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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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Massolino Barolo "Margheria" Magnum, 2014


Massolino Barolo \"Margheria\" Magnum is very deep red in colour and very traditional in style. The grapes for this wine come from different subzones in Serralunga, resulting in a wine with broad and varible spectrum of aromas, ranging from tempting warm spicy notes to sweet more floral and fruity notes. The finish is long with hints of vanilla from oak ageing.

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150cl £155.90

Vigne Marina Coppi "Grand Fosto" Timorasso, 2013


Vigne Marina Coppi \"Grand Fosto\" Timorasso has a deep yelow colour in the glass with light green hues. On the palate it shows intense and delicate aromas of melon, green apples and hints of wild flowers. The palate is full and lively, with notes of nectarines, yellow plums and citrus fruit. The wine lingers on the palate with lots of fruit and a refreshing acidity.

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150cl £163.49

Bruno Rocca Barbaresco Riserva "Curra", 2013


Bruno Rocca Barbaresco Riserva \"Curra\" has a beautiful dark red colour in the glass with purple hues. Sweet floral aromas of rose and violet are predominant on the nose with a hint of fresh mint and soft warm spices. On the palate, it is elegant and harmonious, with good fresh acidity balancing the concentration of body and dark fruit flavours. Full-bodied on the long lasting finish.

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750ml £186.35

Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo "Romirasco", 2014


Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo \"Romirasco\" is bright red in colour and intensely vibrant with a bouquet of violets, roses, liquorice and complemented by balsamic notes. With an elgant structure, the wine is beautifully balanced with pristine fruit on the palate and excellent long lasting aftertaste.

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750ml £188.85

Isole E Olena Chianti Classico Gran Selezione, 2013


Isole E Olena Chianti Classico Gran Selezione has very rich and dark red colour in the glass with purple glints. The nose enjoys strong perfumes of dark plums and cherries, cassis, dried mango and soft warm spice. Oak ageing for four years brings wonderful structure to all components, including the supple tannins, fruity acidity and vanilla flavours. All in all, a unique and very special Chianti Classico.

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750ml £208.95

Allegrini "Fieramonte" Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva, 2011


Allegrini \"Fieramonte\" Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva has a beautifully bright and intense ruby colour in the glass. The nose is reminiscent of the cherries that ripen on the highest hills in the Valpolicella region in July. Aromas of local flowers are accompanied by a deep note of warm spice and oak from 36 months of ageing. The palate is very full of big fruit flavours, fresh and balanced with a subtle mineral note on the finish.

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750ml £296.97

Isole E Olena Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Magnum, 2006


Isole E Olena Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Magnum has very rich and dark red colour in the glass with purple glints. The nose enjoys strong perfumes of dark plums and cherries, cassis, dried mango and soft warm spice. Oak ageing for four years brings wonderful structure to all components, including the supple tannins, fruity acidity and vanilla flavours. All in all, a unique and very special Chianti Classico.

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150cl £342.00

Biondi-Santi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva, 2011


Biondi-Santi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva has an intense red colour in the glass with purple glints. The nose has strong aromas of baked red and black stonefruit and touches of scented vanilla. The palate is full and round with oak character from thirty six months of ageing in Slavonian oak casks. An exceptional wine with a long lingering full bodied finish.

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750ml £398.62

Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo "Granbussia", 2009


Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo \"Granbussia\" is rich garnet in colour with a rich and lovely perfume of liquorice, roses and red fruits on the nose. On the palate, the wine is very concentrated and full-bodied, with a perfect balance of tannin, acidity and richness. The wine finishes long with more dense flavours and hints of vanilla from its thirty two months in Slavonian oak.

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750ml £540.25