The name of this wine comes from the homonymous city located north of Lecce, an area of vineyards and olive groves, where you can find scattered farms and ancient watchtowers.The wine is produced with grapes from Negroamaro for the most part, and black Malvasia.
Pinot Grigio became so popular that some producers cut corners and many are rather thin. That could certainly not be said about this one, made by the talented Biscardo family in the grape’s homeland of the Veneto.
This wine comes from Puglia in Italy’s deep south where it is hot with low rainfall. Soils are deep clay and much of the cultivation is still traditional, giving low yields and full bodied wines with ripe southern flavours.
From Puglia in Italy’s deep south where it is hot with low rainfall. Soils are deep clay and much of the cultivation is still traditional, giving low yields and full bodied wines with ripe southern flavours. The days when southern wines were cheap and cheerful are long gone, now they are really good.
Nero D’Avola is the most Sicilian of grapes, originating in Syracuse, and gives a wine with body and extract and aromas of black fruits with a trace of spice. The Coraldo vineyards are in the west of the island on clay soils and grown on espaliers.
Pinot Grigio is called “grigio” (grey) because it has more colour in the grapeskin than most white grapes, and with careful winemaking (cold maceration and the red wine process) it can offer a pale rosé colour, hence the name “blush”.
This is a special vintage cuvee made by the Biscardo brothers in the northern Veneto, the heartland of the region and the vineyards which made it famous. This is “proper” vintage Prosecco.
The peculiarity of this wine comes from the particular tufaceous soil, which gives a special minerality to the wine. There are a few hectares, around 12, therefore an extremely limited yield
This is a delicious and versatile wine. It is made using a long slow fermentation in inox tanks and is then left on its lees for about five months to soak up more depth of flavour.
This is both an interesting and excellent value wine. It is made by the “apassimento” process involving the addition of partially dried grapes to the fermentation giving extra body, texture and complexity.
This wine proves the quality they are producing in Sicily these days. The vines are cultivated on clay soils at an altitude of between 300-600 metres, and the wine is fermented in small steel tanks and the Pinot Noir is aged in wood before blending.
This is extra quality Valpolicella, between standard and Amarone, made in the Veneto by the ripasso method: drying the grapes for about 4 months during which they lose about a third of their water content. The wine is therefore fuller and more concentrated
Hailing from Sicily this is a blend of Sicilian and French grape varieties which gives a slightly softer feel yet offers all the ripeness one expects. The grapes grow on clay soils in western Sicily, inland from Marsala and the wines are made in a super modern winery.
Another classic from Sicily, made with Sicilian grape varieties from old vines but using a winemaking technique from northern Italy: Apassimento, or drying the grapes, giving more body and complexity. In this case, only the Nero D’Avola is dried giving great character but not excessive weight.
The exposure of the vineyard is North/South and it is cultivated with Guyot system. The seasonal average production does not exceed 100 quintals per hectare.
Made by the talented and experienced Biscardo family in the northern Veneto, this is precisely what one should be able to expect of Pinot Grigio: a well-made wine with plenty of flavour. The “diamonds” on the bottle shoulder are genuine Swarovski, making it an ideal gift.
Moscato d’Asti is absolutely delicious. It only has about 5% alcohol and is sweet and sparkling but is so intensely aromatic both to the nose and palate that it is irresistible. It is made by a process of partial fermentation which retains aromatic freshness, natural grape sugar and carbon dioxide. This example from Rivetto is an absolute classic,...
Made by the Biscardo family in the northern Veneto, this is “proper” Prosecco made by the traditional method: fermented twice. The “diamonds” on the bottle neck are genuine Swarovski, making it the perfect gift.
An old traditional wine that is fresh and velvety, the grapes for the Rosso di Montalcino come partly from the same vineyards dedicated to the production of Brunello and partly from more recently planted vineyards. Pure Sangiovese with fruity aromas, notable structure and persistence, it is both an elegant and very versatile wine.
From the undulating Langhe hills of Piemonte with clay and limestone soils. Rivetto vineyards are farmed organically, giving real terroir character to the wines. Made from the same grape as Barolo and Barbaresco, this is a more everyday version, but recognised for its value for money.
From the Alban hills in Italy’s Piemonte, Barbera is a lighter wine than Barolo, but offers great quality and versatility and can be drunk sooner. From the excellent family owned organic Rivetto estate where everything is dictated by nature, Zio Nando comes from a vineyard with calcareous soils and the grapes are macerated for 2 days before 10 days’...
This glossy and fragrant wine opens with heady woodland berry, menthol, botanical herb, iris, new leather and exotic spice aromas. The palate delivers Marasca cherry, clove, pipe tobacco and savory mineral notes held taut by fine-grained tannins and vibrant acidity.
Barolo is one of Italy’s top reds. Soils are clay and limestone and the Rivetto vineyards are farmed organically, giving real terroir character to the wines. They do things traditionally here and every wine expresses its vineyard origin, and is a very friendly example of Piemontese wine.
The Brunello di Montalcino is obtained from the meticulous selection of Sangiovese grapes from the estate’s best vineyards. It is the product of diligent and thorough fieldwork and of focused operations in the wine cellar which preserve the essence of the Sangiovese grape and exalt the qualities of a wine which every bottle reflects over history and time.
This is the best of the three Barbera d’Albas from Rivetto. They come from different vineyards and express different microclimates and soils, all of which are slightly different but mainly calcareous and all of which are organic. This is from a 3 hectare vineyard and selected grapes are macerated for 2 days then fermented for 15 days. The wine is aged...
Barolo, “the king of wines and the wine of kings” comes from vineyards around the town of Barolo in the Piemonte region of northwest Italy, south of Turin and in the foothills of the Alps. Soils are calcareous and climate is unique with hot humid summers and cold foggy winters. Despite this, it is one of Italy’s great wines, but needs careful ageing....