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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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Bardolino Classico, Cesari 2013

A harmoniously, fragrant dry wine grown around the shores of...

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750ml £12.30

Valpolicella Classico, Cesari 2012

A full bodied yet easy drinking wine with a cherry like arom...

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750ml £12.30

Vermentino, Primo Bianco Mesa, Sardinia, 2016

Vermentino, Primo Bianco Mesa, Sardinia in Italy is crisp an...

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750ml £12.30

Isola dei Nuraghi, Primo Rosso Mesa, Sardinia, 2016

Isola dei Nuraghi, Primo Rosso Mesa, Sardinia, Italy is a we...

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750ml £12.30

Soave Classico Terre di Monteforte, 2016

Lovely floral nose of ripe peach and almond with lovely bala...

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750ml £12.35

Ripasso Valpolicella Classico, Montigoli 2010

An intense ruby red wine with a bouquet of ripe red berries,...

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750ml £12.85

Barbera d'Asti, Castello del Poggio 2011

Robust and full bodied,very fruity and lively, delicious whe...

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750ml £13.25

Barbera D'Alba Superiore, Almei, Villadoria 2011

A ruby red wine with an intense bouquet of red fruits and sp...

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750ml £13.29

Valpolicella Classico Superiore, Tommasi 2014

Intense ruby red colour, dried spices, accents leather and c...

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750ml £13.49

Gavi di Gavi, Vinicola Villadoria 2014

Light to medium bodied, dry, fresh fruit driven white

A superb dry wine with a delicate flavour. Fresh and flinty ...

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750ml £14.11

Vermentino Calasole, Rocca di Montemassi 2011

Crsip refreshing wine with a fleshy roundness, richly flavou...

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750ml £14.12

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Ripasso Valpolicella Superiore, Zonin 2013

Medium to full bodied dry red with complexity and finesse

Remarkably complex, well defined scents of cherries on a bac...

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750ml £14.15

Dolcetto Monferrato, Castello del Poggio 2011

A fragrant youthful bouquet with a dry full bodied taste, ve...

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750ml £14.96

Primitivo Negroamaro, Masseria Altemura 2010

Dry, fine structure, outstanding roundness, Complex, persist...

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750ml £14.96

Gavi di Gavi, Terre Antiche, Giustiniana, Piedmont, 2016

Gavi di Gavi, Terre Antiche, Giustiniana, Italy is classic a...

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750ml £14.97

Nodo Sangiovese Cantina Goccia Umbria, 2009

Ruby red in colour with strong notes of violets and cherries...

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750ml £15.55

Chianti Classico Villa Trasqua, 2012

Medium bodied dry wine with ample fruit aromas of ripe black...

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750ml £15.82

Pinot Nero Oltrepo Pavese DOC Poggio Pelato, Tenuta il Bosco 2009

Harmonious and complex 100% Pinot Nero, ruby red with bright...

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750ml £15.91

Fertuna Pactio Toscana Rosso, 2012

A rich blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot wi...

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750ml £15.96

Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore Fabiano, 2013

Great richness of bouquet, complex dried fruit character, fr...

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750ml £15.98

Moscato D'Asti di Strevi Contero, 2016

Delicately sparkling, lovely perfume of freshly crushed grap...

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750ml £16.75

Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore "Mara" Cesari, 2014

A full bodied and mellow taste, soft velvety character with ...

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750ml £16.95

Rosso Di Motalcino, Castiglion Del Bosco 2014

A ruby red hue, delicate bouquet announce a remarkably lusci...

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750ml £17.29

Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva DOCG 2007

Medium to full bodied dry red with complexity and finesse

A big chianti, with layers of red cherry fruit, with a firm ...

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750ml £18.16

Valpolicella Ripasso, Tommasi 2014

Rich spicy perfume, black peppery notes, hints of raisins, f...

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750ml £18.48