Italian Red Wines

The complexity of Italy is remarkable: so many different grapes, most autochthonous (i.e. native to Italy) and many only grown regionally.

The two key quality red grapes are: Sangiovese, grown all over Tuscany and beyond, and best known for Chianti, and reds made at Montepulciano and Montalcino; and Nebbiolo, the top red of Piedmont, best known for the wines of Barolo and Barbaresco.

Beyond that there are splendid red grapes which can thrive in southern Italy’s heat, from Nero d’Avola and Negroamaro to Aglianico and Primitivo; and the lighter reds of Italy’s north, from Dolcetto to the west; and east of Milan Corvina and Rondinella, the grapes for Valpolicella and Amarone.

The success in the 1970s of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grown on the Tuscan coast at Bolgheri persuaded many in Tuscany and further afield to plant these varieties, plus Syrah; but more recently growers seem to be pulling back from producing these so-called "Super Tuscans".

Italian wine production is marked by two strong and mutually supportive initiatives: the Slow Food movement, which started in Italy, and which celebrates small-scale, artisanal cellars; and a widespread adoption of organic cultivation. Several of our growers, including Di Filippo, Il Palagione and Fiorano farm organically.

Boasso, Langhe Nebbiolo, 2019

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Boasso, Langhe Nebbiolo, 2019

Medium-Full Bodied

Boasso, Langhe Nebbiolo, 2019

Soft, bricky tone. Highly refined and aromatic, showing gently cooked red fruits with a subtle...

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Light > Full

OriginItaly

RegionPiedmont

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeBOA719

GrapeNebbiolo

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Rocca, Negroamaro, Salento, 2019

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Rocca, Negroamaro, Salento, 2019

Well-made example of this masculine southern grape, hearty with some structure but also ready...

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Light > Full

OriginItaly

RegionPuglia

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeROD219

GrapeNegroamaro

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Fiorano, Terre di Giobbe, Rosso Piceno Superiore, 2017

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Fiorano, Terre di Giobbe, Rosso Piceno Superiore, 2017

80% Montepulciano and 20% Sangiovese, aged in old French oak barrels. A big wine, concentrated...

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Light > Full

OriginItaly

RegionMarche

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeFIO317

GrapeMontepulciano & Sangiovese

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Begali, Valpolicella Classico Superiore, 2016

A new wine for us from Begali, one of the founding members of Le Famiglie Storiche, the...

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Light > Full

OriginItaly

RegionVeneto

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeBEF716

GrapeCorvina, Corvinone & Rondinella

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Bellamico, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, 2020

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Bellamico, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, 2020

A crowd pleaser: red cherry and strawberry flavours bacled by just a little tannin. Easy going...

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Light > Full

OriginItaly

RegionAbruzzo

ColourRed

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeBEM620

GrapeMontepulciano

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Azienda Agricola Boasso, Barbera d'Alba Superiore, 2019

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Azienda Agricola Boasso, Barbera d'Alba Superiore, 2019

At Boasso this wine gets ten months in the traditional very large Slavonian oak...

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Light > Full

OriginItaly

RegionPiedmont

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeBOA619

GrapeBarbera

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Le Cinciole, Cinciorosso, IGT Toscana, 2018

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Le Cinciole, Cinciorosso, IGT Toscana, 2018

70% Sangiovese - from the younger vines at this organic Chianti Classico estate in Panzano -...

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Light > Full

OriginItaly

RegionTuscany

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeCIN118

GrapeSangiovese

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I Fabbri, Chianti Classico Riserva, 2015

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I Fabbri, Chianti Classico Riserva, 2015

A selection of the best bunches from the first days of harvest, 95% Sangiovese and 5% Canaiolo...

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Light > Full

OriginItaly

RegionTuscany

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeIFA315

GrapeSangiovese

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Taliano, Roche dra Bossora, Roero Riserva, 2016

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Taliano, Roche dra Bossora, Roero Riserva, 2016

Named after large ravines which score the Roero hills (Roero lying just across the river Tanaro...

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Light > Full

OriginItaly

RegionPiedmont

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeTAN216

GrapeNebbiolo

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Taliano, Barbaresco, Ad Altiora, Montersino 2016

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Taliano, Barbaresco, Ad Altiora, Montersino 2016

Ad Altiora implies aiming higher...This is from 100% Nebbiolo grown in the calcareous Bris...

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Light > Full

OriginItaly

RegionPiedmont

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeTAN516

GrapeNebbiolo

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MAGNUM Taliano, Barbaresco, Ad Altiora, Montersino 2016

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MAGNUM Taliano, Barbaresco, Ad Altiora, Montersino 2016

Ad Altiora implies aiming higher...This is from 100% Nebbiolo grown in the calcareous Bris...

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Light > Full

OriginItaly

RegionPiedmont

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle150cl

CodeTAN816

GrapeNebbiolo

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DOUBLE MAGNUM Taliano, Barbaresco, Ad Altiora, Montersino 2016

Ad Altiora implies aiming higher...This is from 100% Nebbiolo grown in the calcareous Bris...

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Light > Full

OriginItaly

RegionPiedmont

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Double Magnum300cl

CodeTAN716

GrapeNebbiolo

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