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With a viticultural history that spans three millennia and over 2000 grape varieties to choose from, it's no wonder that most of us are a little bamboozled by Italian wine!

But stray away from the well worn path of Prosecco, Pinot Grigio and Chianti and we promise you will be rewarded.

Here are a few suggestions, from North to South.

Erste & Neue Weissburgunder, Sudtirol

Located at the northernmost tip of the country, wines from Sudtirol are heavily influenced by their German neighbours. Erste & Neue (the name translates to 'first & new') produce a broad range of the aromatic grape varieties the region is known best for. We list their Weissburgunder, which is also known as Pinot Bianco, a relative of Italy's most famous white wine export, the ubiquitous Pinot Grigio. Aromatic, intensely fruity and stylish, this is a great combination of Italian style and German engineering!


Miolo Franciacorta, Lombardia

You'd have to have been living on another planet not to have noticed the meteoric rise of Prosecco's popularity in recent years. But have you heard of its classier cousin, Franciacorta?

Produced in Lombardia using the traditional Champagne method, Franciacorta is a real taste of la dolce vita! Our bottling from Miolo has all the finesse and elegance you'd expect from a fine Champagne, at the eminently reasonable price of £21.99.


Suri Barbera d'Asti, Piemonte

Famous the world over for its Barolo and truffles, Piemonte has a reputation for the finer (and costlier!) things in life. But delve a little deeper and there are some bargains to be had!

Suri's Barbera d'Asti is full and fruity, fresh and generous, and the perfect companion to a pizza!


Conti di San Bonifacio Docet, Tuscany

Tuscany's red wine scene has historically been dominated by the mighty Sangiovese. But that changed in the 1980s when enterprising producers brought cuttings from Bordeaux, planted them in Maremma and in doing so, created the Super Tuscan. Conti di San Bonifacio's Docet is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. It is rich, structured, opulent and ageworthy - all that a truly fine wine should be, and a demonstration of just how great Italian winemaking can be.


Vigne Verginianae Falanghina, Campania

With a name meaning 'countryside', Campania is home to some of Italy's most underrated and least well known wines, making it a veritable paradise for the vinous adventurer! Falanghina is a white grape variety that produces wines that exude citrus fruit and a lovely herbal edge to them. This bottle from Vigne Verginianae is wonderfully well made, and would be the perfect partner to a simple pasta with pesto. Sometimes the simple pleasures are truly the best!


Sensale Nero d'Avola, Sicily

We conclude our whistle-stop tour of Italy on the Island of Sicily with Sensale's Nero d'Avola.The 'black grape of Avola' is the island's most important red vine variety, and produces full, fruity wines that are not dissimilar to Malbec. Sensale (meaning 'sensation'!) make this bottle, which makes for a truly satisfying glass of wine.And at only £8.99, there's no reason not to!