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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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G. D. Vajra Langhe Riesling "Petracine", 2017

G. D. Vajra Langhe Riesling \"Petracine\" is pale yellow in colour and very fresh and youthful, with zesty lemon-lime perfumes and a classic mineral note. On the palate the wine is dry with good weight of crisp, ripe apple fruit and a long citrus finish.

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750ml £29.95

Recioto della Valpolicella Classico, Vinicola Fabiano, 2007

Recioto della Valpolicella Classico,Vinicola Fabiano is a classic dessert wine which is very rich and strong with a concentrated semi sweet flavour,

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500ml £29.98

Cantina Mesa "Buio Buio" Isola dei Nuraghi, 2016

Cantina Mesa \"Buio Buio\" Isola dei Nuraghi, Sardinia is a very deep ruby red in colour. The nose offers a complex mix of balsamic notes of red berry fruit and blossoms, together with hints of spices and oak. The palate is rich and full, revealing excellent balance with an appealingly silky texture and long lingering finish.

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750ml £29.98

Farnese "Edizione" Cinque Autoctoni, 2016

farnese \"Edizione\" Cinque Autoctoni is bright, deep ruby red in colour, with perfumes of consuming fruit character, including blackberry and cherry enriched with aromatic herbs, cinnamon, liquorice and an interesting mineral note. The palate reveals a well balanced structure with a lifted, elegant freshness. Soft, supple tannins long drawn out fruity finish.

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750ml £29.98

Alpha Zeta "A" Amarone, 2017

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 £30.35

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Conti Costanti Rosso di Montalcino, 2016

Conti Costanti Rosso di Montalcino is bright ruby red in the glass with fresh fruit aromas of raspberries and red cherries. Soft well balanced tannins with good acidity on the palate lead to a long fruity finish with lingering floral notes.

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750ml £30.35

Vigneti del Salento Vigne Vecchie Primitivo di Manduria, 2016

Vigneti del Salento Vigne Vecchie Primitivo di Manduria is deep red ruby in colour with purple reflections. A very intense bouquet of dark cherries and ripe blackberries, with hints of mint and vanilla from oak ageing. These aromas continue on the palate along with subtle hints of cocoa and coffee. The tannins and fruit mix well on a long lasting finish.

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750ml £30.85

Villa Bucci Verdicchio Classico Riserva, 2015

Villa Bucci Verdicchio Classico Riserva has a very intense, complex and persistent bouquet of apricots and warm spiced mixed in with aromas of honey and citrus. This fine wine is full bodied with great depth and full of delicious fruit, with a long finish of hints of more honey and nuts.

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750ml £31.65

Terrazze dell'Etna "Cirneco Etna" Rosso, 2012

Terrazze dell\'Etna \"Cirneco Etna\" Rosso has a deep ruby colour with violet hues, and an intense and complex array of aromas, including sweet spice, vanilla and mixed berry fruit. The wine has an excellent balance between acidity and tannin. It is supple, elegant and refined with a very long luscious finish.

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750ml £31.85

Bruno Rocca Barbera d Alba, 2017

Bruno Rocca Barbera d\'Alba has aromas of mature fruit such as prunes, blackcurrants and dark ripe cherries, which are complemented by notes of toasted almonds and vanilla from twelve months oak ageing. The palate introduces warm spice and more ripe fruit, its generous and very flavoursome with a balanced structure and a lenthy finish.

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750ml £31.87

Corte Giara Amarone della Valpolicella, 2016

Corte Giara Amarone della Valpolicella has an intense and ruby red colour in the glass. The characteristic hints of black cherry and freshly ground coffee are followed by hints of soft warm spice. Dry and well-balanced, the typical acidity combines well with the softness of the fruit and vanilla flavours from oak ageing, to produce a supple and powerful wine.

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750ml £31.92

Franz Haas Moscato Rosa "Schweizer" Trentino, 2018

Franz Haas Moscato Rosa \"Schweizer\" Trentino-Alto Adige is a bright ruby red colour, with a fresh and lively bouquet of wild roses, cloves, cinnamon and a touch of orange peel. On the palate the wine is charming, with complexity, a fine structure and a fascinating interplay between acidity, sweetness and tannins.

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375ml £31.98

Petra "Quercegobbe" Merlot, 2015

Petra \"Quercegobbe\" Merlot Has an intense ruby red colour with rich aromas of red fruits with subtle notes of spice, balsamic and dried fruit. Extremely elegant with a pleasant mineral flavour, fine tannins and an enduring bouquet. Body, alcohol content and acidity are all well balanced. Persistent, vibrant and harmonious on the finish.

