Italy

Italian 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.

Italy

  • Ca’ di Ponti, Grillo, IGT Sicilia, 2018

    Product Code: PON118

    Ca’ di Ponti, Grillo, IGT Sicilia, 2018

    “Widely planted in Sicily, Grillo retains freshness and lowish alcohol in the Mediterranean heat. Understated melons and pears, subtly almondy, some...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Sicily
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Taliano, Sernì, Roero Arneis, 2017

    Product Code: TAN617

    Taliano, Sernì, Roero Arneis, 2017

    “Arneis is an ancient white grape in Piedmont, a speciality of the Roero. Appealing scent - floral and pine woods; and then a ripe, rounded palate,...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Piedmont
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Bellamico, Falanghina Beneventano, IGT, 2018

    Product Code: BEM118

    Bellamico, Falanghina Beneventano, IGT, 2018

    “Falanghina Beneventano is named after the town, Benevento, in eastern Campania. Wine from the Falanghina grape is mid-weight, with hints of stone...”

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    Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Campania
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12%
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  • Fiorano, Donna Orgilla, Offida Pecorino, DOCG 2017

    Product Code: FIO617

    Fiorano, Donna Orgilla, Offida Pecorino, DOCG 2017

    “Offida Pecorino is a DOCG for wines from Pecorino, an ancient grape of the southern Marche, in this commune of Ascoli Piceno. From organically farmed...”

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    Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Marche
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Il Palagione, Ori, Vernaccia di San Gimignano Riserva, 2017

    Product Code: PAL817

    Il Palagione, Ori, Vernaccia di San Gimignano Riserva, 2017

    “Vernaccia Riserva is from declared vineyards and has to be aged in barrel, here half in new barrels and half first fill. But it doesn’t appear...”

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    Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Tuscany
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Il Palagione, Hydra, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, 2018

    Product Code: PAL618

    Il Palagione, Hydra, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, 2018

    “This stimulating Vernaccia is superb in this vintage: an enticingly herbal scent with hints of sage and mint; and then terrific to drink, both...”

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    Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Tuscany
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Araldica, Piemonte Cortese, 2018

    Product Code: ARA718

    Araldica, Piemonte Cortese, 2018

    “Cortese is perhaps the best known white grape of Piemonte. Pine-scented, yet with an exotically flavoured palate of tropical fruit and herby...”

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    Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Piedmont
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12%
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  • Corte Mainente, Soave Classico, Tovo al Pigno, 2018

    Product Code: MAI318

    Corte Mainente, Soave Classico, Tovo al Pigno, 2018

    “100% Garganega grown on red and black volcanic soils in a single vineyard in Pigno, known as one of the best terroirs in the middle of the hilly...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Veneto
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • Corte Mainente, Soave, Cengelle, 2018

    Product Code: MAI118

    Corte Mainente, Soave, Cengelle, 2018

    “From 90% Garganega (with 10% Trebbiano di Soave) on calcareous soils, this displays an enticing perfume of white flowers and greengages. Overtly...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Veneto
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • Tenuta Santa Seraffa, Gavi del Commune di Gavi, 2018

    Product Code: SER118

    Tenuta Santa Seraffa, Gavi del Commune di Gavi, 2018

    “From a historic estate, this pure Cortese is strong: displaying a very open floral and citrus perfume; and then a refreshing, lemony mouthful. Very...”

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    Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Piedmont
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • Tenuta Casali, Bassamarea Bianco, Bianco Rubicone, 2018

    Product Code: TEN118

    Tenuta Casali, Bassamarea Bianco, Bianco Rubicone, 2018

    “This pure Trebbiano shows the simple virtues of the grape – citrus and peach flavours, nicely rounded, with a hint of white pepper. Honest,...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Emilia Romagna
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12%
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  • Tenuta Casali, Cavaliere Bianco, Colli Romagna Centrale, 2017

    Product Code: TEN317

    Tenuta Casali, Cavaliere Bianco, Colli Romagna Centrale, 2017

    “Named after the vineyard which was planted in 1985, this is 100% Trebbiano (Romagnolo) given about six months on its lees. Pale gold. Lovely scent of...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Emilia Romagna
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Tenuta Casali, Valleripa, Albana Secco, Romagna, 2017

    Product Code: TEN417

    Tenuta Casali, Valleripa, Albana Secco, Romagna, 2017

    “Albana, a local grape, given about 18 hours skin contact, giving an enticing strong golden hue, aromas of honey and dried appleskin; and a...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Emilia Romagna
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Corte Mainente, Netrroir, Soave, 2017

    Product Code: MAI417

    Corte Mainente, Netrroir, Soave, 2017

    “From a selection of Davide’s best grapes across all his sites, it’s only a Soave rather than a Soave Classico. From grapes picked late for full...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Veneto
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75
    • ABV: 14%
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