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.

Talosa, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Alboreto 2016

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Talosa, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Alboreto 2016

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

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Light > Full

OriginItaly

RegionTuscany

ColourRed

ABV14.50%

Bottle75cl

CodeTAK216

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

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Light > Full

OriginItaly

RegionSicily

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodePON619

GrapeNero D’Avola

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Conviviale, Primitivo, Salento, 2019

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Conviviale, Primitivo, Salento, 2019

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

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Light > Full

OriginItaly

RegionPuglia

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeCNV119

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...

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Light > Full

OriginItaly

RegionVeneto

ColourRed

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeBEF119

GrapeCorvina & Rondinella

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Begali, Valpolicella Ripasso, La Cengia, 2019

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Begali, Valpolicella Ripasso, La Cengia, 2019

2/3 Corvina and 1/3 Rondinella, crafted in the Ripasso style by which the wine is left on the...

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Light > Full

OriginItaly

RegionVeneto

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeBEF219

GrapeCorvina & Rondinella

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Begali, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2015

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Begali, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2015

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

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Light > Full

OriginItaly

RegionVeneto

ColourRed

ABV16%

Bottle75cl

CodeBEF415

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...

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Light > Full

OriginItaly

RegionVeneto

ColourRed

ABV16.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeBEF515

GrapeCorvina, Corvinone & Rondinella

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Fiorano, I Paoli Sangiovese, Marche IGT, 2019

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Fiorano, I Paoli Sangiovese, Marche IGT, 2019

This delightful Sangiovese is Fiorano's principal wine, now renamed I Paoli after the...

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Light > Full

OriginItaly

RegionMarche

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeFIO119

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...

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Light > Full

OriginItaly

RegionVeneto

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle50cl

CodeBEF615

GrapeCorvina

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Azienda Agricola Boasso, Dolcetto D'Alba, 2019

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

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Light > Full

OriginItaly

RegionPiedmont

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeBOA119

GrapeDolcetto

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Talosa, Chianti Colli Senesi, 2019

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Talosa, Chianti Colli Senesi, 2019

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

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Light > Full

OriginItaly

RegionTuscany

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeTAK319

GrapeSangiovese

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Col di Lamo, Rosso di Montalcino, 2017

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Col di Lamo, Rosso di Montalcino, 2017

100% organically farmed (in conversion) Sangiovese, aged in old vats. Youthful and a little...

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Light > Full

OriginItaly

RegionTuscany

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeCDL117

GrapeSangiovese

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