful mouthfeel. Pretty red & black berry flavours with raspberry & fig are complimented with cinnamon & fruitcake spice. ... Learn More
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  17. APEROL 700ML
    The perfect aperitif to bring a splash of Italy to any occasion. A unique bitter-sweet taste deriving from a secret recipe that has remained unchanged since its creation in 1919. Zesty orange, appealing herbal notes & just a hint of vanilla. ... Learn More
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  18. Ca’Rugate Valpolicella 2017
    A light to medium-bodied Italian blend of 45% Corvina, 40% Corvinone & 15% Rondinella, from carefully selected grapes in Valpolicella, North East Italy. Concentrated aromas of red fruits, ripe blackberry and deep cherry flavours, with floral notes and a hint of spice, supple on ... Learn More
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  19. RIVA LEONE BARBARESCO DOCG 2012
    A baby Barolo, awarded both Gold & Exceptional medals! A chewy, crisp, dry full body, flavours of dates, salted milk chocolate, earthen spice and berry tart finish with rich tannins and light oak flavour. Elegant aromas of rose petals and some ... Learn More
  20. ODDERO BARBERA D’ASTI SUPERIORE NIZZA 2015
    Sourced from the acclaimed Nizza sub region of Asti. Matured in 50-hectoliter Slavonian oak barrels for 12 months. Blended in the spring, bottled in the summer. Intense ruby-red colour with purple tinges, a bouquet of cherry, blackberry, small red fruits, pepper ... Learn More
  21. CAMPARI 700ML
    Campari is a premium Italian spirit with its distinctive dark red colour, aroma and pleasantly bittersweet flavour. Intense quinine & blood orange captivate the palate. Unique & unmistakable, Campari has been used for the basis of famous cocktails for over 150 years. ... Learn More
    CAMPARI 700ML
    NZ$52.99 Per item
  22. VIRTUAL TASTING PACK - ITALY

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER**

    Join our Master of Wine, Alistair Cooper, live from the UK, who will be hosting our series of online, interactive tastings so wine lovers across NZ can be involoved. This ... Learn More

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  23. GINARTE DRY GIN 700ML
    Ginarte is the essence of life’s pleasures, an exploration of all things beautiful- A premium gin made with juniper berries picked only in select areas of the Apennines of Tuscany & 13 native botanicals. Calamint, safflower, mignonette, rubia & indigo are rare ... Learn More
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  24. VITE COLTE PAESI TUOI BAROLO DOCG 2015
    Classical 100% Nebbiolo from Barolo DOCG. An intense, austere and complex red wine, aged for about 24 months in big oak barrels. It expresses typical nuances of cherries, red flowers and underbush and the taste is rich, full-bodied, vigorous and structured, with ... Learn More
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  25. Prunotto Barolo Classico 2013
    A beautifully harmonious Barolo from one of Piedmote's greatest vintages, from the world famous Antinori family. Subtle aromas of red berry, new leather, forest floor and a whiff of tobacco lead the nose. Full and velvety in flavour and tannins, ... Learn More
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  26. ODDERO BAROLO CLASSICO 2015
    The wines coming from the different vineyards are aged separately in 40, 60 and 75 –hectolitre Slavonian and Austrian oak barrels for 30 months. The wines are blended in the spring, then bottled at the end of the summer and aged in the bottle ... Learn More
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  27. CASCINA FONTANA BAROLO 2012
    This is very much a Barolo in the ‘classic’ style. Strawberry and orange peel, a touch of liquorice root, blonde tobacco and roses, perhaps some glacé cherry. Light to medium bodied, with insistent slightly scratchy and chalky black tea tannin, ... Learn More
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  28. Prunotto Barolo Bussia 2013
    "Bussia" by Pronotto is a powerful and rich expression from one of Piedmote's greatest vintages, from the world famous Antinori family. Woodland berry, tilled soil, dried rose, new leather and aromatic herb aromas come together in this fragrant, racy red. ... Learn More
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