Italy boasts over 3,000 registered grape varieties, as many as 2,000 growers of wine and a wealth of different regions, each with their own culture, soil type and micro-climates, in fact there is a diversity and vibrancy to the Italian wine scene that is unmatched by any other place in the world.
In addition there has been a complete revolution in the wine scene in Italy over the past 30 years, with the arrival of a new generation of producers. Many of the new players are the sons and daughters of the traditional growers, bursting with enthusiasm and passion for wine derived from their travels in the New World and the study of modern winemaking techniques.
This explosion of knowledge and commitment has brought finesse and quality to the wines and paved the way to greater acceptance and an embracing of Italy on the international wine stage.
Running side by side with the modernising influence of this revolution there has been an increasing interest in Italy’s indigenous varieties.
I have picked out a few wines below which illustrate just how good (and what great value) these modern Italian wines can be.
The first two wines I have chosen are brand new to us as we have just started working with Pasqua, a family winery who are dedicated to producing high quality grapes and making great value wines that artfully express the character of the Veneto wine region.
Perfect for Summer sipping, Pasqua Pinot Grigio stands miles apart from the many watery examples to be found. With aromas of ripe pear and white peach are perfectly balanced with the zesty finish, this is Pinot Grigio as it should be!
Romeo & Juliet Passimento Rosso is the Pasqua family’s tribute to Romeo and Juliet and the 3000 messages of love which are left everyday on Juliet’s wall in Verona, this rich, spicy & velvety red is made following the local ‘Passimento’ method whereby the grapes are dried prior to fermentation.
Made with the indigenous Sicilian grape variety, Grillo, Cusumano Shamaris is wonderfully aromatic with notes of orange blossom, melon and peach which lead into a deliciously juicy palate which shows excellent balance between the acidity and the fruit.
Like tasting the Southern Italian sunshine in a glass, Tenute Rubino Marmorelle Rosso is a gorgeous, richly textured red wine with an abundance of ripe fruit; cherry, blackcurrant, blueberry and blackberry along with hints of nutmeg and cocoa. Try this with tagliatelle al ragù for a match made in heaven.
Our Italian Wine sale kicks off on June 15th and runs until 10pm on June 22nd which also happens to be the day of the showdown between the Azzurri and our Boys in Green at Euro 2016!