Italian White Wines

Italy offers a very wide range of white grape varieties, many only grown within the country.

Arguably the nation’s best whites come, unsurprisingly, from the cooler north, from Piedmont in the west to Alto Adige in the north-east. Some of these are international varieties like Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, but there’s Cortese, the grape of Gavi, the Italians have claimed Pinot Gris (Pinot Grigio) as their own, and there are also widespread plantings in the north-east of Pinot Blanc (Bianco), plus Gewurztraminer.

The workhorse grape of central Italy is Trebbiano. It’s now clear (from Jancis Robinson’s monumental Wine Grapes tome) that there are various distinct grapes sold as Trebbiano. The most widely planted in Tuscany and Umbria is known as Trebbiano Toscano: it’s the same as Ugni Blanc and as such crisp but neutral. Wines labelled as Vernaccia are likewise made from several different varieties - but superior is Vernaccia di San Gimignano.

Here at SVS we prefer to focus on specific grapes grown in pockets within Italy, for example: the excellent white grapes - Falanghina, Greco di Tufo and Fiano - of the Campania east of Naples; or Grechetto in Umbria; Pecorino in the Marche; and Grillo in Sicily.

Principato, Pinot Grigio, IGT, 2020

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Principato, Pinot Grigio, IGT, 2020

An extremely popular wine from the north west of Italy. Open and simple citrus scent. Lightly...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginItaly

RegionVeneto

ColourWhite

ABV12%

Bottle75cl

CodePRI120

GrapePinot Gris

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Taliano, Serni, Roero Arneis, 2019

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Taliano, Serni, Roero Arneis, 2019

Arneis is an ancient white grape in Piedmont, but a speciality of the Roero, which is just to...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginItaly

RegionPiedmont

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeTAN619

GrapeArneis

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Bellamico, Falanghina Beneventano, IGT, 2019

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Bellamico, Falanghina Beneventano, IGT, 2019

Falanghina Beneventano is named after the town, Benevento, in eastern Campania, inland from...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginItaly

RegionCampania

ColourWhite

ABV12%

Bottle75cl

CodeBEM119

GrapeFalanghina

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Fiorano, Donna Orgilla, Offida Pecorino, DOCG 2019

Offida Pecorino is a DOCG for wines from Pecorino, an ancient grape of the southern Marche, in...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginItaly

RegionMarche

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeFIO619

GrapePecorino

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Tenuta Santa Seraffa, Gavi del Commune di Gavi, 2020

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Tenuta Santa Seraffa, Gavi del Commune di Gavi, 2020

From a historic estate with 18 hectares of vines in the hills above the town of Gavi. From the...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginItaly

RegionPiedmont

ColourWhite

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeSER120

GrapeCortese

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Tenuta Casali, Cavaliere Bianco, Colli Romagna Centrale, 2019

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Tenuta Casali, Cavaliere Bianco, Colli Romagna Centrale, 2019

Named after the vineyard which was planted in 1985, this is organically farmed (in conversion)...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginItaly

RegionEmilia Romagna

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeTEN319

GrapeTrebbiano

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Tenuta Casali, Valleripa, Albana Secco, Romagna, 2019

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Tenuta Casali, Valleripa, Albana Secco, Romagna, 2019

Albana, a local grape, picked late and given given considerable skin contact, giving an...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginItaly

RegionEmilia Romagna

ColourWhite

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeTEN419

GrapeAlbana

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Corte Mainente, Netrroir, Soave, 2018

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Corte Mainente, Netrroir, Soave, 2018

As it's made from a selection of Davide's best grapes across all his vineyard sites,...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginItaly

RegionVeneto

ColourWhite

ABV14%

Bottle75

CodeMAI418

GrapeGarganega

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Corte Mainente, Recioto di Soave, Luna Nova, 2018, Half

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Corte Mainente, Recioto di Soave, Luna Nova, 2018, Half

This Recioto di Soave is made from bunches of a selection of the first picked - for the best...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginItaly

RegionVeneto

ColourWhite

ABV15%

Half Bottle37.5cl

CodeMAI618

GrapeGarganega

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Fiorano, Giulia Ermina, Marche Bianco, 2018

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Fiorano, Giulia Ermina, Marche Bianco, 2018

The top white at Fiorano, from Pecorino fermented using indigenous yeasts in French barrels and...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginItaly

RegionMarche

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeFIO818

GrapePecorino

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