More than just floral, frothy fun, this is single-vineyard Prosecco. That means fresh apple and pear flavours, and aromas of rose and almond. A gorgeous aperitif but also lovely with lighter starters or fish.
Rich, complex and full-bodied, this is one of the classics, in classic style. Fresh raspberries meld with currants, while the scent of roses fills your glass. Big, bold, yet beautifully smooth, this is one for game and meats.
Anyone who enjoys Pinot Grigio will love the fuller, rounded and complex style of this gorgeous Gavi. There’s crisp apple and smooth spiciness. Lovely with creamy pasta, or grilled fish.
A “must try” for lovers of Brunello and great Italian reds, Andrea Costanti has worked tirelessly to make this one of the greatest Brunellos. Rich morello cherry, a clearly-defined spine from high-altitude sub-plots, spices and lingering, seamlessly integrated oak that leaves a hint of aniseed and liquorice. Utterly delicious.
A wine that defies tasting notes – it’s an “amber” or orange wine, so you have the detailed structure of a red, with complex, surprising, fascinating aromas that you don’t expect constantly popping on your palate’s timeline. Beguiling. At times bizzare. Whatever you do, dont’ drink this wine without looking up winemaker Gabrio Bini and his remarkable vineyards on Pantelleria.
Vermentino is a brilliant grape to have in your wine-back-pocket. It’s like a warm-climate Sauvignon with racy, citrus fruit through to more complex, mineral textures and flavours like here. It’s also just more interesting than so much Sauvignon. This is a corker, made by the super-smart Antinori family, with herbal complexity and richness making it ideal for interesting pasta dishes and salads.
Casanuova di Nittardi Chianti Classico is a pure Sangiovese from the single vineyard ‘Vigna Doghessa’ in the municipality of Castellina in Chianti. The vineyard lies on a south-facing hill at 450 meters above sea level and has a soil full of schist stones, which engenders the wine with a fine minerality and pleasant freshness.
Since 1981, Nittardi has paid annual tribute to Michelangelo by having an internationally recognised artists including Hundertwasser, Horst Janssen, Dario Fo, Giuliano Ghelli, Mimmo Paladino, Yoko Ono, Günter Grass, Karl Otto Götz, Alain Clément and Hsiao Chin create the label and wrapping paper.
This wine is vibrant ruby red, intensely redolent of cherries, violet and hints of aromatic herbs and spices. It is well-rounded and has a long-lasting finish on the palate.
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is one Italy’s classic red wines, and has helped Tuscany retain its privileged place on the world wine map. It comes from the vineyards which surround Montepulciano, a picturesque hill town 25 miles southeast of Siena, southeastern Tuscany.
Dora Forsoni’s captivating personality shines through in her wine. It’s named after the soil that was stained by blood after an ancient battle. Today she does everything to let the character of that soil shine through the summer fruit and cool, fresh lift in this traditional, elegant wine.
Feudi di San Gregorio is one of the leading estates in Campania (the region of Naples) in the South of Italy. Wine makers here are renowned for their Greco di Tufo, Fiano di Avellino and of course Falanghina. The winery is only 30 years old but it is no doubt producing some of the most exciting wines in South of Italy.
Such a great little wine… wonderful fruitiness and roundness. It’s just a wine you want to go back to on a warm summer afternoon whether with some food or as an aperitif. It is a perfect example to show you how Southern Italian wines can also be of great quality.
The Foradori family have been linked with some of the most authentic wine production found in Trentino for more than two decades. The family own 80 hectares in an area north of Trento, known as Campo Rotaliano. The gravel soils of this flat valley bottom were formed by the Noce River, which has left deep limestone and granite deposits over the centuries. The Campo is cooled by winds from the surrounding mountains, creating a microclimate for a long ripening season and a late harvest.
This is a firm yet silky red wine, with ripe and delicious dried plum, berry and spice aromas and flavours.
La Guardiense is a co-operative near Benevento in Campania. In 2006, they revolutionised their winemaking and cellarage with the arrival of celebrated oenologist Riccardo Cottarella and are now producing some of the best white wines in the region. They are clearly one to watch in the next few years!
