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Pinot Grigio

The fanciest of them all… PINOT GRIGIO For many years, this delicate white wine that goes by the name of Pinot Grigio has been one the most ‘stylish’ wines among the wide range of Italian wines produced. There was a time when everyone wanted it, and everyone asked for it in restaurants and bars. But…

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Wine of the Month: Primitivo, a majestic red wine

Over the Christmas festive period the consumption of alcohol will very likely increase. White, red or bubbles, there is no discrimination when it comes to celebrating with family and friends. In Italy we have over 3,000 different grape varieties from 20 different regions. But some wines are better than others for a toast over a luxurious…

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Wine of the Month: Vermentino di Gallura

Hailing from Sardinia, Vermentino is the flagship wine of the region of Gallura, in the north east of the island. Vermentino di Sardegna is the most famous DOCG produced all over the island. The grapes grow luxurious and spread widely on the entire territory. However, Vermentino di Gallura is different. It was granted its own DOCG recognition separately…

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Fun Facts: Wine Harvest in Italy!

When September comes, it usually means only one thing in Italy: WINE HARVEST TIME! All over the country in every region of the peninsula there is a lot of buzz and excitement around this event, which is part of our culture and an historical tradition. It used to be moment of celebration, everyone in the…

The wine you should be drinking right now: Nero d’Avola

A king amongst the best Italian red wines: Nero d’Avola. If you love full-bodied dry reds like Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah then Nero d’Avola will be your next favourite wine. The Nero d’Avola grape variety can be found in Sicily, know for its long sunny days and cooler nights that create the perfect environment for…

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Prosecco Zonin – even our fizz is made in Italy!

Prosecco has become the most successful and best selling Italian sparkling wine and has been gaining international popularity and recognition. The birthplace of Prosecco is in Veneto, a region in the North East of Italy, known around the world for its architectural beauty, its elegance and most especially its wines. Once again it was because…

Orvieto Amabile, the wine of noble Romans and Popes.

Orvieto is one of the most famous Italian wines, not  in Italy alone, but all around the world. It is also one of the most ancient wines that we know of, with traces of production dating back to the Roman age, especially by the Etruscan population. This sweet wine was already appreciated by noble Roman…

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ARAKENA Vermentino di Gallura Superiore 2010

Vermentino is a white-wine grape grown in various locations around the western Mediterranean: northwestern Italy, southern France and the neighboring islands of Corsica and Sardinia. It goes by various names, among them Pigato in Liguria, Favorita in Piedmont and Rolle in Provence, although there is long-standing disagreement over which of these are synonyms of Vermentino and…

CACCIA AL PIANO 1868

Straight from la Cantina di Antonio … Though he does not like to appear biased… this is possibly Antonio’s favourite red wine! A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, this wine starts with mineral tones of granite and campfire, and an austere, dusty tannins. Then follows with a bold fruity taste, pulled together by notes of…