Italian Red Wines

I love Italian red wines, Amarone is a particular favourite of mine, especially the Amarones from Zenato. Both the standard Amarone and the Sergio Zenato Riserva are consistently superb year on year. If you can't stretch to this price point Zenato Ripassa is known as "baby Amarone". It is Valpolicella wine that has gone through the "Ripasso" treatment of a secondary fermentation on the Amarone pommace which gives it more depth, flavour and alcohol. Indeed Zenato's Ripassa is better than many cheap Amarones.

There is much more to Italian red wines than just Amarone though. Many of Italy's best red wines are world famous in their own right such as Brunello di Montalcino, the pinnacle of Sangiovese. Barolo is known as "the king of wines" although personally despite having tasted many of the highly rated ones, it's just not my personal cup of tea, but everybody has their own preferred taste. There is great Sangiovese in the form of good Chianti Classico Riservas. Superb Bordeaux blends such as DOC Bolgheri, and we have an organic beauty from it''s neighbour Maremma from Cantina La Selva. The "Super Tuscans" sprang up when the authorities over regulated production and great winemakers chose to avoid the classification system altogether and label their top wines as "Vino da Tavola" - costing upwards of £100 per bottle for the great ones!

There are a great many natural producers in Italy too such as Sequerciani farming traditional grapes such as Pugnitello and Foglia Tonda. And good value hot weather wines coming from Puglia such as Negroamaro and Primitivo. Without a doubt Italy has a red wine to suit every taste and budget.




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  1. Amarone Zenato

    Amarone Classico Della Valpolicella Zenato to give it it's full name is one of the finest Amarones on the market and Zenato are one of the top Amarone producers. They are members of the elite Amarone producers consortium of course. This Amarone is made by Alberto Zenato who took over the winemaking from his father, the great Sergio Zenato, who sadly passed away a few years back.

    In my opinion one of the best and most consistent Amarones on the market. Certainly my favourite out of all the big name Amarones out there. I've been drinking this wine for as long as I can remember and have never had a disappointing vintage. Consistently excellent every year!

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £37.99
  2. Amarone Sergio Zenato Riserva

    Sergio Zenato's personal Riserva Amarone is something special. We've been stocking it for years and enjoyed many great vintages. It is the one wine we turn to when we decide to treat ourselves to a special wine. Sergio Zenato sadly passed away a few years back, so this wine is now made by his son Alberto. It is still extremely limited of course and made to honour the great Sergio Zenato who is one of the all time great exponents of Amarone.

    Rare to find any 2008 left anywhere.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £90.00
  3. Ripassa Zenato

    James Suckling 93 points

    Sommelier Wine Awards - Gold

    Ripassa Zenato is a powerful wine with sweet fruit initially, balanced by more savoury mid palate flavours and a long finish. It's very smooth, and like all good Italian wines is superb with food. This one from Zenato is often referred to as "baby Amarone" and is certainly better than many co-operative produced or supermarket listed Amarones out there. While Zenato are very highly regarded for all their wines, particularly their Amarones, they are the undisputed Ripassa champions with this wine.

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    £19.00
  4. Sansonina

    Sansonina is a masterpiece of winemaking, a truly unique wine from Carla Prospero and Nadia Zenato.

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    £40.00
  5. Santa Cristina Cabernet Sauvignon

    Santa Cristina Cabernet Sauvignon is a stunning wine from the Zenato family's smaller Santa Cristina winery on the shore of Lake Garda.

    It's a blend of 85% cabernet sauvignon and 15% cabernet franc. It's aged for 18 months in a combination of first fill and used French oak then a brief spell resting in stainless steel followed by a further 6 months or so in bottle prior to release.

    It has initial sweet fruit with a delicious natural aspect. Full bodied, elegant and smooth with a long finish. This is a great wine.

