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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, 2017 (Case) A Mano, Imprint Primitivo Appassito, 2017 (Case)
£97.00
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A deeply coloured wine with exuberant perfumes of ripe red and black berry fruits, with notes of spice from the oak ageing. Made in the style of an Amarone, it is concentrated and opulent on the palate, with great balance. It is elegant, velvety and supple, with a long finish.
A Mano, Imprint Susumaniello, 2017 (Case) A Mano, Imprint Susumaniello, 2017 (Case)
£97.00
£76.00
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Deep, inky purple-black in the glass. Intense aromas of blackberry and chocolate are supported by blueberry perfumes, violets, blossom, cr�me de cassis and Mediterranean herbs. The wine is full bodied, with powerful yet fine tannins and great texture. A fantastic freshness carries through the seamless finish.
A Mano, Negroamaro, 2017 (Case) A Mano, Negroamaro, 2017 (Case)
£71.00
£56.00
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Aromas begin with crushed berries, black cherries and spices followed by aLight floral note. The exuberant palate is full and rich and finishes long.
A Mano, Prima Mano Primitivo, 2015 (Case) A Mano, Prima Mano Primitivo, 2015 (Case)
£153.00
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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, Prima Mano Primitivo, 2016 (Case) A Mano, Prima Mano Primitivo, 2016 (Case)
£155.00
£121.00
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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, 2017 (Case) A Mano, Primitivo di Puglia, 2017 (Case)
£71.00
£56.00
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A deep ruby/purple colour in addition to sweet aromas of berry fruit, pepper, wood & scorched earth. Medium-bodied with loads of fruit & a progressive, modern style.
Accordini, Amarone Classico Acinatico DOC, 2016 (Case) Accordini, Amarone Classico Acinatico DOC, 2016 (Case)
£220.00
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Deep garnet in the glass with an intense black cherry and vanilla bouquet. On the palate it is full bodied, rich and creamy with smooth tannins. At 16% alcohol, it should really be a monster; in reality it is fantastically balanced with a minerality which keeps it fresh and dangerously moreish.
Accordini, Valpolicella Classico DOC, 2018 (Case) Accordini, Valpolicella Classico DOC, 2018 (Case)
£70.00
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Ruby red in the glass with a bouquet of red berries, roses and minerality. Elegant and well-balanced on the palate, it is fruity and fresh, with light tannins and good length.
Accordini, Valpolicella Classico Ripasso Acinatico DOC, 2017 (Case) Accordini, Valpolicella Classico Ripasso Acinatico DOC, 2017 (Case)
£103.00
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Intense ruby red with a bouquet of red cherries, spice and vanilla. Full bodied on the palate, warming, fruit-forward with juicy cherries and a floral twist.
Allegrini, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2015 (Case) Allegrini, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2015 (Case)
£338.00
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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, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2015 150cl (Case) Allegrini, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2015 150cl (Case)
£755.00
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The Allegrini family estate covers 100 hectares of vineyard in the heart of the Valpolicella Classico area. The family has been growing grapes here for six generations, but the estate in its current form was founded by Giovanni Allegrini. When he passed away in 1983, it passed to his three children, who ran it together until Walter's death in July 2003. Franco now looks after the vineyards and is…
Allegrini, Fieramonte Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva, 2012 (Case Allegrini, Fieramonte Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva, 2012 (Case
£285.00
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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. Aromas of local 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, 2015 150cl (Case) Allegrini, La Grola IGT, 2015 150cl (Case)
£309.00
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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 Grola IGT, 2016 (Case) Allegrini, La Grola IGT, 2016 (Case)
£171.00
£134.00
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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)
£882.00
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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 (Case) Allegrini, La Poja, 2013 (Case)
£430.00
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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, 2015 150cl (Case) Allegrini, Palazzo della Torre, 2015 150cl (Case)
£344.00
£270.00
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Deep ruby red in colour, with perfumes of cherry and black forest gateau. This wine has good body and an ageing potential of at least ten years. It has a smooth and velvety character, with mature, pulpy fruit character and delicious raisin flavours.
Allegrini, Palazzo della Torre, 2016 (Case) Allegrini, Palazzo della Torre, 2016 (Case)
£137.00
£108.00
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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, 2018 (Case) Allegrini, Valpolicella, 2018 (Case)
£92.00
£72.00
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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…
Allegrini, Valpolicella, 2018 37.5cl (Case) Allegrini, Valpolicella, 2018 37.5cl (Case)
£126.00
£99.00
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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…
Alois Lageder, Pinot Noir, 2017 (Case) Alois Lageder, Pinot Noir, 2017 (Case)
£108.00
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A medium-bodied red wine, with aromas and flavours of red cherries and warm spices. The finish is fresh and fruity.
Alpha Zeta, A Amarone, 2014 37.5cl (Case) Alpha Zeta, A Amarone, 2014 37.5cl (Case)
£212.00
£166.00
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Deep and intense on the nose with perfumes of dried cherries and blueberries, with notes of spiced autumn fruit compote. On the palate it is powerful but modern, with a lovely balance of ripe tannins and spiced, concentrated savoury cherry fruit character. A touch of woodsmoke completes the long finish.
Alpha Zeta, A Amarone, 2016 (Case) Alpha Zeta, A Amarone, 2016 (Case)
£187.00
£146.00
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Deep and intense on the nose with perfumes of dried cherries and blueberries, with notes of spiced autumn fruit compote. On the palate it is powerful but modern, with a lovely balance of ripe tannins and spiced, concentrated savoury cherry fruit character. A touch of woodsmoke completes the long finish.
Alpha Zeta, C Corvina, 2018 (Case) Alpha Zeta, C Corvina, 2018 (Case)
£108.00
£85.00
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This is a youthful bright ruby wine with fresh, vibrant aromas of ripe cherries and red berries. The palate is balanced and juicy with a supple structure, with plum and cinnamon flavours and a lively finish.

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