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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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Cantina di Monteforte "Terre di Monteforte" Soave Classico Half Bottle, 2016


Cantina di Monteforte \"Terre di Monteforte\" Soave Classico Half Bottle has a lovely bright colour in the glass with green hues. The nose exhibits a sweet floral perfume and notes of ripe peach and almond. The wine shows excellent depth on the palate and a lovely balance between ripe, aromatic fruit and fresh, zingy acidity.

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375ml £4.29

Ponte Pietra Trebbiano/Garganega, 2017


Ponte Pietra Trebbiano/Garganega has a pale lemon colour in the glass and opens with aromas of almond blossom and fresh apples. It is lively and crisp on the palate with a touch of marzipan and honey from the Garganega. It dispays depth and citrus flavours on the finish.

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750ml £6.95

Ponte Pietra Merlot/Corvina, 2017


Ponte Pietra Merlot/Corvina is a delicious blend offering soft, blackberry volutuousness of the Merlot in harmony with the characteristic cherry blossom and ripe cherry pie style of Corvina. It is a fresh and well-balanced wine.

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750ml £6.95

Ca'di Alte Merlot, 2016


Ca\'di Alte Merlot has an intense ruby red colour in the glass with purple hues. Attractive aromas of red berry fruit and vanilla from oak ageing, all follow through on to the palate. The wine is velvety, round and full-bodied with a long lingering finish.

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750ml £6.97

Pinot Grigio Il Caggio Italy, 2017


Pinot Grigio Il Caggio Italy, is a delicately refreshing dry white wine is pale lemon in colour. On the palate flavours of fresh green apple and citrus are balanced well by aromas of stone fruit,

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750ml £6.98

Pinot Grigio Rosato Il Caggio Italy, 2017


Pinot Grigio Rosato Il Caggio Italy, is deliciously delicate and pink in colour. Crisp and refreshing flavours of soft red fruits are complemented by subtle floral aromas,

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750ml £6.98

Borgo Selene Catarratto, Inzolia Bianco, 2016


Borgo Selene Catarratto, Inzolia Bianco, Sicily is light, lemon-yellow in colour with a fresh, vivacious nose, also fresh perfumes of apples and ripe pears with a hint of acacia flower. Crisp and lively on the palate with a clean, dry finish.

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750ml £6.99

Cantina Valpantena "Torre del Falasco" Valpolicella Valpantena Half Bottle, 2018


Cantina Valpantena \"Torre del Falasco\" Valpolicella Valpantena Half Bottle is youthful, ruby-cherry in appearance with bright, clean aromas of classic cherry and almond blossom. The wine is best served lightly chilled to enjoy the vibrant black cherry character, which is supported by supple, approachable tannins and a flavoursome finish.

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375ml £7.24

Cantina di Monteforte "Terre di Monteforte" Soave Classico, 2017


Cantina di Monteforte \"Terre di Monteforte\" Soave Classico has a lovely bright colour in the glass with green hues. The nose exhibits a sweet floral perfume and notes of ripe peach and almond. The wine shows excellent depth on the palate and a lovely balance between ripe, aromatic fruit and fresh, zingy acidity.

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750ml £7.43

La Cavea Pinot Bianco/Garganega, 2017


La Cavea Pinot Bianco/Garganega has a lovely straw yellow colour with golden reflexes. The nose is characteristic with an elegant hint of fresh warm bread. Fresh and unoaked, it has a gentle weight and nicely rounded fruit on the palate.

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750ml £7.49

La Cavea Merlot/Pinot Nero, 2017


La Cavea Merlot/Pinot Nero has a beautifully ruby red colour in the glass. The wine presents a bouquet which is intense and elegant with aromas of berry fruit. It is velvety, round and full-bodied on the palate, with hints of vanilla and soft warm spice.

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750ml £7.49

Alpha Zeta "R" Rosata, 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 £7.74

Alpha Zeta "G" Garganega, 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 £7.94

Alpha Zeta "S" Soave 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 £7.96

Cantina Valpantena "Torre del Falasco" Corvina, 2018


Cantina Valpantena \"Torre del Falasco\" Corvina is bright and fresh in the glass, this wine opens with perfumes of juicy red cherries. The wine is youthful with a soft, approachable structure that is given depth by the partial drying process. It has good balance with lovely bitter cherry notes on the finish.

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750ml £8.30

Passo del Tempio Syrah IGT Terre di Sicilla, 2016


Passo del Tempio Syrah IGT Terre di Sicilla has beautiful crimson colour, with tempting black fruit and berry perfumes. The wine has a lovely balance between ripe fruit characters and a firm structure on the palate. This fine Syrah is very accessible, supple and rounded on a long finish.

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750ml £8.34

Passo del Tempio Catarratto IGT Terre di Sicilla, 2016


Passo del Tempio Catarratto IGT Terre di Sicilla is pale lemon in colour, with a crisp, fruity character. The Catarratto grape provides delicious citrus notes and vibrant acidity making it a great easy drinking Sicilian white wine.

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750ml £8.34

Alpha Zeta "C" Chardonnay, 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 £8.35

Cantina Valpantena "Torre del Falasco" Garganega, 2018


Cantina Valpantena \"Torre del Falasco\" Garganega is pale lemon in colour, with a fresh perfume of white flowers and citrus fruit. It is fine and minerally on the palate, with lifted lemon zest on the finish. This wine has enough body to stand up to food while retaining a crisp, fresh quality that ensures it is also great on its own.

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750ml £8.35

Ponte del Diavolo Sauvignon Blanc, 2016


Ponte del Diavolo Sauvignon Blanc has lovely fresh perfumes, crisp with notable finesse and complexity. The nose displays ripe apricot with a subtle minerality. It is completed by good acidity on the palate and intense fruitiness, perfectly in balance with the structure of the wine.

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750ml £8.38

Gran Sasso Trebbiano d'Abruzzo "La Bella Addormentata", 2016


Gran Sasso Trebbiano d\'Abruzzo \"La Bella Addormentata\" has a light golden colour, with a clean, open perfume of fresh yellow plums and white flowers. Nicely balanced on the palate, with lively, peachy fruit and a citrus twist on the finish.

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750ml £8.39

Ca'di Alte Sauvignon Blanc, 2017


Ca\'di Alte Sauvignon Blanc has a lovely pale yellow colour in the glass. On the nose, there are intense and fragrant perfumes of mango and pineapple. The wine has good acidity and balance with the fruit, and a fresh long finish.

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750ml £8.43

Farnese Fantini Trebbiano d'Abruzzo DOC, 2015


Farnese Fantini Trebbiano d\'Abruzzo DOC is a deep, bright, straw yellow in colour. The nose has intense, fruit and floral characters with aromas of peach and orange blossom. On the palate, it is full bodied, well balanced and fruity with a persistent finish.

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750ml £8.46

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