Category: Italian Wine

Our top 5 classic Italian grapes

Italy’s extraordinary vinous diversity can be as overwhelming as it is exciting. These five classic grape varieties are an excellent place to start your vinous adventure, being behind many of the country’s most famous wine styles Glera: Glera is the dominant grape behind Britain’s favourite sparkling wine: Prosecco. Up until 2009, its name was synonymous with […]

Our top 5 Italian grapes to try

Italy has over 800 indigenous grapes. Escape a Pinot Grigio rut with one of these lesser-known varieties Vermentino You might know Vermentino, but it’s worth keeping an eye out for it under its pseudonyms, Favorita and Pigato. The aromatic white grape’s origins are much debated. Some believe its name derives from vermene, a Piedmontese word […]

Perfect pairings

Italy’s vinous diversity is matched by its equally eclectic cuisine: each region has its own cultural identity, with a local dish that is guaranteed to match the fruit of neighbouring vines. Here are a few to try… Marche Le Marche, located on central Italy’s Adriatic coast, is less touristy than its flashy western neighbours, Tuscany […]

Sicily’s time in the sun

A new generation of winemakers has transformed Sicily’s reputation, proving the potential of the island’s extraordinary terroir. Here our Buyer for the region, Katherine Dart MW explains why Sicily – and Mount Etna in particular – is worthy of your attention In winemaking terms, Etna is developing a reputation for fresh, defined, age-worthy wines; for […]