Italian White Wines

Italy produces some excellent white wines from big oaked Chardonnays and hot weather grapes in Sicily, to crisp full flavoured Sauvignons and Pinot Grigios in the hills in the snowy north. There is a great variety of flavours and styles, something for every taste.

Italy also has some of the most famous and prestigious wineries in the world. For the whites these include La Scolca who are world famous for their quality Gavi – they even trade marked the term Gavi dei Gavi. And Santa Margherita of course who “invented Pinot Grigio”. Although their excellent Pinot Grigio from Valdadige is thankfully a world away from the plonk in the supermarkets that has damaged the reputation of Pinot Grigio as a wine.

There are plenty of natural winemakers in Italy too so organic or “bio” wine as it is known over there is flourishing. We have some great wines from La Selva, an organic family farm in Maremma, Tuscany. And one natural Vermentino from Sequerciani in the same region. Other than that we focus on northern Italy for full flavoured clean whites. The hotter climate whites from the south tend to be too full, too high in natural sugars for us which bind their free SO2 meaning more is required. This means they tend to have fairly high total SO2 which is a partial cause of the hangover. We prefer to steer clear of these wines and focus on lighter cleaner wines. We strongly recommend the wines from Livon and St Michael Eppan.

Organically certified by ICEA and Demeter

A fabulous natural Vermentino with nothing added or taken away. We have just received stock of the 2022 which in my opinion is their best vintage to date. Bear in mind they only make tiny quantities of this wine. It’s a little darker in colour but it’s still fresh and crisp with good fruit and a slightly nutty finish. The 2021 had a little dissolved CO2 which made it slightly frizzante when first opened but not so with the 2022. This wine has become popular with our sulphite free audience and this vintage will be in demand!

Please be aware this wine is cloudy as it is unfiltered.

If you don’t appreciate this style of natural wine please do not order this wine, as it is supremely rare and we want it to go to natural wine fans who will appreciate it. Thank you.

“grapes, sun and earth – that’s it”

Organic : Yes
Sustainable Farming : Yes
Gluten Free : Yes
Vegan : Yes
Sulphite Level : Sulphite Free
Johns Rating :

£14.99

Out of stock

Organically certified by ICEA and Demeter

A fabulous natural Vermentino with nothing added or taken away. We have just received stock of the 2022 which in my opinion is their best vintage to date. Bear in mind they only make tiny quantities of this wine. It’s a little darker in colour but it’s still fresh and crisp with good fruit and a slightly nutty finish. The 2021 had a little dissolved CO2 which made it slightly frizzante when first opened but not so with the 2022. This wine has become popular with our sulphite free audience and this vintage will be in demand!

Please be aware this wine is cloudy as it is unfiltered.

If you don’t appreciate this style of natural wine please do not order this wine, as it is supremely rare and we want it to go to natural wine fans who will appreciate it. Thank you.

“grapes, sun and earth – that’s it”

Organic : Yes
Sustainable Farming : Yes
Gluten Free : Yes
Vegan : Yes
Sulphite Level : Sulphite Free
Johns Rating :

£14.99

Out of stock

Sommelier Wine Awards – Gold, James Suckling 90 Points, CWSA – Gold

This is the extremely limited Gold 100 year anniversary edition bottle of the 2020 vintage. A very rare opportunity.

Sulphite Level : Medium Low
Johns Rating :

£40.00

Sommelier Wine Awards – Gold, James Suckling 90 Points, CWSA – Gold

This is the extremely limited Gold 100 year anniversary edition bottle of the 2020 vintage. A very rare opportunity.

Sulphite Level : Medium Low
Johns Rating :

£40.00

 

Santa Margherita Lugana is a brand new wine and it is superb!

Pale gold in colour with good body and mouthfeel. Big fruit flavours, yet elegant and superbly balanced with a really long finish.

I highly recommend this wine, it really is as good as it looks!

Beautiful to drink on it’s own or will pair with almost any food (particularly seafood cooked in butter).

Sulphite Level : Medium Low
Johns Rating :

£17.50

 

Santa Margherita Lugana is a brand new wine and it is superb!

Pale gold in colour with good body and mouthfeel. Big fruit flavours, yet elegant and superbly balanced with a really long finish.

I highly recommend this wine, it really is as good as it looks!

Beautiful to drink on it’s own or will pair with almost any food (particularly seafood cooked in butter).

