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

  • Araldica, Chardonnay, Piemonte, 2014

    Product Code: ARA614

    Araldica, Chardonnay, Piemonte, 2014

    “Unoaked and relatively low in alcohol, this chardonnay from north-west Italy is lighter and fresher than New World offerings. Open and inviting nose...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Piedmonte
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 11.5%
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  • Ca’ di Ponti, Grillo, IGT Sicilia, 2015

    Product Code: PON115

    Ca’ di Ponti, Grillo, IGT Sicilia, 2015

    “The obscurity of the Grillo grape has not stopped this from becoming surprisingly popular amongst our customers. Widely planted in Sicily - this...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Sicily
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • Bellamico, Falanghina Beneventano, IGT, 2015

    Product Code: BEM115

    Bellamico, Falanghina Beneventano, IGT, 2015

    “Falanghina Beneventano is named after the town, Benevento, in eastern Campania. Wine from the Falanghina grape is flowery and stone-fruited, and...”

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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 2015

    Product Code: FIO615

    Fiorano, Donna Orgilla, Offida Pecorino, DOCG 2015

    “"Certified organic. Floral, lively, mouth-filling with an attractive spine of acidity but a really satisfying mouthful of fruit. Very Italian...”

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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, Hydra, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, 2015

    Product Code: PAL615

    Il Palagione, Hydra, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, 2015

    “"This wine, with its slightly softer style, still conveys an attractive zing that awakens the palate. It has the glossy texture that’s...”

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    Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Tuscany
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • Taliano, Favorita, Fiori e Frutti, Langhe, DOC, 2014

    Product Code: TAN714

    Taliano, Favorita, Fiori e Frutti, Langhe, DOC, 2014

    “Flowers and fruit indeed, a pretty, stone-fruited wine, nicely textured, with brightness and lift, perfect for summer …”

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    Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Piedmont
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Araldica, Piemonte Cortese, 2015

    Product Code: ARA715

    Araldica, Piemonte Cortese, 2015

    “Cortese is perhaps the best known white grape of Piemonte, the grape of Gavi, for example. Enjoy this in its youth, pine-scented, yet with an...”

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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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