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

  • Cennatoio, Chianti Classico, 2012

    Product Code: CEN412

    Cennatoio, Chianti Classico, 2012

    “95% old clones of Sangiovese Grosso with 5% Colorino, aged in large, traditional Slovenian oak botte.Soft ruby. Gently fragrant, red cherries, floral...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium, Full Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Tuscany
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Talosa, Rosso di Montepulciano, 2014

    Product Code: TAK114

    Talosa, Rosso di Montepulciano, 2014

    “From the estate’s younger vines of Sangiovese, with 15% mixed between Merlot and local Canaiolo and Mammolo, given 6-8 months in old barrels....”

    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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  • Talosa, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, 2012

    Product Code: TAK212

    Talosa, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, 2012

    “This wine was accorded the top award of Grande Vino, in the prestigious Italian Slow Wine Guida 2016. 90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot in largely old...”

    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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  • Araldica, Barbera, Piemonte, 2014

    Product Code: ALA114

    Araldica, Barbera, Piemonte, 2014

    “Youthful purple. Scent of plum and candied cherries: then a bittersweet, sharp black cherry flavour with a touch of vanilla. Mildly crunchy, lively...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Piemonte
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Begali, Valpolicella Classico, 2015

    Product Code: BEF115

    Begali, Valpolicella Classico, 2015

    “Basically 2/3 Corvina and 1/3 Rondinella, unoaked. This is the sort of life-enhancing wine which restores one’s faith in Valpolicella. A pretty...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Light Bodied

    Rated 2 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, 2014

    Product Code: BEF214

    Begali, Valpolicella Ripasso, La Cengia, 2014

    “Named after the zone just south of San Pietro, this is made in the Ripasso style by which the wine is left on the skins of the desiccated grapes used...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Veneto
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Begali, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2012

    Product Code: BEF412

    Begali, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2012

    “From 2/3 Corvina and 1/3 Rondinella, and aged half in barrel, half in large vats for over three years. Open scent of cooked raspberries. Very pure...”

    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, Nebbiolo d’Alba, Blagheur, 2012

    Product Code: TAN312

    Taliano, Nebbiolo d’Alba, Blagheur, 2012

    “"Bricky colour, light at the rim. Complex aromas of dried and fresh red fruits and just a hint of development - undergrowth and still very...”

    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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  • Cantina del Glicine, Barbera d’Alba, La Sconsolata, 2011

    Product Code: GLI211

    Cantina del Glicine, Barbera d’Alba, La Sconsolata, 2011

    “This includes about 10% Nebbiolo and is aged in the traditional large Slavonian oak vats. Good deep colour. Refined from the outset, with a gentle...”

    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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  • Vezzani, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, 2014

    Product Code: VEZ114

    Vezzani, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, 2014

    “The Montepulciano grape is widely planted in central and southern Italy, but is perhaps best known in the Abruzzo. Mid ruby. Light, fresh fruit...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Abruzzo
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12%
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  • Rocca, Barbera,  Piemonte, 2015

    Product Code: ROD315

    Rocca, Barbera, Piemonte, 2015

    “Ripe and rounded, showing crunchy blackberries, but surprisingly substantial for a wine at this price – everyone needs a pasta wine like this....”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Piedmont
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12%
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  • Rocca, Chianti, 2015

    Product Code: ROD115

    Rocca, Chianti, 2015

    “A simple, light and true Chianti, bright purple in hue, with a cherry perfume and a light bodied heart of cherry and raspberry. An uncomplicated,...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Tuscany
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • Fiorano, Sangiovese, Marche IGT 2015

    Product Code: FIO115

    Fiorano, Sangiovese, Marche IGT 2015

    “Brilliant colour. Charming scent of berries. A delightful wine, supple and juicy.Fragrant strawberry heart. So pure and refined. Will bring a smile...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Marche
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Fiorano, Terre di Giobbe, Rosso Piceno Superiore DOC 2013

    Product Code: FIO313

    Fiorano, Terre di Giobbe, Rosso Piceno Superiore DOC 2013

    “Rosso Piceno Superiore comes from a group of 13 villages near Ascoli Piceno. This example is from 80% Montepulciano and 20% Sangiovese, aged in old...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Marche
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Il Palagione, Caelum, Chianti Colli Senesi, 2015

    Product Code: PAL115

    Il Palagione, Caelum, Chianti Colli Senesi, 2015

    “An example of how wonderful the 2015 vintage is in Tuscany. 100% Sangiovese given some ageing in old barrels. Really ripe brambly and cherry aroma,...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Tuscany
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Col di Lamo, Brunello di Montalcino, 2011

    Product Code: CDL311

    Col di Lamo, Brunello di Montalcino, 2011

    “Splendid aromatics: cassis with dried fruit. This builds beautifully on the palate, offering cooked red fruits and figs, plus a savoury dimension....”

    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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  • Di Filippo, Villa Conversino, IGT Rosso Umbria, 2015

    Product Code: FIL115

    Di Filippo, Villa Conversino, IGT Rosso Umbria, 2015

    “Largely Sangiovese with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this is a lovely perfumed wine which could be chilled for summer drinking. Fresh, light, with...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Umbria
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Begali, Recioto della Valpolicella, 2010 [50cl]

    Product Code: BEF610

    Begali, Recioto della Valpolicella, 2010 [50cl]

    “Intriguing scent: bitter cherries and herbal medicine, but this is fabulous to drink, all sweet Morello cherry liqueur, and very concentrated indeed....”

    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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  • Boasso, Barolo Gabutti, 2011

    Product Code: BOA411

    Boasso, Barolo Gabutti, 2011

    “From the Gabutti vineyard beside the cellar, a one hectare, south-east facing  site on calcareous marl at about 330m of …”

    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, Dolcetto D'Alba 2015

    Product Code: BOA115

    Azienda Agricola Boasso, Dolcetto D'Alba 2015

    “We have also shipped Claudio’s 2015 Dolcetto. Dolcetto can be very light and fresh or built to last. This is youthful and fresh but has plenty of...”

    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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  • Azienda Agricola Boasso, Barolo, Serralunga d’Alba 2011

    Product Code: BOA311

    Azienda Agricola Boasso, Barolo, Serralunga d’Alba 2011

    “We were so dazzled by the sheer quality and value of Claudio’s wines that we stuck our necks out and bought almost all the remaining stock of his...”

    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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  • Chianti Colli Senesi, Talosa, Montepulciano, 2015

    Product Code: TAK315

    Chianti Colli Senesi, Talosa, Montepulciano, 2015

    “"85% Sangiovese with 15% a mix of Merlot, Canaiolo and Mammolo. Pale ruby. Aromatic with the hint of Beaujolais about the nose. A light, fruity...”

    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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  • Di Filippo Sallustio, Montefalco Rosso, 2013

    Product Code: FIL513

    Di Filippo Sallustio, Montefalco Rosso, 2013

    “Based on Sangiovese, with Barbera and about 15% Sagrantino, the latter bringing spice and intense black fruit. This is a gutsy wine for coarse...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Umbria
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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