Italy

Although Italy's winemaking history goes back over 2500 years, it is only since the second world war that their wines have become known outside the country. Wine was always considered to be part of a meal and for many was a significant portion of their caloric intake. As Italian incomes rose, wine became less of a food staple and more of a social beverage, albeit still enjoyed with a meal. Per capita consumption of wine fell from a high of 120 litres per person annually in the early 70's to under 40 litres per person today. This meant that Italian winemakers were forced to find export markets for their products. Inexpensive Chianti and Lambrusco were the first to conquer the export markets in the 70's. Later, Brunello, Barolo, Amarone and the Super-Tuscans showed that Italy could produce high quality wines for which consumers would pay top dollar. One of Italy's greatest strengths is its huge range of local grapes. There may be over 350 autochthonous varieties, although the top 10 account for about 40% of all vineyard acreage. These include Sangiovese, Trebbiano, Montepulciano, Cattarato, Barbera and Glera.

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  • Armilla-Brunello-di-Montalcino

    Armilla Brunello di Montalcino 2016

    Dark black cherry color indicating the ripeness of the vintage. Nose is expressive and big with cherry and notes of licorice and dates. Mouthcoatingly smooth and with more ripe cherry, toast and mineral on the palate. The finish sticks to the teeth and is long. The balance of the fruit, alcohol, oak and acidity work perfectly together to form a finish that easily lasts 45 seconds. The tannins are ripe, but firm.

    $69.95
  • Azzoni-Grechetto

    Azzoni Grechetto 2019

    A brilliant, pale yellow, with light green reflections. Fine and elegant aromas of white flowers, almonds, pear and white peach. Fresh and balanced in the mouth with particular weight, a touch of minerality and a mouth watering finish.

    $17.90
  • Azzoni-Rosato

    Azzoni Rosato Lupetta 2020

    This Marche Rosato is a marriage of Montepucliano, Merlot and a dash of Lacryma is a brilliant fuscia colour. The nose is very expressive with macerated bing cherries, crushed strawberries, dried rosemary and a hint of violets. The palate is fruity, yet dry, and showcasing the same fruit as noted in the aromatics.

    $17.95
  • Biondi-Santi-Braccale-igt-Maremma

    Biondi Santi Braccale igt Maremma 2017

    A great food-friendly Tuscan red made from Sangiovese and softened with the addition of 20% Merlot. Ten months in oak adds some spicy complexity. This wine opens with a unique blackberry like bouquet with scents of licorice blended in. On the palate, it’s is medium bodied, smooth and soft, with juicy black current flavors nicely integrated tobacco and cedar. The finish is quite dry with noticeable tannins that are nicely extended. Drink now and over the next 4 years.

    $29.95
  • Biondi-Santi-Sassoalloro-igt-Toscana

    Biondi Santi Sassoalloro igt Toscana 2018

    100% BBS11 Sangiovese clone – the clone developed generations ago by the Biondi Santi family to produce forward, yet long aging, well-structured wines and the backbone to the family’s Brunellos.

    $37.95
  • Cantine-Rallo-Syrah-la-Clarissa

    Cantine Rallo Syrah la Clarissa 2019

    Cantine Rallo is located in Marsala, on the westernmost promontory of Sicily, and is a successful integration between nature, technology and tradition. Don Diego Rallo founded the firm in 1860, and the Vesco family took over operations in 1996. Today, Cantine Rallo has about 50 hectares of vineyards, all of which are in the DOC zone of Alcamo. Their wines are produced with grapes from the estate’s own vineyards.

    $23.20
  • Casale-Marchese-Frascati-Superiore

    Casale Marchese Frascati Superiore 2019

    The Casale Marchese estate makes Frascati as it should be made. They use the best clones of Malvasia and only the best 15 – 20% of their grapes are sold under their label. The remainder is sold to the local co-operative. The estate practices sustainable farming, coupled with high density, short-pruned planting, yielding limited grapes per vine. The result is optimal fruit concentration.

    $20.35
  • Castello-di-Verrazzano-Chianti-Classico

    Castello di Verrazzano Chianti Classico 2017

    This is a traditional Chianti Classico from one of the original founders of the Consorzio del Vino Chianti Classico. Red ruby colour with purplish reflections in its youth. Intense scent, rich in fruity aromas as cherry and blackberry, well integrated with floral notes of red rose. Well balanced, slightly savoury, with oak hints.

    $30.95
  • Castello-di-Verrazzano-Chianti-Classico-375ml

    Castello di Verrazzano Chianti Classico 375 mL 2017

    Red ruby colour with purplish reflexes in its youth. Intense scent, rich in fruity aromas as cherry and blackberry, well mixed with flower notes of red rose. Well balanced, slightly savoury, with oak hints.