Sulphite Level : Medium Low
Johns Rating :

£17.50

Fantastic Chardonnay. Clean, full bodied, fresh and delightful.

Sulphite Level : Medium Low
Johns Rating :

£14.99

Fantastic Chardonnay. Clean, full bodied, fresh and delightful.

Sulphite Level : Medium Low
Johns Rating :

£14.99

Friulano Collio DOC Livon Linea Classica is an excellent example of this local grape. The Collio DOC is one of Italy’s most prestigious regions for producing quality white wines, and Livon are one of the areas top wineries, and in fact the region’s largest family owned winery

Founded by Dorino Livon in the 1960s it has grown to a sizeable 260 hectares with Dorino’s sons Valneo and Tonino and their families all involved.

Friulano is the local name for the grape which is also called “sauvignon vert” in other regions. No surprise then that this wine is similar in style to their Sauvignon Blanc being clear, almost waterlike in appearance. Again good body. More subtle flavours, more like a hybrid of their excellent Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc. Again very clean and natural, wine made properly by a passionate producer, so you know you are drinking a wine which is healthy and good for you.

Vey well balanced natural acidity and a long clean finish. I think this wine would be very well received by fans of good Chablis and similar quality old world dry whites.

Sulphite Level : Medium Low
Johns Rating :

£15.49

Friulano Collio DOC Livon Linea Classica is an excellent example of this local grape. The Collio DOC is one of Italy’s most prestigious regions for producing quality white wines, and Livon are one of the areas top wineries, and in fact the region’s largest family owned winery

Founded by Dorino Livon in the 1960s it has grown to a sizeable 260 hectares with Dorino’s sons Valneo and Tonino and their families all involved.

Friulano is the local name for the grape which is also called “sauvignon vert” in other regions. No surprise then that this wine is similar in style to their Sauvignon Blanc being clear, almost waterlike in appearance. Again good body. More subtle flavours, more like a hybrid of their excellent Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc. Again very clean and natural, wine made properly by a passionate producer, so you know you are drinking a wine which is healthy and good for you.

Vey well balanced natural acidity and a long clean finish. I think this wine would be very well received by fans of good Chablis and similar quality old world dry whites.

Sulphite Level : Medium Low
Johns Rating :

£15.49

La Scolca Black Label Gavi (also known as “Gigi”) is regarded as the ultimate Gavi – excepting La Scolca’s exclusive extremely limited D’Antan which is Black Label Gavi aged in tanks on the lees for a straight ten years! That is extremely limited and expensive of course but this black label is more affordable and easier to get stock of.

La Scolca Black Label Gavi is highly sought after. Although pale in colour, this is deceptive as it’s a big, rich wine packed with flavour and a real weight on the palate. It has a very very long finish.

Currently on the 2021 vintage.

Sulphite Level : Medium Low
Johns Rating :

£33.00

La Scolca Black Label Gavi (also known as “Gigi”) is regarded as the ultimate Gavi – excepting La Scolca’s exclusive extremely limited D’Antan which is Black Label Gavi aged in tanks on the lees for a straight ten years! That is extremely limited and expensive of course but this black label is more affordable and easier to get stock of.

La Scolca Black Label Gavi is highly sought after. Although pale in colour, this is deceptive as it’s a big, rich wine packed with flavour and a real weight on the palate. It has a very very long finish.

Currently on the 2021 vintage.

Sulphite Level : Medium Low
Johns Rating :

£33.00

La Selva Organic Sangiovese Bianco is a delicious full bodied rounded wine with plenty of fruit and a great overall balance. Made properly without added tartaric acid, La Selva have relied purely on the quality of the grapes and their natural acidity to produce this delicious healthy wine. Lovely on it’s own and great with seafood too.

This wine is excellent and highly recommended.

 

Free Sulphur : 30
Organic : Yes
Sustainable Farming : Yes
Gluten Free : Yes
No Wood Used : Yes
Vegan : Yes
Sulphite Level : Very Low
Johns Rating :

£13.00

La Selva Organic Sangiovese Bianco is a delicious full bodied rounded wine with plenty of fruit and a great overall balance. Made properly without added tartaric acid, La Selva have relied purely on the quality of the grapes and their natural acidity to produce this delicious healthy wine. Lovely on it’s own and great with seafood too.

This wine is excellent and highly recommended.

 

Free Sulphur : 30
Organic : Yes
Sustainable Farming : Yes
Gluten Free : Yes
No Wood Used : Yes
Vegan : Yes
Sulphite Level : Very Low
Johns Rating :

£13.00

A wonderful Lugana. Full flavoured with body and complexity. Pure, beautifully structured with a long finish. This wine is lovely.

