Italy

Italian Wines


The complexity of Italy is remarkable: so many different grapes, most autochthonous (i.e. native to Italy) and many only grown regionally.


The two key quality red grapes are: Sangiovese, grown all over Tuscany and beyond, and best known for Chianti, and reds made at Montepulciano and Montalcino; and Nebbiolo, the top red of Piedmont, best known for the wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. Beyond that there are splendid red grapes which can thrive in southern Italy’s heat, from Nero d’Avola and Negroamaro to Aglianico and Primitivo; and the lighter reds of Italy’s north, from Dolcetto to the west; and east of Milan Corvina and Rondinella, the grapes for Valpolicella and Amarone.


The success in the 1970s of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grown on the Tuscan coast at Bolgheri persuaded many in Tuscany and further afield to plant these varieties, plus Syrah; but more recently growers seem to be pulling back from producing these so-called "Super Tuscans".


Italian wine production is marked by two strong and mutually supportive initiatives: the Slow Food movement, which started in Italy, and which celebrates small-scale, artisanal cellars; and a widespread adoption of organic cultivation. Several of our growers, including Di Filippo, Il Palagione and Fiorano farm organically.

Italy

  • Talosa, Rosso di Montepulciano, 2016

    Product Code: TAK116

    Talosa, Rosso di Montepulciano, 2016

    “We have been working with the family owned Talosa estate for seven years now: they may not be the grandest address in Montepulciano (although their...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Tuscany
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Talosa, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva, 2013

    Product Code: TAK313

    Talosa, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva, 2013

    “100% Sangiovese. 2013 was a cool vintage, so this is from grapes picked in late October. This combines plenty of power with splendid aromatics - all...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Tuscany
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14.5%
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  • Talosa, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, 2015

    Product Code: TAK215

    Talosa, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, 2015

    “90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot given two years in oak, the first in 500l, new, first fill and second; and the second year in large vats Sumptuous in...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Tuscany
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Begali, Valpolicella Classico, 2019

    Product Code: BEF119

    Begali, Valpolicella Classico, 2019

    “2/3 Corvina and 1/3 Rondinella, offering a pretty and sappy mouthful of buckets of red cherries. More concentrated than usual, with a twist of...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Light Bodied

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Veneto
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • Begali, Valpolicella Ripasso, La Cengia, 2018

    Product Code: BEF218

    Begali, Valpolicella Ripasso, La Cengia, 2018

    “2/3 Corvina and 1/3 Rondinella, crafted in the Ripasso style by which the wine is left on the skins of the desiccated grapes used after the...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Veneto
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14.5%
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  • Begali, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2014

    Product Code: BEF414

    Begali, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2014

    “Very ripe and concentrated, with blackcurrant flavour tinged with dark chocolate. Super fresh finish. Amarone is a wonderful wine to sip with hard...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Veneto
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 16%
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  • Begali, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, Monte Ca’ Bianca, 2013

    Product Code: BEF513

    Begali, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, Monte Ca’ Bianca, 2013

    “From a blend of Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella, all grown in the single Monte Ca’ Bianca vineyard, and all aged in French barriques, 1/3 new,...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Veneto
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 16%
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  • Fiorano, Sangiovese, Marche IGT 2018

    Product Code: FIO118

    Fiorano, Sangiovese, Marche IGT 2018

    “"Transparent garnet. Smells very healthy and lively – so much fruit and freshness that it rather reminded me on the nose of a cru...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Light Bodied

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Marche
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Il Palagione, Caelum, Chianti Colli Senesi, 2017

    Product Code: PAL117

    Il Palagione, Caelum, Chianti Colli Senesi, 2017

    “Vital purple. Perfume of sweet oak and cherries – and then a warming, complete and spicy gush of black cherries and plums. Very ripe, with...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Tuscany
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Col di Lamo, Rosso di Montalcino, 2015

    Product Code: CDL115

    Col di Lamo, Rosso di Montalcino, 2015

    “100% Sangiovese, aged in old vats, with even more punch than usual: first, an open perfume with cigarbox and cinnamon; then a lovely cooked...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Tuscany
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Begali, Recioto della Valpolicella, 2012 [50cl]

    Product Code: BEF612

    Begali, Recioto della Valpolicella, 2012 [50cl]