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    £19.99
  6. Recioto della Valpolicella Zenato

    Recioto della Valpolicella Classico Zenato is one of the very best red dessert wines I have ever tasted. Certainly the best Recioto. It is simply stunning

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    £29.99
  7. Valpolicella Classico Superiore Zenato

    This wine is delicious. It's wonderfully smooth with great fruit and a long finish.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £11.99
  8. Amarone Tinazzi La Bastia Ca de Rocchi

    This Amarone "La Bastia Ca de Rocchi" from the Tinazzi family is a delicious wine in the more savoury style. I'm a huge Amarone fan, with Zenato being my favourite, but I also love this Tinazzi wine although it is quite different in style. Made from Corvina 80%, Rondinella 15%, Molinara 5% aged in oak for 2 years. It is big and powerful with savoury flavours of dark chocolate. Perfect with roast meats.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £34.99
  9. Amarone Riserva Campagnola Caterina Zardini

    Gambero Rosso - Due Bicchieri

    Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Caterina Zardini Campagnola. This is the flagship wine from Campagnola. It's absolutely beautiful, right up there with the very best Amarones, and Amarone is one of the best and most famous red wines in all Italy. Guissepe Campagnola makes excellent wines at affordable prices and this is his top wine.

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    £39.95
  10. Amarone Campagnola

    Amarone Guiseppe Campagnola is a delicious Amarone, perfect with food. It's a bit softer and lighter in style than Campagnola's Caterina Zardini Amarone, but is still a big wine. It's super smooth and full flavoured. It's great value to get such a quality Amarone at this price.

    Guiseppe Campagnola makes some great red wines at affordable prices when compared to other Amarone, Valpolicella and Ripasso wines. They are consistently good quality and great value for money.

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    £26.50
  11. Valpolicella Classico Superiore Caterina Zardini Campagnola

    Valpolicella Classico Superiore Caterina Zardini Campagnola is one of the finest Valpolicellas produced. It is a superb wine.

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    £19.00
  12. Ripasso della Valpolicella Classico Superiore Campagnola

    Ripasso della Valpolicella Classico Superiore Campagnola is a delicious smooth easy drinking Ripasso wine, perfect with red meat dishes.

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    £12.49
  13. Sequerciani Aleatico Passito sulphite free wine

    Organically certified by ICEA and Demeter

    A truly magnificent dessert wine! Aleatico is a grape native to Maremma. Please note this is a half bottle 375ml.

    "grapes, sun and earth - that's it"

    Free sulphur: 0

    Organic: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £18.95
  14. Sequerciani Pugnitello sulphite free wine

    Organically certified by ICEA and Demeter

    This wine is something special. Big, full flavoured and super smooth. Initial fruit then a more savoury note comes through on the very long finish. This is a very classy wine.

    "grapes, sun and earth - that's it"

    Free sulphur: 0

    Organic: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £26.95
  15. Sequerciani Foglia Tonda sulphite free wine

    Foglia Tonda is an old Tuscan grape dating back to the 1800s. Similar to Sangiovese, although later ripening, but producing significantly more grapes per plant, hence Sequerciani crop the plants back dramatically in July leaving only the best bunches to ripen.

    Free sulphur: 0

    Organic: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £20.95
  16. Sequerciani Libello sulphite free wine

    Organically certified by ICEA and Demeter

    A beautiful wine from this amazing tiny natural wine producer! Paolo helped me out on this price-wise which I'm passing on to our customers. This is great wine and should be a lot more expensive!

    Free sulphur: 0

    Organic: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    No wood used: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £13.99
  17. La Selva Organic Pugnitello

    89 points - I vini di Veronelli

    4 stars - Vini buoni d' Italia

    2 glasses - Vini d' Italia Gambero Rosso

    Silver Medal - Mundus Vini BioFach


    Fabulous! Pugnitello is an old Tuscan grape, with literally less than a dozen people farming it these days. This wine is beautiful, real Brunello quality!

    Free sulphur: 5mg/l

    Organic: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £25.00
  18. La Selva Organic Avorio

    An easy drinking good healthy red, soft and fruity, very low in sulphites.