Sulphite Level : Medium Low
Johns Rating :

£19.99

A wonderful Lugana. Full flavoured with body and complexity. Pure, beautifully structured with a long finish. This wine is lovely.

Sulphite Level : Medium Low
Johns Rating :

£19.99

93 points – James Suckling

Lugana Riserva Sergio Zenato is the top Lugana from this prestigious house. Made in tiny quantities with a host of awards over the years. An exceptional wine.

Sulphite Level : Medium Low
Johns Rating :

£36.00

93 points – James Suckling

Lugana Riserva Sergio Zenato is the top Lugana from this prestigious house. Made in tiny quantities with a host of awards over the years. An exceptional wine.

Sulphite Level : Medium Low
Johns Rating :

£36.00

A good solid wine for everyday drinking at this price. Soft and fruity with a dry finish.

Sulphite Level : Medium Low
Johns Rating :

£9.49

Out of stock

A good solid wine for everyday drinking at this price. Soft and fruity with a dry finish.

Sulphite Level : Medium Low
Johns Rating :

£9.49

Out of stock

Pinot Grigio Livon is a great example of quality Pinot Grigio from Collio, one of the best areas in all Italy for this grape. The Livon family are the biggest privately owned winery in the region consistently producing very high quality white wines in particular, although they also produce some good reds from local grapes such as Refosco.

This Pinot Grigio is superb. Very pale in appearance yet full and round and full flavoured. This is very well made wine with a long finish. If you’ve never tried quality Pinot Grigio before this one from Livon is very highly recommended.

Sulphite Level : Medium Low
Johns Rating :

£15.49

Pinot Grigio Livon is a great example of quality Pinot Grigio from Collio, one of the best areas in all Italy for this grape. The Livon family are the biggest privately owned winery in the region consistently producing very high quality white wines in particular, although they also produce some good reds from local grapes such as Refosco.

This Pinot Grigio is superb. Very pale in appearance yet full and round and full flavoured. This is very well made wine with a long finish. If you’ve never tried quality Pinot Grigio before this one from Livon is very highly recommended.

Sulphite Level : Medium Low
Johns Rating :

£15.49

Due Bicchieri – Gambero Rosso ’17

Another beautiful wine from St Michael Eppan from their premium Sanct Valentin range. Normally I find Northern Italian chardonnays a little thin although I love the purity and clean feel. This one however is full bodied from being both barrel fermented (50% new, 50% used) and then further barrel aged for 11 months before bottling.

Pale gold in colour. Full of flavour with fruit and vanilla, rich and round with good mouthfeel. Beautifully balanced with integrated acidity and a long luscious finish. Superb.

Please note presentation has changed to a wider, squatter bottle.

Sulphite Level : Medium Low
Johns Rating :

£29.99

Due Bicchieri – Gambero Rosso ’17

Another beautiful wine from St Michael Eppan from their premium Sanct Valentin range. Normally I find Northern Italian chardonnays a little thin although I love the purity and clean feel. This one however is full bodied from being both barrel fermented (50% new, 50% used) and then further barrel aged for 11 months before bottling.

Pale gold in colour. Full of flavour with fruit and vanilla, rich and round with good mouthfeel. Beautifully balanced with integrated acidity and a long luscious finish. Superb.

Please note presentation has changed to a wider, squatter bottle.

Sulphite Level : Medium Low
Johns Rating :

£29.99

Awarded Gambero Rosso’s highest rating of Tre Bicchieri for an incredible 17 years in succession! Gambero Rosso also voted Hans Terzer as one of the Top 10 Winemakers in the world.

This is the flagship wine from this prestigious estate, regarded as the best Sauvignon Blanc in all Italy.

Please note presentation for this 2016 has changed to a wider, squatter bottle.

 

 

Sulphite Level : Medium Low
Johns Rating :

£29.99

Awarded Gambero Rosso’s highest rating of Tre Bicchieri for an incredible 17 years in succession! Gambero Rosso also voted Hans Terzer as one of the Top 10 Winemakers in the world.

This is the flagship wine from this prestigious estate, regarded as the best Sauvignon Blanc in all Italy.

Please note presentation for this 2016 has changed to a wider, squatter bottle.

