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, 2017

    Product Code: PON117

    Ca’ di Ponti, Grillo, IGT Sicilia, 2017

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

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Sicily
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Filadoro, Greco di Tufo, 2016

    Product Code: FIM316

    Filadoro, Greco di Tufo, 2016

    “Greco, probably a local Italian grape in origin; Tufo, a village with vines on volcanic soils derived (unsurprisingly) from tuff or tufa. Subtle...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Campania
    • 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, 2017

    Product Code: BEM117

    Bellamico, Falanghina Beneventano, IGT, 2017

    “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 2016

    Product Code: FIO616

    Fiorano, Donna Orgilla, Offida Pecorino, DOCG 2016

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

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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, 2015

    Product Code: PAL815

    Il Palagione, Ori, Vernaccia di San Gimignano Riserva, 2015

    “"For 19 years, owner Giorgio Comotti drove from Milan every weekend to tend his vines. And it has paid off. A distinctive nose with flint,...”

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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, 2016

    Product Code: PAL616

    Il Palagione, Hydra, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, 2016

    “A stimulating Vernaccia - and one that keeps too: green fruit and melon with zip and a long stony finish. Now-2019”

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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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  • Araldica, Piemonte Cortese, 2017

    Product Code: ARA717

    Araldica, Piemonte Cortese, 2017

    “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, 2017

    Product Code: MAI317

    Corte Mainente, Soave Classico, Tovo al Pigno, 2017

    “A top Soave, 100% Garganega grown on red and black volcanic soils in Pigno, one of the best terroirs in the central Classico zone. Fresh pear and...”

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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, 2017

    Product Code: MAI117

    Corte Mainente, Soave, Cengelle, 2017

    “"Chock-full of fine fruit. Racy and so refreshing and charming! VGV. 16.5/20" , Jancis Robinson, MW, jancisrobinson.com, 5th November 2018”

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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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  • Filadoro, Beneventano Falanghina IGT, 2016

    Product Code: FIM116

    Filadoro, Beneventano Falanghina IGT, 2016

    “Benevento is one of the sub-regions of Irpinia, with vineyards at around 500 metres of altitude about 50 kms inland from Naples: Falanghina is one of...”

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    Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Irpinia
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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