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Italian Red Wines

Vineyards are found in every area of Italy. Indeed, there are as many as 403 official wine regions in the country including Tuscany, Piedmont, Veneto and Sicily. Hundreds of grape varieties are grown and the diverse wines are attracting more attention than ever due to a dramatic increase in quality during the latter half of the 20th century.

You could spend a lifetime and more drinking your way around Italy and we would require a lengthy book to explain all of your amazing choices. Here, we can only highlight the principle regions and grape varieties to help you to find the delicious Italian wine which pleases your palate, suits your menu and befits your occasion.

Tuscany

Possibly the most famous and adored region of the country, Tuscany boasts the hills of Chianti where Sangiovese grapes deliver earthy red wines which have been enjoyed since the Renaissance. Montalcino is the home of Brunello, a complex and full-bodied red wine which boasts notes of red fruit, tobacco and cedar.

In the 1970s, rebellious wine makers began blending international grape varieties with Italy's indigenous grapes. The resulting "Super Tuscan" wines initiated something of a revolution. A new designation was created -Indicazione Geografica Tipica. This now encompasses over 100 wines. Browse our range of Tuscan red wines.

Piedmont

A number of impressive red wines are produced in Piedmont which is situated in northwest Italy. Barolo is from the village of the same name and compares favourable to Tuscany's Brunello. Made from Nebbiolo grapes, this wine is renowned for its light colour, high tannin and notes of sour cherry, rose petals and tar. Other popular wines from the region include Dolcetto with its silky-smooth texture and fruity flavour and Barbara, which is comparable to Cabernet Sauvignon. Browse our range of Piedmont red wines.

Veneto

Perhaps better known for its white wines including Pino Grigio, the Veneto region also boasts impressive red wines. Valpolicella Classico, Valpolicella Ripasso, and Amarone della Valpolicella are all made from a blend of indigenous grapes. Amarone is notable for being produced from from grapes which are dried first to deliver a richer wine. If you enjoy New World wines, you will appreciate the fruity, medium-rich Valpolicella reds. Browse our range of Veneto red wines.

Sicily

The diverse microclimates of Sicily facilitate the cultivation of several native grape varieties. Cappuccio grapes are grown on the fertile slopes of Etna and produce bold, dark wines. Nerello Mascalese grapes deliver pinot noir-like reds. Cerasuolo di Vittoria is a DOCG wine (designated of superior quality) which is crafted from a blend of native Nero D'Avola and Frappato grapes. This full-bodied wine features distinctive notes of cherries and berry fruits. Browse our range of Sicilian red wines.

Italian native grape varieties

Your exploration of Italian wine will be a diverse and fascinating adventure. If we highlighted every grape, you would spend all of your time reading and none of it drinking! Here are the principle varieties that you will encounter:

Barbera

A robust grape, high in acidity and notable for its tannins, Barbera is the grape which distinguishes many of the fine wines produced in Piedmont. With its bright fruity notes and woody aroma, Barbera creates wines which are the perfect partners for richer Italian dishes. Choose Barbera d'Asti to experience a classic wine of the region or Barbera d'Alba for a richer, velvety feel.

Nebbiolo

The king of Italian red grapes, Nebbiolo is named for the fog which cloaks northern slopes in late Autumn. References to this grape date back centuries and it produces complex and dynamic wines which benefit from aging. You will enjoy the fruity flavours and spicy aromas here. For powerful, full-bodied wines choose Barolo. For elegance choose Barbaresco.

Sagrantino

Grown in Umbria for centuries, Sagratino is thick-skinned grape which was originally dried and then used to make sweet wines. Dry wines came to the fore in the 20th century and continue to impress. You will appreciate the cherry and blackberry notes together with the smoky spices of Montefalco Sagrantino while Motefalco Rosso is an equally delicious but more subtle choice.

Aglianico

Once thought to be of Greek Origin, Aglianico is grown in Campania and Basilicata. It is now believed to have originated in Italy and could have been cultivated as early as Roman times. The complex wines age well and feature dark fruity flavours with savoury highlights and noticeable acidity.

Nero d'Avola

The second most common grape in Sicily, Nero d'Avola produces medium acidity, sweet tannins and plum or peppery flavours. In the 20th century, the grape featured principally in blends but the 21st century saw the arrival of complex varietal wines which have garnered huge popularity.