 

 

Sulphite Level : Medium Low
Johns Rating :

£29.99

Santa Margherita have been awarded Gambero Rosso “Winery of the Year 2021”

Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio is one of Italy’s very best, and best known Pinot Grigios, hailing from the premier Valdadige region, and was responsible for starting the worldwide interest in this Italian variety. Santa Margherita are one of Italy’s best known and most prestigious wineries. This Pinot Grigio is excellent with full flavour, good body and a crisp finish.

 

 

Sulphite Level : Medium Low
Johns Rating :

£12.95

Santa Margherita have been awarded Gambero Rosso “Winery of the Year 2021”

Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio is one of Italy’s very best, and best known Pinot Grigios, hailing from the premier Valdadige region, and was responsible for starting the worldwide interest in this Italian variety. Santa Margherita are one of Italy’s best known and most prestigious wineries. This Pinot Grigio is excellent with full flavour, good body and a crisp finish.

 

 

Sulphite Level : Medium Low
Johns Rating :

£12.95

Sauvignon Blanc Collio DOC Livon Linea Classica is a beauty. New world green fruit with old world body and style!

This is a fantastic sauvignon from the excellent Livon winery. The region of Friuli produces some of Italy’s best white wines, in a very fresh, cooler climate style, and this sauvignon is no exception. Coming from the Collio hills DOC at an altitude of 250m which borders Slovenia.

Very pale in colour with green and gold highlights. Legs sticking to the side of the glass showing some body. Lovely big green fruit flavours with good acidity cleansing the palate. It’s deliciously crisp and refreshing, very clean and natural in style with only minimal additives.

For anybody who hasn’t discovered Friulan white wines I highly recommend trying this. “New world fruit with old world heritage!”.

 

Sulphite Level : Medium Low
Johns Rating :

£15.49

Sauvignon Blanc Collio DOC Livon Linea Classica is a beauty. New world green fruit with old world body and style!

This is a fantastic sauvignon from the excellent Livon winery. The region of Friuli produces some of Italy’s best white wines, in a very fresh, cooler climate style, and this sauvignon is no exception. Coming from the Collio hills DOC at an altitude of 250m which borders Slovenia.

Very pale in colour with green and gold highlights. Legs sticking to the side of the glass showing some body. Lovely big green fruit flavours with good acidity cleansing the palate. It’s deliciously crisp and refreshing, very clean and natural in style with only minimal additives.

For anybody who hasn’t discovered Friulan white wines I highly recommend trying this. “New world fruit with old world heritage!”.

 

Sulphite Level : Medium Low
Johns Rating :

£15.49

Fallwind Sauvignon Blanc

James Suckling 91 Points 

St Michael Eppan is one of Italy’s finest wineries. It’s a cooperative of around 340 individual growers all with tiny vineyard parcels totalling something like 360 hectares. They pool the grapes and have the privilege of Hanz Terzer, one of the most highly regarded winemakers in the world, making their wines!

Hand harvested grapes were hand selected to go into this wine. Fermented and aged on the less for longevity. The wine is fresh and mineral in style with some tropical fruit notes. Great wine as always from Hanz.

 

Sulphite Level : Medium Low
Johns Rating :

£21.95

Fallwind Sauvignon Blanc

James Suckling 91 Points 

St Michael Eppan is one of Italy’s finest wineries. It’s a cooperative of around 340 individual growers all with tiny vineyard parcels totalling something like 360 hectares. They pool the grapes and have the privilege of Hanz Terzer, one of the most highly regarded winemakers in the world, making their wines!

Hand harvested grapes were hand selected to go into this wine. Fermented and aged on the less for longevity. The wine is fresh and mineral in style with some tropical fruit notes. Great wine as always from Hanz.

 

Sulphite Level : Medium Low
Johns Rating :

£21.95

Soave Classico Colombara Zenato is a superb single vineyard Classico Soave, restoring faith in the DOC for producing quality wines.

A blend of Chardonnay and Garganega from a single vineyard, hand picked, soft pressed and fermented under temperature control. Another lovely full flavoured wine from the Zenato family. Recommended.

Sulphite Level : Medium Low
Johns Rating :

£11.99

Soave Classico Colombara Zenato is a superb single vineyard Classico Soave, restoring faith in the DOC for producing quality wines.

A blend of Chardonnay and Garganega from a single vineyard, hand picked, soft pressed and fermented under temperature control. Another lovely full flavoured wine from the Zenato family. Recommended.

Sulphite Level : Medium Low
Johns Rating :

£11.99

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