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

  • Taliano, Serni, Roero Arneis, 2019

    Product Code: TAN619

    Taliano, Serni, Roero Arneis, 2019

    “Arneis is an ancient white grape in Piedmont, but a speciality of the Roero, which is just to the north of the river Tanaro. Sernì simply means...”

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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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  • Bellamico, Falanghina Beneventano, IGT, 2019

    Product Code: BEM119

    Bellamico, Falanghina Beneventano, IGT, 2019

    “Falanghina Beneventano is named after the town, Benevento, in eastern Campania, inland from Naples. Wine from the Falanghina grape is mid-weight,...”

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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 2019

    Product Code: FIO619

    Fiorano, Donna Orgilla, Offida Pecorino, DOCG 2019

    “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: 13.5%
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  • Corte Mainente, Pigno, Soave Classico, 2019

    Product Code: MAI319

    Corte Mainente, Pigno, Soave Classico, 2019

    “100% Garganega grown on red and black volcanic soils in a single vineyard in Pigno, known as one of the best terroirs in the hilly Classico zone 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, 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 with 18 hectares of vines in the hills above the town of Gavi. From the Cortese grape, this delivers with immediacy: a 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, 2019

    Product Code: TEN119

    Tenuta Casali, Bassamarea Bianco, Bianco Rubicone, 2019

    “This pure Trebbiano shows the simple virtues of the grape – crisp citrus and pear 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, 2019

    Product Code: TEN319

    Tenuta Casali, Cavaliere Bianco, Colli Romagna Centrale, 2019

    “Named after the vineyard which was planted in 1985, this is organically farmed (in conversion) 100% Trebbiano (Romagnolo) given about six months on...”

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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, 2019

    Product Code: TEN419

    Tenuta Casali, Valleripa, Albana Secco, Romagna, 2019

    “Albana, a local grape, picked late and given given considerable skin contact, giving an enticing golden hue, aromas of honey and orange blossom; and...”

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    Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Emilia Romagna
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14.5%
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  • Corte Mainente, Netrroir, Soave, 2018

    Product Code: MAI418

    Corte Mainente, Netrroir, Soave, 2018

    “As it's made from a selection of Davide’s best grapes across all his vineyard sites, Netrroir is only labelled as a Soave rather than a Soave...”

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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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  • Mirabello, Pinot Grigio, Delle Venezie, 2019 (Screwcap)

    Product Code: MRB119

    Mirabello, Pinot Grigio, Delle Venezie, 2019 (Screwcap)

    “From North-West Italy. Open with citrus fruit. Clean crisp and dry. Now-2021.”

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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, Recioto di Soave, Luna Nova, 2018, Half

    Product Code: MAI618

    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 condition and good levels of acidity - grapes of...”

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    Sweet

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Veneto
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 37.5cl
    • ABV: 15%
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