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From Bologna to southern Rome, Central Italy is home to many wines you will recognize the names of from the trip to your local wine merchant. Everyone has heard about the Super Tuscans, Chiantis, Montepulciano, but what exactly are they, I hear you asking. Let us share the love we have for this region and tell you why we love it so much.
Grapes likes Verdicchio, Pecorino, Malvasia, Sangiovese, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Montepulciano (the grape, not to be confused with Montepulciano Vino Nobile which is made of Sangiovese – I know, it gets tricky), thrive in this regions climate.
Tuscany is possibly the most well-known region from this area and home of some of the most iconic wines such as Sassicaia, Tignanello, Ornellaia, which you can find on our shelves. Wines like these are meant to sit in your cellar for many years to come but we can always direct you to something of the likes and ready to pop the cork and surprise your friends at a dinner party. Check out Poggio Al Tesoro, they bought their first vineyard in ‘Le Sondraia’ which is next door to Ornellaia and make outstanding wines at amazing prices, check out ‘Il Seggio’, you will love it.
Tuscany is also the home of the Sangiovese and producers like Fontodi are amazing producers and have been in Chianti for centuries. We can’t get enough of their wines and their Chianti Classico Fontodi is one of our most popular wines. We recently added the Flaccianello Della Pieve Fontodi , which you will find in all of the top restaurants in London.
From the Abruzzo wine region, which sits just by the Adriatic sea, we stock wines such as Giulia Pecorino, Marina Cvetic Montepulciano and Valentini Trebbiano d’Abruzzo. This region is famous for their powerful yet very elegant and fresh wines, that are highly influenced by the sea shores.
Lazio, the area surrounding the capital of Rome, is now becoming famous for their wines.The volcanic soil and the closeness to Lake Bolsena provides a unique microclimate that helped the region to keep majority of their ancient grapes, such as Aleatico, Malvasia and Trebbiano. From this region you should definitely try our Andrea Occhipinti Vino Rosso ‘Alea Viva’. This is a wine that encapsulates tradition and we like to believe it was the preferred wine of ancient Romans.