    “Red Recioto della Valpolicella is made after careful late picking of ripe bunches (of Corvina and Rondinella grapes), which are then left to...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Sweet, Rich

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Veneto
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 50cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Boasso, Barolo Gabutti, 2013

    Product Code: BOA413

    Boasso, Barolo Gabutti, 2013

    “From the Gabutti vineyard below the cellar, a one hectare, south-east facing site on calcareous marl at about 330m of altitude. From 100% Nebbiolo,...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Piedmont
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Azienda Agricola Boasso, Barolo, Serralunga d’Alba 2012

    Product Code: BOA312

    Azienda Agricola Boasso, Barolo, Serralunga d’Alba 2012

    “From several sites in the commune of Serralunga, this offers a delightfully open perfume of raspberries and roses, and a plush, concentrated but...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Piedmont
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Talosa, Chianti Colli Senesi, 2018

    Product Code: TAK318

    Talosa, Chianti Colli Senesi, 2018

    “The 2016 vintage of their great value Chianti Colli Senesi was praised by Jancis Robinson, MW in the Financial Times last December. From the younger...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Light bodied

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Tuscany
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Fiorano, Ser Balduzio, IGT Marche Rosso, 2013

    Product Code: FIO413

    Fiorano, Ser Balduzio, IGT Marche Rosso, 2013

    “From a special selection of late-picked Montepulciano grapes, aged in Slavonian oak barrels, 1/3 new. This is a deeply coloured, huge wine, with...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Marche
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14.5%
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  • Taliano, Roche dra Bossora, Roero Riserva, 2012

    Product Code: TAN212

    Taliano, Roche dra Bossora, Roero Riserva, 2012

    “Roero Riserva must be aged for a total of 32 months before release, including a minimum of six months in barrel (here about 30% new, 70% old). This...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Piedmont
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14.5%
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  • MAGNUM Taliano, Roche dra Bossora, Roero Riserva, 2012

    Product Code: TAN212M

    MAGNUM Taliano, Roche dra Bossora, Roero Riserva, 2012

    “Roero Riserva must be aged for a total of 32 months before release, including a minimum of six months in barrel (here about 30% new, 70% old). This...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Piedmont
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14.5%
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  • Boasso, Grappoli, Langhe Rosso, 2015

    Product Code: BOA215

    Boasso, Grappoli, Langhe Rosso, 2015

    “Grappoli are bunches of grapes - one adorning the label of this splended blend: about 50% Nebbiolo, 40% Barbera and 10% Dolcetto, all grown around...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium-Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Piedmont
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Taliano, Blagheur, Nebbiolo d’Alba, 2016

    Product Code: TAN316

    Taliano, Blagheur, Nebbiolo d’Alba, 2016

    “A delicious, forward Nebbiolo, just rounded by a year of ageing in a mix of old oak. Soft pale and transparent tone; pretty strawberry scent; and the...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Langhe
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Rocca, Negroamaro, Salento, 2018

    Product Code: ROD218

    Rocca, Negroamaro, Salento, 2018

    “Well-made example of this masculine southern grape, hearty with some structure but also ready to drink. Deep, and lightly hazy. Lively cooked...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Puglia
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Begali, Tigiolo, IGT Veronese, 2014

    Product Code: BEF314

    Begali, Tigiolo, IGT Veronese, 2014

    “Intensely black-fruited, with the bittersweet, tangy bite of sharp blackcurrants. Great depth of flavour - and intriguingly different. Now-2025”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Veneto
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14.5%
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  • Col di Lamo, Brunello di Montalcino, 2013

    Product Code: CDL313

    Col di Lamo, Brunello di Montalcino, 2013

    “Power, and underlying structure, but very elegant this vintage. Svelte red fruit, subtly spiced with cinnamon. Builds beautifully on the palate: the...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Tuscany
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Tenuta Casali, Bassamarea Rosso, Sangiovese Rubicone, 2018

    Product Code: TEN618

    Tenuta Casali, Bassamarea Rosso, Sangiovese Rubicone, 2018

    “A bright, young, country wine - vivid purple, fresh cherry perfume, all cherries and strawberries with a little fat. Perfect summer red drinking,...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Emilia Romagna
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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