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, 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. Juicy and light, with a twist of cherrystem...”

    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, 2015

    Product Code: BEF415

    Begali, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2015

    “Classic, larger-than-life Amarone: very deep tone; savoury aromas of leather and spice over black fruit; and then a rich mouthful of autumnal, black...”

    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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  • Taliano, A Bon Rendre, Barbera d'Alba, 2019

    Product Code: TAN119

    Taliano, A Bon Rendre, Barbera d'Alba, 2019

    “A bon rendre – it delivers you goodness. We keep selling out of this friendly wine so have shipped more this year. Pretty cherry aromas. Ripe,...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Piedmont
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Fiorano, I Paoli, Marche Sangiovese, 2019

    Product Code: FIO119

    Fiorano, I Paoli, Marche Sangiovese, 2019

    “This delightful Sangiovese, mainly from sixty year old vines, is Fiorano's principal wine, now renamed I Paoli after the owners Paolo Beretta...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Light to mid Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Marche
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Begali, Recioto della Valpolicella, 2015 [50cl]

    Product Code: BEF615

    Begali, Recioto della Valpolicella, 2015 [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: 13.5%
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  • Azienda Agricola Boasso, Dolcetto D'Alba, 2019

    Product Code: BOA119

    Azienda Agricola Boasso, Dolcetto D'Alba, 2019

    “Dolcetto, of Piedmont origin, means "little sweet" but the grape is usually vinified dry. It can be crafted to make diverse styles, from a...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Light

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Piedmont
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Talosa, Chianti Colli Senesi, 2019

    Product Code: TAK319

    Talosa, Chianti Colli Senesi, 2019

    “From the younger vines in the Talosa Montepulciano vineyards, this is 85% Sangiovese with 15% mixed between Merlot and local Canaiolo and Mammolo.”

    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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  • Col di Lamo, Rosso di Montalcino, 2017

    Product Code: CDL117

    Col di Lamo, Rosso di Montalcino, 2017

    “100% organically farmed (in conversion) Sangiovese, aged in old vats. Youthful and a little reticent – so decant to drink soon.  Lovely...”

    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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  • Taliano, Blagheur, Nebbiolo d’Alba, 2018

    Product Code: TAN318

    Taliano, Blagheur, Nebbiolo d’Alba, 2018

    “A delicious, authentic Nebbiolo, just rounded by a year of ageing in a mix of old oak vessels. Pretty strawberry scent, tinged with vanilla; and the...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Piedmont
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Tenuta Casali, Bassamarea Rosso, Sangiovese Rubicone, 2019

    Product Code: TEN619

    Tenuta Casali, Bassamarea Rosso, Sangiovese Rubicone, 2019

    “A bright, young, country wine - vivid purple; fresh cherry perfume; all cherries and red berries with a little fat. Light, fresh and all too...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Light bodied

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Emilia Romagna
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • Fiorano, Terre di Giobbe, Rosso Piceno Superiore, 2017

    Product Code: FIO317

    Fiorano, Terre di Giobbe, Rosso Piceno Superiore, 2017

    “80% Montepulciano and 20% Sangiovese, aged in old French oak barrels. A big wine, concentrated and robust, liqueur cherries cut by brosk acidity....”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Marche
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Begali, Valpolicella Classico Superiore, 2016

    Product Code: BEF716

    Begali, Valpolicella Classico Superiore, 2016

    “A new wine for us from Begali, one of the founding members of Le Famiglie Storiche, the historic families of Amarone, an association formed in 2009...”

    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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  • Azienda Agricola Boasso, Barbera d'Alba Superiore, 2018

    Product Code: BOA618

    Azienda Agricola Boasso, Barbera d'Alba Superiore, 2018

    “"Superiore" may be added if the wine is aged for a year prior to release, of which at least four months must in barrel. At Boasso this wine...”

    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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  • Le Cinciole, Cinciorosso, IGT Toscana, 2018

    Product Code: CIN118

    Le Cinciole, Cinciorosso, IGT Toscana, 2018

    “70% Sangiovese - from the younger vines at this organic Chianti Classico estate in Panzano - plus 15% each of Merlot and Syrah. No barrels, just from...”

    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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  • I Fabbri, Chianti Classico, Lamole, 2018

    Product Code: IFA118

    I Fabbri, Chianti Classico, Lamole, 2018

    “We shipped this wine last summer, little realising it would swiftly win two top accolades within Italy and high praise from Jancis Robinson, MW.”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Tuscany
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • I Fabbri, Chiant Classico Riserva, 2015

    Product Code: IFA315

    I Fabbri, Chiant Classico Riserva, 2015

    “A selection of the best bunches from the first days of harvest, 95% Sangiovese and 5% Canaiolo aged in French oak.  "This opens...”

    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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  • Taliano, Roche dra Bossora, Roero Riserva, 2016

    Product Code: TAN216

    Taliano, Roche dra Bossora, Roero Riserva, 2016

    “Named after large ravines which score the Roero hills (Roero lying just across the river Tanaro from Barbaresco). Soft, old velvet hue. Fine...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Piedmont
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14.5%
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  • Taliano, Barbaresco, Ad Altiora, Montersino 2016

    Product Code: TAN516

    Taliano, Barbaresco, Ad Altiora, Montersino 2016

    “Ad Altiora implies aiming higher… This is from 100% Nebbiolo grown in the calcareous Bris Montersino vineyard. Lively black fruit with a tarry hint...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Piedmont
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14.5%
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  • MAGNUM Taliano, Barbaresco, Ad Altiora, Montersino 2016

    Product Code: TAN816

    MAGNUM Taliano, Barbaresco, Ad Altiora, Montersino 2016

    “Ad Altiora implies aiming higher… This is from 100% Nebbiolo grown in the calcareous Bris Montersino vineyard. Lively black fruit with a tarry hint...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Piedmont
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 150cl
    • ABV: 14.5%
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  • DOUBLE MAGNUM Taliano, Barbaresco, Ad Altiora, Montersino 2016

    Product Code: TAN716

    DOUBLE MAGNUM Taliano, Barbaresco, Ad Altiora, Montersino 2016

    “Ad Altiora implies aiming higher… This is from 100% Nebbiolo grown in the calcareous Bris Montersino vineyard. Lively black fruit with a tarry hint...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Piedmont
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 300cl
    • ABV: 14.5%
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