    Free sulphur: 13mg/l

    Organic: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £8.99
  19. La Selva Organic Morellino di Scansano Colli del Uccellina DOCg

    A fantastic Sangiovese blend from this very highly rated DOCg.

    Free sulphur: 11mg/l

    Organic: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £14.99
  20. La Selva Organic Sangiovese

    A straight forward but delicious, soft and smooth Sangiovese. Exceptionally low in sulphites and very healthy for you!

    Free sulphur: 4mg/l

    Organic: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    No wood used: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £10.00
  21. La Selva Organic Prima Causa

    La Selva Organic Prima Causa is a delicious oak aged Bordeaux blend. Fantastic wine, and of course genuinely organic and healthy too.

    Free sulphur: 8mg/l

    Organic: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £19.99
  22. La Selva Organic Ciliegiolo

    La Selva Organic Ciliegiolo is a lovely wine. Soft cherry flavours followed by strong vanilla. Very smooth and balanced. Delicious and highly recommended!

    Free sulphur: 7mg/l

    Organic: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    No wood used: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £14.99
  23. La Selva Privo sulphite free wine

    4 grapes - Bibenda

    89 points - Guida Veronelli

    86 points, 3 stars - Das Magazin Selection


    La Selva Organic Privo NAS Sangiovese - a sulphite free Sangiovese which has cherry flavours and a lovely natural balance.

    Free sulphur: 0

    Organic: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    No wood used: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £10.99
  24. Badia di Morrona Rosso dei Poggi IGT Toscana

    Badia di Morrona Rosso is a lovely soft and smooth Sangiovese led blend from a family winery making excellent value for money wines. Very easy drinking and well suited to food.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £8.99
  25. Badia di Morrona I Sodi del Paretaio Chianti DOCg

    Badia di Morrona I Sodi del Paretaio Chianti DOCg. A soft and fruity Chianti, unoaked, made to be drunk young.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £11.50
  26. Borgo Salcetino Chianti Classico DOCg

    Borgo Salcetino Chianti Classico DOCg - absolutely superb, having picked up Gambero Rosso's highest award of Tre Bicchieri.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £14.95
  27. Borgo Salcetino Chianti Classico Lucarello Riserva DOCg

    Borgo Salcetino Chianti Classico Lucarello Riserva is a top class Chianti Riserva from the Livon family. Absolutely superb wine in a more powerful style with more wood ageing than their Classico Chianti.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £19.49
  28. Chianti Classico Capraia

    Chianti Classico Capraia is a superb Chianti from the owners of Rocca di Castgnoli.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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  29. Chianti Classico Riserva Capraia

    Chianti Classico Riserva Capraia is a superb limited production Chianti Riserva from Rocca di Castagnoli.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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  30. Chianti Classico Riserva Poggio a Frati Rocca di Castagnoli

    Chianti Classico Riserva Poggio a Frati Rocca di Castagnoli. A superb Chianti winning Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri for several vintages.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £19.99
  31. Brunello Casanova di Neri

    92 points - Wine Spectator

    92 points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

    Due Bicchieri - Gambero Rosso '17

    Brunello di Montalcino from Casanova di Neri, one of the finest wineries in all Italy. Brunello is world famous as one of Italy's best red wines. Brunello is produced from the Sangiovese grape, and only from designated vineyards around the area of the town of Montalcino in southern Tuscany. To qualify for DOCg Brunello di Montalcino status the wine is aged for a considerable time (three years or more) in oak casks prior to bottling. The Brunello is then further bottle aged before it is allowed to be released for sale.

    Virtually all Brunello producers are small family farms and the name Brunello on the label is a guarantee the wine in the bottle was made properly with care and attention. There is no such thing as a cheap Brunello and to my knowledge no such thing as a bad Brunello. But there are good Brunellos and great Brunellos, and Jacomo di Neri is regarded as one of the finest producers of all.