    $21.95
  • Castello-di-Verrazzano-Chianti-Classico-Riserva

    Castello di Verrazzano Chianti Classico Riserva 2015

    Produced only in the best vintages, the “Riserva” is one of the most representative wines of the winery, and it is the top expression of Sangiovese own characteristics. Red garnet colour, scent with red fruit aromas, followed by notes of tobacco, black pepper and sweet wood, which become more complex and delicate with the ageing

    $49.95
  • Colognole Chianti Rufina 2016

    Colognole is based in the small Chianti Rufina region, which accounts for just 3% of total Chianti production. Rufina is known for possessing the highest elevation vineyards in Chianti which explains why it is slightly cooler than Classico. The wines are also known to be very age-worthy.

    $21.50
  • Colognole-Riserva-Del-Don-Chianti-Rufina

    Colognole Riserva Del Don Chianti Rufina 2015

    The name Riserva del Don was chosen to reflect that this wine is produced using the best quality Sangiovese grapes from the estate. In Southern Italy, from whence the family originated, tradition held that the “Don” (property owner) was to be gifted a small, but premium part of each vintage.

    $33.25
  • Fattoria-Conca-dOro-Prosecco-Millesimato-Conegliano-Extra-Dry

    Fattoria Conca d’Oro Prosecco Millesimato Conegliano Extra Dry 2020

    This is a superb example of Prosecco Superiore. The grapes grow on the beautiful hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene, a unique and incomparable place. The particular composition of the soil, the lay of the land and the rolling hills and valleys which are blessed with a favourable climate influenced by the mountains and the sea, all contribute to making an intensely aromatic Prosecco with a distinctive and elegant flavour. Fresh and fruity with green apples, grapefruit, banana and floral notes of acacia. Follows through with good acidity, making it fresh, harmonious and velvety.

    $22.60
  • Fattoria-Conca-dOro-Prosecco-Rose

    Fattoria Conca d’Oro Prosecco Rose DOC Treviso Brut 2020

    The first production of this new wine category. Produced by the Fattoria Conca d’Oro at their winery nestled in the hills of Conegliano Valdobbiandene at the centre of the classic production zone, the wines is composed of 85% Glera and 15% Pinot Noir and is elaborated over a period of 60 days by the “Charmat” or closed tank method for sparkling wines.

    $19.95
  • iGreco-Cata-Gaglioppo

    iGreco Cata Gaglioppo 2017

    iGreco wines are guided by the highly regarded Italian enologist, Riccardo Cotarella. As a result, “Cata” is a fleshier, silkier example of the usually heavy Gaglioppo variety, Catà is the perfect introduction to Calabrian wines. Six months in barrique gives a velvety roundness to the wine and a burst of spicy red fruits and chocolate notes come through on the palate and linger on the finish.

    $21.95
  • Kupelwieser Alto Adige Pinot Grigio 2019

    Kupelwieser Alto Adige Pinot Grigio 2020

    From Italy’s northernmost, but highly acclaimed region of Alto Adige, one gets to experience the best of two worlds, with Mediterranean and Alpine climatic conditions coming into play. This wine shows crisp and refreshing Pinot Grigio handcrafted by award-winning winemaker Peter Zemmer. The grapes are sourced from vineyards on the valley floor of the ‘Lowlands’ of Alto Adige. Zemmer’s low-yield approach in the vineyards results in a complex, dry white wine which reveals flavors of citrus and pear with nuances of mineral, all showcased by a lengthy finish.

    $20.95
  • La-Quercia-Montepulciano-dAbruzzo

    La Quercia Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2017

    La Querica (The Oak). This Montepulciano is a great example of what happens when you match low-yield winemaking expertise with a prolific growing zone, and constantly cut, cut, cut back the vines. Made by winemaker Antonio Lamona, the result is one of the best quality, most expressive and balanced Montepulcianos around. Full-bodied, smooth, and packed with notes of blackberry, wild cherry, chocolate and spice. This is a flavourful versatile wine that will pair with anything you put on the table .

    $21.95
  • Luigi-Righetti-Amarone-della-Valpolicella-Classico

    Luigi Righetti Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2016

    Righetti’s Amarone is produced from selected Corvina (70%), Rondinella (20%) and other indigenous varietals (10%) grown in the hills of the Valpolicella Classico DOC. The finest bunches of ripe grapes are placed in shallow, wood crates and left to dry over a period of 3-5 months. Thereafter, the grapes are pressed, the juice is fermented to dryness, and the wine is aged in large casks of Slavonian oak.