Sangiovese

Grown throughout central Italy including Romagna, Lazio and Tuscany, the Sangiovese grape is thought to have been cultivated since Roman times. Its name rather brilliantly means blood of Jupiter. It is the principle grape of the blends Chianti, Carmignano, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Morellino di Scansano. Varietal wines include Sangiovese di Romagna. Notable for high acidity and moderate to high tannin content, Sangiovese grapes offer cherry, tea and violet flavours.

A Mano, Imprint Primitivo Appassito, 2019 (Case) A Mano, Imprint Primitivo Appassito, 2019 (Case)
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This wine is deep red in colour. On the nose, there are intense aromas of ripe dark fruit, crushed raspberries, plums and Mediterranean spices. On the palate, it is full-bodied with a great concentration of ripe, rounded fruit.
A Mano, Imprint Susumaniello, 2019 (Case) A Mano, Imprint Susumaniello, 2019 (Case)
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Deep inky purple-black in colour, this wine has intense aromas of blackberries, blueberries and chocolate, supported by floral notes of violets, blossom and hints of Mediterranean herbs. This is a full-bodied and well-structured wine with powerful yet fine tannins. A fantastic freshness carries through the seamless finish.
A Mano, Negroamaro, 2018 (Case) A Mano, Negroamaro, 2018 (Case)
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This wine is deep ruby red in colour. The nose opens with crushed black berries and spices followed by a light floral note. Full and rich, this wine is also sleek and elegant, with lingering spice on the palate.
A Mano, Negroamaro, 2019 (Case) A Mano, Negroamaro, 2019 (Case)
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This wine is deep ruby red in colour. The nose opens with crushed black berries and spices followed by a light floral note. Full and rich, this wine is also sleek and elegant, with lingering spice on the palate.
A Mano, Prima Mano Primitivo, 2016 (Case) A Mano, Prima Mano Primitivo, 2016 (Case)
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A deep purple wine with a rich, full bouquet showing black cherries, violet and mocha notes. Full of juicy blackberry, cherry and plum fruit, with dark mineral and peppery spice on the palate. Impressively concentrated and lush without being heavy or sweet. This wine has a freshness and an acidity that is instantly inviting, leading to a persistent aftertaste with balance and structure.
A Mano, Primitivo di Puglia, 2019 (Case) A Mano, Primitivo di Puglia, 2019 (Case)
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This wine is deep red in colour. On the nose, there are intense aromas of ripe dark fruit, especially raspberries and cherries, with spicy notes of cocoa, lavender and liquorice. On the palate, it is youthful and full-bodied, with a great concentration of ripe, rounded fruit and full tannins. It is a very elegant, fresh and complex Primitivo.
Accordini, Amarone Classico Acinatico DOC, 2017 (Case) Accordini, Amarone Classico Acinatico DOC, 2017 (Case)
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Rich, complex Amarone, many-layered yet instantly likeable, with long-lasting notes of dried fruit, tobacco and hints of vanilla.
Accordini, Valpolicella Classico DOC, 2019 (Case) Accordini, Valpolicella Classico DOC, 2019 (Case)
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Fragrant, appealing Valpolicella, wafting red berries and rose petals into the nose and red cherries and more roses into the mouth.
Accordini, Valpolicella Classico Ripasso Acinatico DOC, 2018 (Case) Accordini, Valpolicella Classico Ripasso Acinatico DOC, 2018 (Case)
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Ripasso is the fuller, richer style of Valpolicella: spice and vanilla on top of the familiar bowlful of red cherries.
Allegrini, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2015 150cl (Case) Allegrini, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2015 150cl (Case)
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A classic of the appellation with both tradition and a sense of place. With intense aromas of ripe, dark fruit and spice, it has an imposing structure and depth, superb balance with refined tannins and a long, spiced finish.
Allegrini, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2016 (Case) Allegrini, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2016 (Case)
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A classic of the appellation with both tradition and a sense of place. With intense aromas of ripe, dark fruit and spice, it has an imposing structure and depth, superb balance with refined tannins and a long, spiced finish.
Allegrini, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2016 150cl (Case) Allegrini, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2016 150cl (Case)
Per Bottle: £133.17
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A classic of the appellation with both tradition and a sense of place. With intense aromas of ripe, dark fruit and spice, it has an imposing structure and depth, superb balance with refined tannins and a long, spiced finish.
Allegrini, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2017 (Case) Allegrini, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2017 (Case)
