Tag: Italy

The Barolo of the South

Confirmed Italophile Chris Pollington looks back on his vinous journey, from first taste of Tuscany to a quest for the new and unusual, singing the praises of his current grape of choice: Aglianico, the South’s answer to Nebbiolo. It’s now over 30 years since I took my first wine exam and almost 20 years since […]

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

Following on from last week’s feature covering everything from Aglianico to Sangiovese, this week Chris Pollington gives you the low-down on Italy’s most important white grapes (which go far beyond Prosecco and Pinot Grigio), as well as a few extra reds for those eager to know more. Carricante: an indigenous Sicilian variety making distinctive wines, […]

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 […]