White Wines

The initial part of this introduction is the same as the one on our REDS page, but the country descriptions further down refer directly to the white wines from each country.

As you will probably know the wine world is divided up into "old world" and "new world" countries. Old world consists of mainland Europe - France, Spain, Italy, Germany etc, while New World consists mainly of the regions colonised by European settlers such as Australia, New Zealand, USA, Chile, Argentina and South Africa, although the South African wine insustry dates back to the mid 17th century so "new" could be a misleading term. This sector is ever expanding with new emerging regions such as Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay, and these days even India and China.

So there is a lot to choose from! The UK is regarded as the "shop window" of the world and most producers want their goods on sale here. And as the UK has no history of producing quality wines there is no allegiance to traditional regions or styles over here, giving every wine an equal chance to shine on it's own merits. Hence the UK wine market is probably the most diverse in the world.

Naturally we assume more choice is a good thing. But with a subject as vast and confusing as wine there is such a thing as too much choice. Most UK consumers find selecting the right white wine amid the myriad of different retailers and brands a very challenging experience. Unfortunately the UK is flooded with poor quality wine, driven by low supermarket prices and some of the highest excise duty rates in the world - the UK pays over 40% of all the excise duty of the entire European Union! This means a cheap wine in mainland Europe costing three Euros, would cost you more like £8.99 by the time it is on sale in a UK off license - three times as much!

Most retailers, whether supermarkets, grocery chains, off licenses or even independent retailers end up sourcing factory produced wines made on a large scale, with large quantities of additives, driven by price, so finding a good bottle of wine amongst them is like finding a needle in a haystack. This is where we come in. We are a small privately owned, fiercely independent business specialising in sourcing only good quality white wines, made properly by people (not machines), with minimal if any additives. We buy the vast majority of our white wines direct from small family owned wineries, and pass the savings onto our customers.

That means you get great quality wines at the right price, our small family wineries get their wines to market, and hopefully we make a profit in the middle which we reinvest into sourcing more great wines. We only sell GOOD WINES so every wine on our site is good, many are exceptional. Most have at least one award, many are multi gold medal winners. So you can be confident of getting a good bottle regardless of which country or region you choose. Many of our really tiny artisan wineries don't actually enter their wines for awards as they produce so little, but these are also sourced on their merits and are excellent wines.

Here is a guide to help you decide where to start looking.

Argentina

Their signature grape is Torrontes which makes floral aromatic dry white wines. There are some innovative producers who now barrel ferment this grape to produce fuller more rounded wines, and some who make late harvest dessert wines from this grape too. But don't overlook Argentina for great fresh Sauvignons and good oaked Chardonnays as they can be high quality at low prices.

Australia

As we can't find any whites low in enough in sulphites we don't currently offer any white wines from here.

Chile

Great Sauvignon if from the right area - avoid EVERYTHING from the Central Valley though as this is all rubbish. We don't stock anything from this region. Some good Chardonnays too and cool climate Gewurztraminer.

France

Again we avoid the expensive areas. We have good barrel fermented organic Chardonnay from Limoux, and other good sulphite free or organic whites from along the south coast. We don't offer anything from Burgundy, the Loire or Bordeaux as we believe these regions are already well catered for in the UK and they don't offer value for money.

Italy

Again some sensational whites from this country. We have stunning barrel fermented Chardonnays from right up in the Alto Adige to right down the bottom in Sicily. Plus world class Sauvignons, world class Gavi, the best Pinot Grigio from Santa Margherita, Vermentino and a whole host of other whites such as Lugana and Soave. And many top class sparkling wines too.

New Zealand

Sorry - we have stopped importing directly from New Zealand and we are aware this area is now a weakness for us but do take a look a our exceptional Sauvignons from South Africa. We have only a handful of NZ whites which we source through UK importers.

South Africa

We are hoping our disappointed New Zealand fans will try some of the world class whites from here instead, such as Grande Provence Sauvignon Blanc. In South Africa, if you avoid the big producers, you can find top quality Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. It's not just Chenin Blanc anymore, They also make some good blends, and some very good dessert wines too. And again these wines are great value.

Spain

Spain used to have a reputation for making poor quality flabby whites, but since the introduction of much better technology and facilities it is now producing some excellent examples, particularly from Rueda and Ribeiro. The whites we have sourced are real handcrafted boutique wines which are not only superb wines but also exceptional value for money. They tend to be made from native Spanish grapes which many Brits have never heard of, but please give them a try as there is a wealth of great white wines coming from Spain these days.

USA

Again we concentrate on sulphite free whites from Fey winery.

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  1. Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio DOC Valdadige

    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.

