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Autumn in the heel of Italy

Italy's south still has the capacity to surprise, excite and charm even the most widely travelled and experienced wine buyer.

Last autumn I accompanied Sebastian Payne MW, Society buyer for Italy, on a whistle-stop tour of the southern wine regions of the country. The purpose of the trip was mainly to see existing suppliers from Campania, Puglia, Basilicata and Calabria, but also to prospect for new wines.

Tim Sykes

Tim Sykes
Head Buyer

  • date November 2016
  • location Italy
  • people Tim Sykes

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Autumn in the heel of Italy

Southern Italy 2016

Autumn in the heel of Italy

Tim Sykes accompanies Italian buyer Sebastian Payne MW on a whistle-stop tour of Campania, Puglia, Basilicata and Calabria, visiting existing suppliers and prospecting for new ones. Surprising highlights include sadly neglected Calabria and singing nuns!

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