    His wines including his single vineyard Tenuta Nuova Brunello have been awarded the maximum 100 points by James Suckling on several occassions.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £42.00
  32. Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova Casanova di Neri 2006

    100 points - James Suckling

    Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova Casanova di Neri 2006 - a legendary vintage for Giacomo where this single vineyard Brunello achieved maximum possible points from Suckling.

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £90.00
  33. Moncaro Atavico Rosso Piceno no added sulphite wine

    Atavico NAS Rosso Piceno Superiore is a new wine for Moncaro with no added sulphites, as they are developing wines which do not need artificial preservatives. It's a good red wine for a cooperative, having spent a year in barrel too.

    Free sulphur: 0

    Organic: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £12.49
  34. Moncaro Montepulciano D'Abruzzo DOC

    Moncaro Montepulciano D'Abruzzo DOC is a good value, very tasty Montepulciano from Moncaro, one of Italy's best cooperative producers. Being based in Le Marche Montepulciano is their forte.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £7.99
  35. Moncaro Marche Sangiovese IGT

    Moncaro Marche Sangiovese IGT is an easy drinking Sangiovese, great value at this price.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £7.49
  36. Moncaro Rosso "Terre Cortesi"

    Moncaro Rosso Marche IGT is a delicious smooth easy drinking red wine from this very good cooperative. It's very well suited to food or equally at home on it's own. Soft, fruit driven and smooth, with good overall balance.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £7.00
  37. Primitivo di Salento IGT Il Medaglione Leone de Castris

    Primitivo di Salento IGT Il Medaglione Leone de Castris is a great quality Primitivo and a great value price.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £10.00
  38. Primitivo di Salentino Don Cosimo Cantine due Palme

    An easy drinking soft, fruity, sweeter style red.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £8.99
  39. Selvarossa Riserva DOC Salice Salentino Cantine due Palme

    Gambero Rosso - Tre Bicchieri - every vintage since 2004

    Selvarossa Riserva, Cantine due Palme is one of the best reds to come out of Southern Italy, regularly being awarded Gambero Rosso's highest accolade of Tre Bicchieri. I've been stocking it for years and every vintage has been superb. It's a big powerful warming red with sweet tannins. Super smooth.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £19.99
  40. Gran Maestro Appasimento Rosso IGT Puglia

    Gran Maestro Appasimento Rosso IGT Puglia for this 2015 vintage is made from 100% Primitivo grapes, pre dried on mats to concentrate the sugars before fermentation in the "Amarone" method.

    Gran Maestro is produced by Cantina Dei Colli Berci, a winery in the Veneto region and member of the Veneto Wine Group ( aka Collis), which explains the "appassimento" method being employed as it is native to Veneto. In fact this is the first time I've been made aware of it being used on Puglia fruit.

    This is a big co-operative prodcing value for money wines. Production is much larger than we normally go for, so sulphite levels are also higher than we would normally allow on our site. But if you're not bothered by sulphite content or you regularly drink factory produced wines such as big brands or supermarket wine, it is a decent tasty wine at this price.

    Soft, smooth, good fruit with sweet tannins.

    Sulphite level: Medium

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    £10.00
  41. Feudo di Santa Croce Primitivo di Manduria

    Feudo di Santa Croce Primitivo di Manduria is a fantastic wine, in a suitably oppulent big heavyweight bottle. This wine is made by the Tinazzi family who make top class Amarone up in Veneto. Well they also planted 15 hectares down in Apulia - the heel of Italy.

    This Primitivo is big and powerful, super smooth. Great wine.

    Sulphite level: Medium

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    £19.99
  42. Tombacco Aglianico del Beneventano IGT

    A big, powerful wine well suited to food. 

    Sulphite level: Medium

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    £10.50
  43. Famiglia Cielo 1908 Appassionatamente

    Famiglia Cielo 1908 Appassionatamente is the premium wine from this long established family winery.

    It's full and smooth with plenty of red fruit and a little spice.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £11.99
  44. Salice Salentino Riserva DOC Leone de Castris

    Leone de Castris is one of the region's top wineries, established in 1665. They make some excellent wines which are great value..

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £14.50

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