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.

Le Tende, Bardolino Classico, 2021

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Le Tende, Bardolino Classico, 2021

I first tasted this organic red (80% Corvina and 20% Rondinella) in a side street restaurant in...

Style

Light > Full

OriginItaly

ColourRed

ABV12%

Bottle75cl

CodeLET621

GrapeCorvina & Rondinella

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 I Fabbri, Chianti Classico, Terra di Lamole, 2018

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I Fabbri, Chianti Classico, Terra di Lamole, 2018

90% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo, part in cement and part in French oak. Crunchy black cherries...

Style

Light > Full

OriginItaly

RegionTuscany

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeIFA218

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Talosa, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Alboreto 2018

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Talosa, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Alboreto 2018

90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot given two years in oak, approximately one third in each of large...

Style

Light > Full

OriginItaly

RegionTuscany

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeTAK218

GrapeSangiovese & Merlot

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Ca' di Ponti, Nero d'Avola, DOC Sicilia, 2019

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Ca' di Ponti, Nero d'Avola, DOC Sicilia, 2019

Brambly fruit. Honest, mildly rustic and characterful, better with food. Now-2022

Style

Light > Full

OriginItaly

RegionSicily

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodePON619

GrapeNero D’Avola

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Conviviale, Primitivo, Salento, 2021

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Conviviale, Primitivo, Salento, 2021

Gutsy grape of Croatian origin (aka Tribidrag), genetically identical to Zinfandel. Bittersweet...

Style

Light > Full

OriginItaly

RegionPuglia

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeCNV121

GrapePrimitivo

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Begali, Valpolicella Classico, 2019

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Begali, Valpolicella Classico, 2019

2/3 Corvina and 1/3 Rondinella, offering a pretty and sappy mouthful of buckets of red...

Style

Light > Full

OriginItaly

RegionVeneto

ColourRed

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeBEF119

GrapeCorvina & Rondinella

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Begali, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2017

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Begali, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2017

Classic, larger-than-life Amarone: very deep tone; savoury aromas of leather and spice over...

Style

Light > Full

OriginItaly

RegionVeneto

ColourRed

ABV16.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeBEF417

GrapeCorvina, Rondinella & Corvinone

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Begali, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, Monte Ca' Bianca, 2015

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Begali, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, Monte Ca' Bianca, 2015

"From a small winery based in San Pietro in Cariano, this riserva is sourced from the...

Style

Light > Full

OriginItaly

RegionVeneto

ColourRed

ABV16.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeBEF515

GrapeCorvina, Corvinone & Rondinella

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Fiorano, I Paoli Sangiovese, Marche IGT, 2020

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Fiorano, I Paoli Sangiovese, Marche IGT, 2020

This delightful Sangiovese is Fiorano’s chief wine, now renamed I Paoli after the owners...

Style

Light > Full

OriginItaly

RegionMarche

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeFIO120

GrapeSangiovese

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Begali, Recioto della Valpolicella, 2015 [50cl]

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Begali, Recioto della Valpolicella, 2015 [50cl]

Red Recioto della Valpolicella is made after careful late picking of ripe bunches (of Corvina...

Style

Light > Full

OriginItaly

RegionVeneto

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle50cl

CodeBEF615

GrapeCorvina

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Azienda Agricola Boasso, Dolcetto D'Alba, 2021

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Azienda Agricola Boasso, Dolcetto D'Alba, 2021

Dolcetto, of Piedmont origin, means "little sweet" but the grape is usually vinified...

Style

Light > Full

OriginItaly

RegionPiedmont

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeBOA121

GrapeDolcetto

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Talosa, Chianti Colli Senesi, 2020

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Talosa, Chianti Colli Senesi, 2020

From the younger vines in the Talosa Montepulciano vineyards, this is 85% Sangiovese with 15%...

Style

Light > Full

OriginItaly

RegionTuscany

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeTAK320

GrapeSangiovese

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