Category: Italian Wine

Pass notes: the most important Italian grapes (part one)

As we turn our focus to the fine wines of Italy, Chris Pollington compiles crib notes to a short-list of the country’s many hundred indigenous grapes – more than anywhere else in the world. Wine has been made in what is now Italy for at least three millennia, with invaders from all directions bringing their […]

Secondary statistics: Italy and Spain

Following on from our report on the secondary market for Burgundy, Fine Wine Sales Manager Matthew Tipping takes a look at sales of fine wine from Spain and Italy on BBX, our wine broking exchange; identifying the vintages, regions and producers most in demand. Diversification in the fine wine market has been a significant trend […]

When it comes to grapes, should we go native? Yea

Following on from yesterday’s post advocating the use of international varietals, Oliver Barton argues that we should embrace the richness and diversity of indigenous grapes. Who wants a burger when abroad? We are living in a world increasingly dominated by bland globalization; with the same companies popping up to make all cities look alike. We […]

The rise of the Super Tuscans – and the response

In the second extract from our new book, Exploring & Tasting Wine, Chris Pollington – Italy Specialist – describes how the arrival of French grapes in Tuscany produced a clutch of new wines – and helped to spark a revival of the region’s indigenous varieties. Sangiovese, the great indigenous grape of Tuscany, is heralded today […]