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Italy vies with France for the title of the largest wine producing country, but no other country can equal "il bei paese" for diversity and individuality. It’s a great topic for discussion, the three largest European wine producers, France, Spain and Italy-----who is the largest who is the best? Its not an easy debate, since often the discussion is about grape varieties and styles of individual regions within the one country itself, let alone comparing with another country. We in the UK may compare one country against another, but for example, within Italy the competitive debate would be between Italian regions themselves probably 95% of the time.

Italy has a wonderful richness of viniculture stretching back thousands of years and today its not just about Barolo and Brunello its about all the different grape varieties and styles from very North to extreme South and then West to East. Most Countries wine regions are separated by some distances----Italy is one big continuous vineyard and the wine choices are mind boggling.

Italy with all its famous wine regions is a wine enthusiasts dreamland and at Alexander Hadleigh Wine Merchants, Southampton, Hampshire, UK we try our very best to encompass much of what this wonderful wine country has to offer as follows:

Piedmont is synonymous with the Barolo and Barbaresco wines which develop via the combination of soil, geology and climate in the beautiful Langhe and Monferrato hills and we should not forget Nebbiolo d'Alba or Asti Spumante. Yes, a region entirely of appellation wines and well represented on our list.

Veneto is one big vineyard from the shores of Lake Garda the edge of Treviso. Four of the Veneto fifteen sub regions are are numbered among the top ten in Italy and are, Valpolicella, Soave, Prosecco di'Conegliano and Bardolino. It is often that Veneto wines are better known outside of Italy than within, this assumption is well supported by the fact that over 70% of wine production is exported to all corners of our planet.

Friuli-Venezia Giulia is a wine region on the far east of Italy bordering Slovenia and is probably the least known of all Italian wine regions in the UK. Merlot accounts for over 50% of the grapes and wine produced in this region and it also some of the lesser known varieties such as Refosco del Peduncolo Rosso and the more rare Picolit.

Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino have the champions Tuscany it seems for ever, the region may be the realm of these two famous wines, but there is much else to discover. If Chianti and Brunello wines are kings of Tuscany then Sangiovese and Trebbiano are the great Tuscan Couple.

The viticulture of the Italian Marches, once a region known only for its white wines, including the illustrious Verdicchio, can now today be well contented of its red wines. Careful selection and one will always be rewarded with some really great wines.

Abruzzo a wine region of little reputation for most of its life has come to life in recent times with thanks to the passionate reception accorded to its Montepulciano. Montepulciano accounts for over 50% of the wine produced each in the small region of Abruzzo.

The vineyards of Puglia (Apulia) are best known for their full bodied reds and the region's vineyards are among the largest in Europe in terms of surface area. Over recent years wines from this region have increased in popularity mainly through the many tourists from the UK visiting the lovely beaches around the Puglia region.

Sicily is now an important producer of wines for the UK market and vineyards like the Island itself, can be divided into three large wine growing areas: the western part in the provence of Trapani, famous for the celebrated wines of Marsala; the northeastern area around Mount Etna and the southern area in the province of Ragusa.

Sardinia an Island of excellent quality whos reputation in the UK is catching up with that of Sicily. A pristine natural World and ancient traditions of winemaking are one of the many strong points of Sardinian viticulture with its most prominent flag bearer being Vermentino DOCG. .

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Ponte del Diavolo Pinot Grigio, 2016


Ponte del Diavolo Pinot Grigio is light, bright lemon in colour with a lively, freshly cut pear and baked bread character on the nose. Aromatic, with good structure and body, it has lovely elegance on the palate with the ripe pears, a touch of sherbet and a nutty note offset by the well balanced acidity and freshness.

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750ml £8.46

Farnese Fantini Sangiovese IGT Terre di Chieti, 2016


Farnese Fantini Sangiovese IGT Terre di Chieti is garnet red in colour and quite intense on the nose with vibrant red fruit, cherries and herbal characters. On the palate, it has bright fruity notes of strawberry and morello cherry, with subtle vanilla flavours from oak ageing. The wine is well balanced and medium-bodied with structured firm tannins, fresh acidity and a long finish.

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750ml £8.56

Ponte del Diavolo Refosco, 2015


Ponte del Diavolo Refosco is a youthful ruby red with good depth of colour and violet lights. It has a spicy, brambley perfume on the nose, giving way to rounded ripe fruit on the palate. The tannins provide the wine with a well rounded and long lingering finish.

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750ml £8.63

Corte Giara Pinot Grigio delle Venezie, 2017


Corte Giara Pinot Grigio delle Venezie is a light, delicate aroma with subtle, elegant floral notes. Dry, racy palate, shows good depth.

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750ml £8.69

Cantine Belisario Verdicchio di Matelica "Terre di Valbona", 2015


Cantine Belisario Verdicchio di Matelica \"Terre di Valbona\", Marche has a pale lemon colour with a lovely aromatic and fresh bouquet of acacia and hints of honey. Full-bodied, showing great balance between its crisp green apple character and the richer honey and lemon flavours. The finish is dry and vibrant.

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750ml £8.78

Frascati Superiore Secco, Gran Picco, 2009

Light and flavoursome dry white


Frascati Superiore Secco, Gran Picco is a most popular wine, light in body and pale gold in colour, crisp on the palate with a fine bouquet and delicate aroma with a pleasant aftertaste,

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750ml £8.79

Borgo Selene Nero d'Avola, Nerello Mascalese, 2017


Borgo Selene Nero d\'Avola, Nerello Mascalese, Sicily is ruby red in colour with notes of red berries on the nose. Round and smooth on the palate with soft tannins, the wine has lovely spiced cherry flavours that linger a long time on the finish.