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  2. Gavi dei Gavi La Scolca Gigi Black Label DOCG

    5 Grappoli - Duemilavini 

    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. 

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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  3. Gavi di Gavi La Scolca Bobo DOCG White Label

    Bronze - Decanter World Wine Awards 2017

    This Gavi di Gavi La Scolca Bobo White Label is a delicious wine, rich and full flavoured with great length. Enjoy it with food. 

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £16.99
  4. Gavi di Gavi La Scolca Oro Gold DOCG 2015 75cl

    A very good Gavi at an affordable price from La Scolca, Gavi's most acclaimed producer.

    This "Gold" is very pale in colour with green highlights. Swirl it around and you'll see legs sticking to the side of the glass hinting at the body in the wine. It is indeed full in the mouth and rounded with pear flavours, and a peachy lift on the finish from the wine's natural acidity.

    This is lovely wine well suited to buttered fish or creamy pasta. 

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £13.00
  5. La Selva Organic Sangiovese Bianco

    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

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    £11.99
  6. La Selva Organic Vermentino

    La Selva Organic Vermentino Maremma DOC. Vermentino is Tuscany's signature white grape and has carried DOC status in Maremma since 2011 reflecting it's superior quality.

    Organic: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    No wood used: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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  7. Sequerciani Vermentoro oak aged sulphite free wine

    Organically certified by ICEA and Demeter

    A fabulous natural Vermentino with nothing added or taken away. For the 2017 they aged a tiny portion in oak and have called it "Verment'oro".

    Please be aware this wine is cloudy as it is unfiltered. On first opening there will be a slight fizz and if tasted immediately the first taste is almost like cider. Give it some time to aerate in the glass and it changes dramatically. Then with each sip it gets better and better.

    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

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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  8. Sequerciani Vermentino sulphite free wine

    Organically certified by ICEA and Demeter

    A fabulous natural Vermentino with nothing added or taken away. Full, fruit driven with a nutty finish. They only make 600 bottles of this wine!

    Please be aware there will be a little sediment in the bottle as the wine is unfiltered  lovely flavours with good body and a slightly nutty finish. The previous vintage was good and this is even better!

    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

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    £14.99
  9. Pinot Grigio Collio DOC Livon Linea Classica

    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

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    £14.50
  10. Sauvignon Blanc Collio DOC Livon Linea Classica

    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!".


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  11. Friulano Collio DOC Livon Linea Classica

    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

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  12. Sanct Valentin Sauvignon St Michael Eppan DOC Alto Adige

    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

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    £27.95
  13. Sanct Valentin Chardonnay St Michael Eppan DOC Alto Adige

    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.

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    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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  14. Sauvignon Blanc Lahn St Michael Eppan DOC Alto Adige

    Expovina - Silver Medal

    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 priviledge of Hanz Terzer, one of the most highly regarded winemakers in the world, making their wines!

    This wine is excellent, not far off their legendary Sanct Valentin Sauvignon in quality.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £16.96
  15. Lugana Sansonina

    An excellent example of hand crafted Lugana from Carla Prospero and Nadia Zenato. Full flavoured and full bodied. Strong fruit flavours, full and round in the mouth with a crisp finish.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £18.95
  16. Lugana Massoni Santa Cristina DOC

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

     

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £16.00
  17. Chardonnay Santa Cristina Garda DOC

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

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £13.99
  18. Lugana Riserva Sergio Zenato

    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

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    £26.95
  19. Moncaro Atavico Verdicchio Classico Superiore no added sulphite wine

    Moncaro Atavico Verdicchio is a classy Verdicchio with the benefit of no added sulphites. It is both a Classico meaning it comes from the best area, and a Superiore meaning it has to attain a a certain standard. Moncaro are a big producer in Le Marche, but they are also part of the Wine Research Team, a small band of Italian producers pioneering organic wine production so they've made a couple of good no added sulphite wines.

    Free sulphur: 0

    Organic: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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  20. Soave Classico 'Colombara' Zenato DOC

    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

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    £10.99
  21. Argiolas Angialis IGT Isola dei Nuraghi 50cl

    Angialis IGT Isola dei Nuraghi Argiolas is a fantastic dessert wine from one of Sardinia's best producers. It's a world class wine.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £26.95
  22. Moncaro Trebbiano

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

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £7.99
  23. Moncaro Marche Bianco "Terre Cortesi" IGT

    Moncaro Marche Bianco "Terre Cortesi" IGT is a great fresh and fruity white wine, ideal with or without food for every day drinking.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £7.00
  24. Pinot Grigio delle Venezie IGT Ardesia

    A decent, easy drinking Pinot Grigio. Soft and fruity with a dry finish.

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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