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.

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  1. 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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  2. 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
  3. 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.

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

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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  4. 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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