    $35.75
  • Luigi-Righetti-Campo-Tordi-Corvina

    Luigi Righetti Campo Tordi Corvina 2019

    Comprised of 100% Corvina, the primary varietal in wines such as Valpolicella Classico and Amarone della Valpolicella. Unlike these traditional wines, however, Campo Tordi is fermented in temperature controlled, stainless steel tanks as opposed to neutral Slavonian oak barrels. The result is a fresher more fruit driven expression of the Corvina grape. Look for notes of bright, red cherry fruit with a subtle bitter almond on the finish. Light tannins, balanced acidity. 12.7% alc

    $16.20
  • Luigi-Righetti-Campolieti-Valpolicella

    Luigi Righetti Campolieti Valpolicella 2018

    Medium ruby; intensely aromatic nose with strawberry, dried cherry, currants and hints of leather, autumn leaves and asian spice; dry, medium-bodied with classic ripasso flavours, a ripe, round palate and some wood tannins bringing complexity to the long and satisfying finish. 13.8% alc

    $21.95
  • Luigi-Righetti-Capitel-de-Roari-Amarone

    Luigi Righetti Capitel de Roari Amarone 2016

    All Amarone is the result of drying the grapes for 3 to 5 months prior to pressing. Capitel de Roari is Righetti’s premium amarone, coming from the best grape selection, and receiving delicate oak treatment.

    $41.20
  • Luigi-Righetti-Capitel-de-Roari-Amarone-375ml

    Luigi Righetti Capitel de Roari Amarone 375 mL 2016

    All Amarone is the result of drying the grapes for 3 to 5 months prior to pressing. Capitel de Roari is Righetti’s premium amarone, coming from the best grape selection, and receiving delicate oak treatment.

    $20.85
  • Luigi-Righetti-Pinot-Grigio

    Luigi Righetti Pinot Grigio 2020

    Pinot Grigio is one of the top, internationally renowned Italian grape varietals and has become one the most highly regarded Italian white wines. Unlike many Pinot Grigio, Righetti’s shows good mid-palate weight and fruit concentration. The nose has floral aromas with overtones of pistachios and just a hint of honey. The palate is soft and round with a long, clean citrus finish. Starting in 2017, Pinot Grigio from Veneto has the option of being labeled as DOC, and Luigi Righetti chose to do so as a means of guaranteeing quality. 11.9% alc

    $16.45
  • Luigi-Righetti-Recioto-della-Valpolicella-Classico

    Luigi Righetti Recioto della Valpolicella Classico 2018

    Sweet and rich of fruit flavors. Cherries on the nose mixed with spices and hints of licorice. Well rounded tannins that gives velvety structure.

    $29.95
  • Luigi Righetti Ripasso Selezione 2018

    This is Luigi Righetti’s premium Ripasso, which is a selection of the best Valpolicella which is then macerated for 14 days on the skins from the Amarone. The sugars in the Amarone skins trigger a second fermentation, boosting the alcohol a bit and contributing some some rich, dried fruit flavours to the finished wine. It is then aged in small oak barrels for smoothness and adding notes of vanilla and spice.

    $24.95
  • luigi-righetti-sognum-cabernet-sauvignon

    Luigi Righetti Sognum Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

    This wine is inspired by the appassimento process used to produce the famous Amarone della Valpolicella. Because of the unusual production methods (for Cabernet Sauvignon anyway) this wine is somewhat different than Cabernet from California or Chile. Appassimento (the drying of grapes for about 40 days prior to pressing) gives the wine a concentrated, uniquely Veronese signature. Following the pressing of the dried grapes, fermentation takes place in French oak barrels where the wine remains for 6 months and spends an additional 6 to 8 months in bottle before release.

    $22.95
  • Luigi-Righetti-Valpolicella-Classico

    Luigi Righetti Valpolicella Classico 2018

    Valpolicella is the quintessential pizza and pasta wine, grown in the Veneto region of Italy, just north of Verona. Aromatic wine with cherries and a hint of almond. Lighter-bodied and predominantly fruity, it shows unusually good fruit concentration for Valpolicella, with lovely cherry fruit flavours, violets and a hint of white pepper.

    $16.20
  • montepeloso-a-quo

    Montepeloso A Quo 2018

    The wines of Fabio Chiarelloto, owner and winemaker of Montepeloso, are some of the most highly praised wines from the Tuscan coastal zone of Maremma. The Etruscan coast is warmer than inland Chianti, which has led to greater varietal diversity.

    $36.95
  • nua-brut-vino-spumante

    Nua Brut – vino Spumante

    The Nua Brut is from one of Italy’s top Prosecco producers. Located in Milan, they have produced for us a special spumante to fit the price and style required. Although it is not 100% Glera (the Prosecco grape), we actually think it is a lot better as they have added Pinot Noir to our blend to give it more seriousness and some suggestive red fruit notes. This wine shows vibrant red apples, ripe citrus, honey and hazelnuts with a hint of toasty brioche. The bubbles are persistent and mouth filling and the wine finishes clean. A great bubbly at a fantastic price.