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750ml £32.80

Vie di Romans "Flors di Uls", 2016

Vie di Romans \"Flors di Uls\" is straw yellow in colour with a geen hint and a deeply perfumed floral nose. The wine displays lovely aromas pf wisteria and jasmine, balanced with light spicy notes. The full-bodied palate shows surprising power while the natural zest of Riesling ensures fresh and vibrant acidity. The finish is wonderfully long and aromatic.

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750ml £33.43

Livio Felluga "Illivio" Pinot Bianco, 2016

Livio Felluga \"Illivio\" Pinot Bianco has a very fragrant nose which is intense with aromas of sweet fruit, pineapple, candied orange and vanilla. Full and compact on the palate, it shows many exotic flavours and pleasant hints of ripe pear on the finish.

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750ml £33.48

Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, Fabiano, 2014

Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, Fabiano, Veneto, Italy is a full bodied wine. Hints of sour cherries intermingle with plums and maraschino cherries. The long ageing process allows a real savoury mouthfeel and a lengthy finish.

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750ml £34.15

Donnafugata, "Kabir" Moscato di Pantelleria, 2017

Donnafugata \"Kabir\" Moscato di Pantelleria has a brilliant straw yellow colour with golden reflections. The nose is characterised by a rich and fragrant bouquet with elegant aromas of white peach, citrus zest and wild flowers, all enriched by notes of aromatic sage and thyme. The palate is ample, with a fresh acid and mineral vein that balances the pleasant sweetness well.

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750ml £34.50

Petrolo "Torrione" Val d' Arno di Sopra, 2015

Petrolo \"Torrione\" Val d\' Arno di Sopra has a nice ruby red colour in the glass, with an intensely perfumed nose of wild red and black fruit, cherries and raspberries and spicy vanilla from oak ageing. Lovely weight on the palate with the oak adding polish and roundness to the structure of the Sangiovese.

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750ml £35.48

Fontodi "Dino" Colli Toscana Centrale, 2014

Fontodi \"Dino\" Colli Toscana Centrale has a lovely ruby colour in the glass with purple hues. Perfumes of spice, cherry and blackberry mingle with notes of dried fruits. On the palate, the wine is incredibly complex with pronounced flavours of more rich fruit and soft warm spice. The finish is long lasting.

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750ml £35.96

Vigne Marina Coppi "Fausto" Timorasso, 2015

Vigne Marina Coppi \"Fausto\" Timorasso is pale yellow in colour with aromas of fruit blossom and apple leaf. This well structured wine has good body, lots of fruit and is smooth and generous on the palate. It has a long fresh finish to enjoy.

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750ml £35.96

Capezzana "Ghiaie della Furba", 2013

Capezzana \"Ghiaie della Furba\" has a deep ruby red colour with purple hues. Notes of black cherries, chocolate and cassis on the nose give way to opulent rich fruit in the mouth. The wine has a long fruity finish with hints of vanilla from oak ageing.

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750ml £36.60

Vie di Romans "Dessimis" Pinot Grigio, 2017

Vie di Romans \"Dessimis\" Pinot Grigio has a superb bouquet of fresh cooked pastry aromas, scents of Williams pear skin and notes of yellow fruit. The wine has extraordinary complexity and structure on the palate with so many varities of rich-ripe fruit coming through. Textured and sumptuous, this wine has a very long, persistant finish.

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750ml £36.85

Donnafugata "Tancredi", 2015

Donnafugata \"Tancredi\" is a deep red wine characterised by a fragrant bouquet, notes of red fruit and dark berry fruit with scents of liquorice and sweet vanilla. In the mouth the tannins are soft and well-integrated. An enveloping and persistent finish.

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750ml £36.95

Vie di Romans "Piere" Sauvignon Blanc, 2017

Vie di Romans \"Piere\" Sauvignon Blanc is straw yellow in colour and has an open aromatic nose. Fresh peach and greengage perfumes are complemented by a hint of tropical fruit. The wine has excellent balance in the mouth between a rounded, fuller style of Sauvignon and the freshness that is characteristic of this region, finishing with a citrus tang and much minerality.

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750ml £36.95

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Selvapiana Vin Santo del Chianti Rufina, 2010

Selvapiana Vin Santo del Chianti Rufina has a deep amber colour with perfumes of dried fruit on the nose. This sweet wine is very intense, rich and luscious with mango, brown sugar and manuka honey mixing with the fruit on the palate. The sweetness is balanced by good acidity and concentration, ensuring a long fresh finish.

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500ml £37.18