Guardiene’s Greco is a stunning example of why Southern Italy is slowly making a name for itself among the world’s great whites. It’s everything you want from a Mediterranean white: wonderful expressive aromas with floral and white fruit notes. On the palate, good roundness but also brilliant freshness.. How could you say no to a glass of this on a hot summer day?
The Pieropan family has been producing wines in Soave since the 1860s. Indeed, they were the first to bottle a wine with the name Soave on the label, in the early 1930s.
The Soave Blend is arguably one of Italy’s most famous white wines. This crisp and fruity white wine, made mostly in the Venetian hills near Verona, is now enjoyed around the world, offering a simple and refreshing wine experience.
Calvarino takes its name, ‘little Calvary’, from the steepness of the slope and the difficulty this presents in working the vineyard. It has the basalt soil that is classic in this part of Soave and is planted with Garganega and Trebbiano di Soave. The Garganega gives structure and acidity to the wines, the Trebbiano di Soave perfume and richness of flavour. There are usually at least two harvests to ensure the grapes are picked at the best possible stage of ripeness. The vineyards are farmed organically. The vines are between 30 and 60 years old and are planted 200 to 300m above sea level, at a density of 3000 vines per hectare.
A pale straw yellow and restrained wine that surprises you with its almond blossom scents, and persistent fruit. The palate is dry, well balance and elegant, with tremendous length and finesse.
The wine is made entirely from Magliocco; an ancient red grape variety grown exclusively in the southern Italian region of Calabria. It is often confused with Gaglioppo – Calabria’s principal red grape – with which it has a great deal in common. The two varieties look similar in the vineyard and both produce high-alcohol wines with soft, red-fruit flavours. Magliocco’s grapes, however, have been lightly dried to give a concentrated, rich, luscious red wine that has wonderfully velvety tannins and a beautiful intensity.
Orto is part of a small (but growing) movement to bring winemaking back to the Venetian archipelago. It’s a blend of Vermentino, Fiano and Malvasia grown on the island of Sant’Erasmo and the producers are experimenting with ageing bottles under the lagoon to create complexity without nuttiness. Fresh, aromatic and slightly savoury, it’s perfect with shellfish dishes.
Let’s be clear, this is a wine that shouldn’t exist. Pinot Noir doesn’t grow easily anywhere. But especially not somewhere like balmy Orvieto/Lazio. How do we get this ripe, elegant red with red and forest fruits? By being high up and on freshness-inducing volcanic soil. This is so good with duck (we had this whilst filming) and beef, but also works with Pork and ratatouille.
For years this interesting, slightly nutty grape has been hidden in the traditional Orvieto blend. But now people want to let it sing on its own. It’s taken some work as this is a full-flavoured variety and with a slightly bitter twist at the end, but that actually makes it a perfect food-matching variety. Keep the food simple, but go with roast chicken or firm-fleshed fish.
You won’t find Nosiola anywhere other than in this corner of North Eastern Italy, where it thrives in small pockets, perfectly suited to the climate and making zippy, fresh wines. Elisabetta Foradori also brings out the grape’s fragrance, so you don’t want to serve it with anything that masks the wine’s gentle aromas. Simple fish dishes or chicken, perhaps served with a light salad.
Teroldego and Elisabetta Foradori are entwined like the vines on their wires. Since her father’s early death in 1985 she’s been the champion of this fruity, lively variety. The light tannins make it perfect slightly chilled, and Elisabetta enhances that texture with Amphora ageing. A light lamb and pomegranate salad or pasta dishes go perfectly.
Take one part gin, one part Antica vermouth, and one part Campari and garnis with orange peel. The Negroni lends itself to tweaks and variations, especially with the vermouth at the heart of the cocktail. More or less ‘amaro’ or bitter, the choice is ours. The drink gets its name from Count Camillo Negroni who asked his bartender, Fosco Scarselli, to strengthen his favourite cocktail, the Americano, by adding gin rather than the normal soda water.
Take three parts Prosecco, one part Aperol and a dash of soda water and you have Italy’s most popular aperitif drink. It’s more than just an orangey mixer, as the characteristically Italian bitter orange and orange peel notes give the drink a real lift.