Fine Wines of Italy
Fine Wines of Italy
Fine Wines of Italy


Italy is unparalleled in the opportunity it offers to buy a wide variety of fine wines that overdeliver across a range of prices and styles rarely seen from one country; wines that are characterful young but often capable of ageing wonderfully, and that won't break the bank.

Here I wanted to highlight a number of regions and winemakers that have excited me this year. From the new releases from three of Chianti Classico's top names to a more exploratory look at the fine wines of Sicily, there is, I believe, a wine (or more!) for everyone here.

Latest news: Chianti Classico Riserva Vigneto Rancia, Felsina Berardenga 2017 has been awarded a coveted Gold medal at the 2020 International Wine Challenge.
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Mixed cases

Make short work of stocking up on your favourites or try something new with a choice of four pre-mixed cases with UK delivery included.

Fine Whites and Great Value Southern reds

You will have seen some white wines within this offer, but there is no doubt that Italy's fine wine reputation is red dominant. Historically this might have been a fair assessment, but there are some classic and new challengers to this image, as these four demonstrate. I've also squeezed in a trio of tempting wines from Italy's warmhearted south that offer superb quality for their money and which have proven great hits in my tastings this year. Do try them.

Stunning Sicily

Last September I drove around Sicily – it was a bumpy ride in terms of terrain, but certainly not so in what I tasted! The sheer diversity of the wines I discovered stayed with me, and this selection includes some unusual discoveries and new additions from rightly on-trend Etna.

Chianti Classico: Fontondi, Brolio and Felsina

If you haven't stocked up on the joys of Chianti Classico's recent vintages yet, this selection from three of its best producers provides a golden opportunity. Styles and prices vary, but all are highly capable of providing delicious youthful enjoyment or great long-term potential. Try your way around the range, or snap up a mixed case of all three producers' Classico wines.

Hofstätter: Heavenly wines from Alto Adige

We have been following the wines from Hofstätter for a number of years and their line-up is fast becoming one of my favourite tastings each year. These wines are made with such a delicate hand, allowing the dramatic mountainside terroir to shine through in the freshness of their aromas, not to mention the touch of alpine garrigue that seems to penetrate these stunning wines to varying degrees.

Two Shining Stars of Piedmont: Poderi Colla and Vajra

These two family producers are well known for their Barolo wines and deservedly so. Here, though, I wanted to shine a light on a few of their less well-known wines, which epitomise the precision, complexity and elegance that is expected from wines from these northerly hills.

An Amarone Trio

Here are three of my favourite examples of one of Italy's best-loved fine wines, all youthful, fruit-forward and delicious. Amarone's distinctive style comes from the grapes being laid out to 'raisin' until 1st December, when they are fermented before being aged for a minimum of two years. This 'raisining' leads to rich, fuller-bodied red wines that expertly balance their intense concentration and high alcohol with acidity, tannins and residual sugar. All would be perfect on colder evenings with hard cheeses and hearty stews!

Sarah Knowles MW

Sarah Knowles MW

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This offer is open until Tuesday 22nd December 2020 while stocks last.

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