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

  • Fiorano, Donna Orgilla, Offida Pecorino, DOCG 2018

    Product Code: FIO618

    Fiorano, Donna Orgilla, Offida Pecorino, DOCG 2018

    “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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  • Corte Mainente, Soave Classico, Pigno, 2019

    Product Code: MAI319

    Corte Mainente, Soave Classico, Pigno, 2019

    “"Almonds and lemon on the nose, with lemon dominant currently. This fairly complex wine is still pretty youthful. Great to be reminded of proper...”

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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, Vigna Cengelle, 2019

    Product Code: MAI119

    Corte Mainente, Soave, Vigna Cengelle, 2019

    “90% Garganega (with 10% Trebbiano di Soave) from vines near the village of Soave grown on calcareous soils, this displays an enticing perfume of...”

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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, 2019

    Product Code: SER119

    Tenuta Santa Seraffa, Gavi del Commune di Gavi, 2019

    “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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  • Corte Mainente, Netrroir, Soave, 2017

    Product Code: MAI417

    Corte Mainente, Netrroir, Soave, 2017

    “As it's made from a selection of Davide’s best grapes across all his sites, it’s only a Soave rather than a Soave Classico. The grapes are...”

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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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