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This is a classic of the appellation and embraces tradition and a sense of place. The wine has an imposing structure and depth, in its aromas of mature fruit and spices and on the palate, where alcohol is sustained by balanced acidity and refined tannins.
Allegrini, Fieramonte Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva, 2012 (Case Allegrini, Fieramonte Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva, 2012 (Case
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The wine has a beautifully bright and intense ruby colour. The nose is reminiscent of the cherries that ripen on the highest hills in the Valpolicella region in July. The typical local aromas are accompanied by a deep note of black pepper and cloves. The palate is full, fresh and balanced with a subtle mineral note on the finish.
Allegrini, La Grola IGT, 2016 (Case) Allegrini, La Grola IGT, 2016 (Case)
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La Grola is a full bodied, intense and elegant wine. Dark, ruby red in colour, it has aromas of wild berries, juniper, tobacco and coffee essence. The high plant density and resulting low yields give this wine its unique concentration.
Allegrini, La Grola IGT, 2017 (Case) Allegrini, La Grola IGT, 2017 (Case)
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La Grola is a full bodied, intense and elegant wine. Dark, ruby red in colour, it has aromas of wild berries, juniper, tobacco and coffee essence. The high plant density and resulting low yields give this wine its unique concentration.
Allegrini, La Grola IGT, 2017 150cl (Case) Allegrini, La Grola IGT, 2017 150cl (Case)
Per Bottle: £49.17
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A full bodied, intense and elegant wine. Dark ruby red in colour, it has a wide, embracing bouquet with notes of wild berries, juniper, tobacco and coffee essence. The high plant density and resulting low yields give this wine its unique concentration. Suitable for ageing up to 10-12 years.
Allegrini, La Poja, 2012 150cl (Case) Allegrini, La Poja, 2012 150cl (Case)
Per Bottle: £155.67
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Ruby red colour, with intense aromas of blackberries and spice. It is rich and full-bodied on the palate, with an opulent structure. Well balanced, rounded and complex with cherry and blackberry fruit flavours interwoven with herbal notes and spice and a luscious, lingering, mineral finish
Allegrini, La Poja, 2013 150cl (Case) Allegrini, La Poja, 2013 150cl (Case)
Per Bottle: £158.67
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Ruby red colour, with intense aromas of blackberries and spice. It is rich and full-bodied on the palate, with an opulent structure. Well balanced, rounded and complex with cherry and blackberry fruit flavours interwoven with herbal notes and spice and a luscious, lingering, mineral finish
Allegrini, La Poja, 2015 (Case) Allegrini, La Poja, 2015 (Case)
Per Bottle: £71.67
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Ruby red colour, with intense aromas of blackberries and spice. It is rich and full-bodied on the palate, with an opulent structure. Well balanced, rounded and complex with cherry and blackberry fruit flavours interwoven with herbal notes and spice and a luscious, lingering, mineral finish
Allegrini, Palazzo della Torre, 2017 150cl (Case) Allegrini, Palazzo della Torre, 2017 150cl (Case)
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Ruby red in colour, Palazzo della Torre has enticing aromas of cherry with rich dark chocolate notes. Velvety in texture, it is well-balanced and offers ripe, juicy dark fruit, with silky tannins and refreshing acidity.
Allegrini, Palazzo della Torre, 2018 (Case) Allegrini, Palazzo della Torre, 2018 (Case)
Per Bottle: £19.67
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Ruby red in colour, Palazzo della Torre has enticing aromas of cherry with rich dark chocolate notes. Velvety in texture, it is well-balanced and offers ripe, juicy dark fruit, with silky tannins and refreshing acidity. This wine has the potential to age for at least ten years
Allegrini, Valpolicella, 2019 (Case) Allegrini, Valpolicella, 2019 (Case)
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This wine is ruby red in colour, with youthful highlights. Fragrant fruit with prominent notes of dark cherries are echoed by fresher hints of pepper and aromatic herbs, typical of Corvina and its genetic cousin Corvinone, the historic varieties of this appellation. This Valpolicella is impressively lively and playful on the palate, whilst exhibiting delicacy and finesse at the same time.
Allegrini, Valpolicella, 2020 37.5cl (Case) Allegrini, Valpolicella, 2020 37.5cl (Case)
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Ruby red in colour, with purplish-blue highlights. Fragrant fruit with prominent notes of dark cherries are echoed by fresher hints of pepper and aromatic herbs, typical of Corvina and its genetic cousin Corvinone, the historic varietals of this appellation. Whilst young, the Valpolicella is impressively lively and playful on the palate and will express greater delicacy and finesse with two or mor…

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