    $15.10
  • Schola Sarmenti Primitivo Critera 2019

    This wine is produced from 20 year old bush vines harvested by hand. Despite its youth, this wine really delivers on the palate, bursting with sumptuous dark cherry and blackberry fruit. Rich, round, juicy, and expressive with a silky edged finish. Drink now, but be sure to save a few bottles to see how it develops.

    $21.95
  • Sinopie-Chianti-Superiore-DOCG

    Sinopie Chianti Superiore DOCG 2018

    Sinopie refers to the guide lines that artists drew on the walls in preparation to paint large fresco’s. Our own guide lines for making Sinopie Chianti are the crispness of its fruit, the vibrancy of acidity and its genius for pairing with foods. Such is the Sangiovese in the style of Classic Chianti.

    $17.95
  • Tenuta-Ponte-alle-Ruote-Chianti-Colli-Senesi

    Tenuta Ponte alle Ruote Chianti Colli Senesi 2018

    In the shadow of the famous Towers of San Gimignano, Tuscan estate Le Rote makes a wonderfully charismatic Chianti Colli Senesi from 100% Sangiovese. It has rich, chewy dark fruit, ripe tannins, yet finishes very dry and clean. Remarkably, this wine was aged a full 1.5 years before release, a very rare and determined decision for a non-riserva Chianti — and the results show in the bottle. Smooth, black-cherry and sweet tobacco linger on a faint, pleasant finish that is touched off by just the right hint of oak. Lovely.

    $19.95
  • Terre-Gaie-Pinot-Grigio

    Terre Gaie Pinot Grigio 2020

    This is a light, dry and bright wine, refreshing, with fine delicate acacia flower, citrus and nutty aromas. The palate follows through with light citrus and hazelnut overtones. A perfect patio wine!

    $14.75
  • Terre-Gaie-Prosecco-DOC

    Terre Gaie Prosecco DOC

    A product of the delicate, fruity, indigenous varietal Glera (formerly called Prosecco). Prosecco sparkling wine is produced using the Charmat Method, whereby the bubbles formed through a secondary fermentation are captured in special tanks, prior to bottling.

    $18.90
  • Tunella-Pinot-Grigio

    Tunella Pinot Grigio 2020

    The wine has an intense straw yellow color, evolving to a richer yellow with aging. It has a fruity and fragrant nose evoking aromas of warm bread crust and intense perfume of acacia blossom and ripe tropical fruit. The palate echoes the nose and is elegant, medium-bodied with moderate acidity and delicate hints of yeast. A wine with a decisive character.

    $25.40
  • Tunella-Pinot-Nero

    Tunella Pinot Nero 2019

    Light ruby red colour. Distinctive bouquet with notes of raspberry and wild berries. Dry fairly light-bodied fruity palate with bright acidity, a subtle bitter note and a silky mouth feel.

    $25.95
  • Tunella RjGialla 2019

    Tunella RjGialla 2020

    Ribolla Gialla is a great vine native to Friuli, one of the jewels of this beautiful region, renowned for the production of premium wines, especially great whites. La Tunella is a winery based in Colli Orientali del Friuli and has always been very focused on indigenous grapes. This Ribolla Gialla “Rjgialla” is a good example of the quality of wine produced by La Tunella. It is a wine that proudly retains its roots in Friuli.

    $25.50
  • Tunella Sauvignon 2019

    Tunella Sauvignon 2020

    Sauvignon Blanc from the Colli Orientali in North East Italy, this has an intense bouquet with scents of sage and tomato leaf blend with delicate notes of melon and yellow pepper. Perfectly balanced, fresh, dry with long aromatic persistence.

    $25.40
  • Venica-&-Venica-Chardonnay-Bernizza

    Venica & Venica Chardonnay Bernizza 2019

    The wine has a bright and intense straw yellow colour. The nose is fresh, savory, deep and complex. On the palate it’s precise and gentle at the same time. The sip is lively and fresh, with a rich flavor and delicious floral and fruity notes. Consistent, structured and persistent, clean and balanced in acidity and intensity. An elegant minerality persists also in the finish.

    $39.95
  • Venica-&-Venica-Pinot-Grigio

    Venica & Venica Pinot Grigio 2020

    A pale copper colour with a rich aroma reminiscent of pear, banana, and acacia flowers wrapped in a slight scent of fresh apricot. The palate shows very good ripeness with flavours of pear syrup and quince. Good acidity, well balanced with a long fruity finish.

    $42.85

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