South of Padua lie the Euganean Hills, known locally as the ‘happy hills’; rightfully so when Prosecco is around. Here volcanic soils lend a flinty minerality to the orchard fresh flavours of Prosecco. Enjoy a crisp glass of this frizzante.
This is a special Pinot Grigio from Alessandro Gallici, the winemaker behind many of our best-selling northern Italians. Being a local, he knows all the best sites for seriously good grapes. His Pinot Grigio is a super citrusy, crisp white.
We've worked with Alessandro Gallici for over 15 years and, like our customers, love the wines that he makes. He was born in Friuli, but doesn't come from a long line of winemakers. His dad was a truck driver, but everyone in the village used to have a few rows of vines and, from these, each family used to make a bit of wine. All this fascinated Alessandro as he was growing up and winemaking became his chosen career. For some years he was president of a local winery but in 2010 he started up on his own and his wines have continued to impress us. Made with grapes from the region's top areas, this wine delivers delicate pear fruit and crisp minerally ‘zing’. The 187ml bottle size is perfect for picnics or to enjoy a solo glass of an evening.
A taste of Nero di Troia, one of Puglia’s finest grapes. Made by top Italian winemaker Andrea Bernardini, it's a velvety red full of blackberry, violet and smoky vanilla spice.
Top winemaker Andrea Bernardini has discovered just how to get the most from the superb Nero di Troia grape. The result is the deliciously dark, velvety Corsiero. No need to blend Nero di Troia with softer varieties – gently pressed and carefully vinified, it makes a seductive, deeply flavoured, fruit-rich red. Nero di Troia is named after the town of Troia in northern Puglia, said to have been founded by Greek hero Diomedes, famous for helping to defeat the city of Troy in Asia Minor (yes, the grape really is that old!). Just outside Troia, the story goes, Diomedes planted vine cuttings named Nero after the dark colour of the grape skins and the deep-hued wine. Rich, warming Corsiero is perfect with rich pasta dishes, game or hearty stew.
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