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750ml £8.80

Ponte Pietra Pinot Grigio Rosada, 2017


Ponte Pietra Pinot Grigio Rosada has a lovely salmon-pink colour in the glass. The wine is fresh and crisp, with a delicious strawberry perfume which gives way to a vibrant cherry character on the palate. A savoury note adds depth and lively acidity gives the wine a fruity crisp finish.

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750ml £8.88

Farnese Fantini Sangiovese IGT Marche Bio, 2015


Farnese Fantini Sangiovese IGT Marche Bio is garnet red in colour, with an intense and persistent nose of dark fruit. On the palate there are strawberry and black cherry notes and vanilla from the oak. The wine is medium bodied with good tannins, well balanced by clean acidity.

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750ml £8.89

Ca'di Alte Pinot Grigio, 2017


Ca\'di Alte Pinot Grigio is straw yellow in colour with delicate citrus perfumes, an attractive biscuit character and white floral notes on the nose. Medium-bodied, with good balance, it has great finesse and a fresh, rounded finish.

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750ml £8.91

Vigneti Zabu Nero d'Avola, 2016


Vigneti Zabu Nero d\'Avola is an intense ruby red coloured wine with purple highlights. The nose is bursting with red cherries and berry fruit, supported by floral and balsamic notes. Warm and long-lasting, the palate has lovely hints of wildflower on the aftertaste.

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750ml £8.94

Paccamora Inzolia Bianco, 2016


Paccamora Inzolia Bianco has a fresh nose, vibrant with citrus notes and hints of peach, apricot and white melon. The palate is supple with well balanced acidity and a long, fruity, crisp finish.

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750ml £8.95

Paccamora Nero d'Avola, 2015


Paccamora Nero d\'Avola is a bright red wine with hints of purple. The nose enjoys notes of black cherries, plum and a little vanilla. The acidity is well balanced with the soft tannins, which provides the basis of an elegant fruity finish.

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750ml £8.95

Cantina di Monteforte "Terre di Monteforte" Pinot Grigio Rosato, 2017


Cantina di Monteforte \"Terre di Monteforte\" Pinot Grigio Rosato is a lovely salmon-pink in the glass with delicate perfumes of red cherries and wild fresh strawberries. The palate is dry to medium, fresh and intense with long lingering strawberry and melon hints on the finish.

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750ml £8.97

Cantina di Gambellara "Gambellara Classico", 2016


Cantina di Gambellara \"Gambellara Classico\" has a rich yellow colour in the glass with aromas of white peaches and wild flowers. The wine is dry and the fruit mixes well with the acidity and fresh flavours, there is a touch of soft spice on the finish.

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750ml £8.98

Terrapieno "Foscarino" Soave Classico, 2016


Terrapieno \"Foscarino\" Soave Classico has a nice straw yellow colour in the glass with green hues. The aromas are delicate but intense, reminiscent of redcurrants and elderflower. Dry and fresh with good body thanks to the barrique ageing, this wine is harmonious with lingering flavours of almonds on the finish.

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750ml £8.98

Cento Cavalli Nero d'Avola, Sicily, 2016


Cento Cavalli Nero d\'Avola has a very dark red colour, with a fresh and ripe nose and hints of liquorice and vanilla. On the palate, it is full and fleshy with rich tannins and a dark lum and chocolate character. The finish is long and deep.

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750ml £8.98

Montepulciano D'abruzzo, Villa Dante, 2014


Montepulciano D\'abruzzo, Villa Dante Classic notes of ripened fruits and spices, velvety smooth, full bodied with a good complexity,

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750ml £8.98

Cento Cavalli Grillo, 2016


Cento Cavalli Grillo, Sicily is pale lemon in colour and is unoaked to preserve the aromatic qualities of fresh fruit. The wine has a lovely lime zest character on the nose, with full yet balanced fruit on the palate and a vibrant, lifted attractiveness on the finish.

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750ml £8.98

Cantina di Monteforte "Vigneto Montegrande" Soave Classico Superiore, 2016


Cantina di Monteforte \"Vigneto Montegrande\" Soave Classico Superiore is pale gold in colour with a fresh and highly scented nose that shows hints of white fruit and the characteristic almond blossom notes of top quality Soave. Honeyed, fruity and complex on the palate, with a lovely citrus twist on the finish. Lots of staying power on a well balanced long lingering finish.

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750ml £8.99

Alpha Zeta "P" Pinot Grigio, 2018


Alpha Zeta is the brainchild of leading New Zealand winemaker, Matt Thomson. His range of modern, fruit driven wines have their grapes sourced from the hillside vineyards in the Soave area, where the climate is moderate and most suitable for his style of wine. The volcanic soil is light and granitic, so the vines are challenged to produce superior quality fruit.

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750ml £9.35

Sangiovese Toscana Collezione Sensi, 2016


Sangiovese Toscana Collezione Sensi, is a ruby red colour with a full and rich taste and good body. This wine is soft and velvety with traces of bitter cherries, vanilla and tobacco with a long finish,

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750ml £9.39

Primitivo, Terre Avare, Puglia, 2016


Primitivo, Terre Avare from Puglia has a complex bouquet with notes of ripe plums, vanilla, tobacco, a mellow harmonius structure,

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750ml £9.40

Chianti Collezione Sensi, 2014


Chianti Classico Villa Trasqua, Tusacny has an intense red colour, smooth good body, long lasting bouquet with hints of cherry and spice,

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750ml £9.48

Alpha Zeta "C" Corvina, 2018


Alpha Zeta is the brainchild of leading New Zealand winemaker, Matt Thomson. His range of modern, fruit driven wines have their grapes sourced from the hillside vineyards in the Soave area, where the climate is moderate and most suitable for his style of wine. The volcanic soil is light and granitic, so the vines are challenged to produce superior quality fruit.

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750ml £9.48