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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  • Begali, Valpolicella Classico, 2016

    Product Code: BEF116

    Begali, Valpolicella Classico, 2016

    “Oh for those frivolous days of one’s youth, drinking "Valpol" with "Spag Bol". Underrated now, good Valpolicella is such a...”

    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, 2016

    Product Code: BEF216

    Begali, Valpolicella Ripasso, La Cengia, 2016

    “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%
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  • Begali, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2014

    Product Code: BEF413

    Begali, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2014

    “From one of the grand dynasties of Amarone, made from selected bunches of grapes dried in the autumn on straw to concentrate the sugars and dry...”

    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

    “All in French barriques, 1/3 new. This has the air of a very fine wine: smart oak, superb aromatics; and intense black fruit cut by stimulating...”

    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, 2017

    Product Code: TAN117

    Taliano, A Bon Rendre, Barbera d'Alba, 2017

    “About 1/3 of the wine is aged in old vats. This is crafted in a supple, easy-drinking style, with pretty raspberry and curranty fruit, creamy, with...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Piedmont
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Fiorano, Sangiovese, Marche IGT 2017

    Product Code: FIO117

    Fiorano, Sangiovese, Marche IGT 2017

    “The latest vintage of this Sangiovese is as stunning as ever, appealing to all who enjoy youthful and juicy reds. Bright red cherries to the fore,...”

    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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  • Fiorano, Terre di Giobbe, Rosso Piceno Superiore DOC 2015

    Product Code: FIO315

    Fiorano, Terre di Giobbe, Rosso Piceno Superiore DOC 2015

    “80% Montepulciano and 20% Sangiovese, aged in old French oak barrels. A big wine, punchy and concentrated, but it has the lively cut of blackberry...”

    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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  • Col di Lamo, Rosso di Montalcino, 2015

    Product Code: CDL115

    Col di Lamo, Rosso di Montalcino, 2015

    “"Some nuanced ruby colour. Light and rather delicate and flirtatious with some almost Nebbiolo-like tarriness on the end. Really good wine....”

    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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  • Taliano, Barberesco, Ad Altiora, 2013

    Product Code: TAN513

    Taliano, Barberesco, Ad Altiora, 2013

    “Ad Altiora implies aiming higher…  This is from 100% Nebbiolo grown in the calcareous Bris Montersino vineyard. Open, gorgeous perfume –...”

    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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  • Boasso, Barolo Gabutti, 2013

    Product Code: BOA413

    Boasso, Barolo Gabutti, 2013

    “"Cask sample. Tasted blind. Healthy mid ruby. A little marked by oxidation due to the fact that this is a barrel sample. Supple fruit with...”

    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, 2016

    Product Code: TAK316

    Talosa, Chianti Colli Senesi, 2016

    “"Juicy, correct expression of Sangiovese. Very direct and fully ripe but with good tanginess on the end. GV. 16/20" , Jancis Robinson, MW,...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Light bodied

    Rated 2 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

    “Sangiovese based, with Barbera and about 15% Sagrantino, the latter bringing spice and intense black fruit. A chunky and punchy wine offering...”

    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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  • Col di Lamo, Lamo, IGT Toscana [2010]

    Product Code: CDL210

    Col di Lamo, Lamo, IGT Toscana [2010]

    “In Italy you do not need to include the vintage on the label for IGT wines, but this small volume wine (just 3,000 bottles produced) is from 2010....”

    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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  • Il Palagione, Antajr, IGT Toscana Rosso, 2011

    Product Code: PAL411

    Il Palagione, Antajr, IGT Toscana Rosso, 2011

    “70% Sangiovese with 15% of each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with lots of new French barriques. Surprisingly youthful, showy, intense and oaky,...”

    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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  • Taliano, Roche dra Bossora, Roero Riserva, 2012

    Product Code: TAN212

    Taliano, Roche dra Bossora, Roero Riserva, 2012

    “Named after large ravines which score the Roero hills. Roero Riserva must be aged for a total of 32 months before release, including a minimum of six...”

    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

    “About 50% Nebbiolo, 40% Barbera and 10% Dolcetto, all grown around Serralunga, given a year in old vats. Delightfully winning, with the juiciness of...”

    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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  • Filadoro, Aglianico, Irpinia, 2012

    Product Code: FIM612

    Filadoro, Aglianico, Irpinia, 2012

    “100% Aglianico, unoaked. A gutsy, autumnal wine, textured and evincing plenty of ripe tannins, with savoury notes of leather and game around a...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Irpinia
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Filadoro, Taurasi, DOCG 2012

    Product Code: FIM812

    Filadoro, Taurasi, DOCG 2012

    “Taurasi is one of the historic reds of the south, 100% Aglianico. Immediately very powerful and grippy, showing intense black fruit, not sweet, with...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Campania
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Taliano, Blagheur, Nebbiolo d’Alba, 2016

    Product Code: TAN316

    Taliano, Blagheur, Nebbiolo d’Alba, 2016

    “A Blagheur, in the local half-French dialect, is one who exaggerates. Just rounded by a year of ageing in a mix of old vats and used oak French...”

    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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