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Italy

Of the many wine producing regions of Italy, we concentrate principally on two - Tuscany and Piedmont - where arguably the finest wines are made. Tuscany is the home of Sangiovese - which finds its greatest expression in the wines of Montalcino - while Piedmont is the home of Nebbiolo - the grape variety of Barolo and Barbaresco. In addition, we have wines from Friuli in the far northeast, close to the border with Slovenia, from the Veneto (particularly famous for the sparkling wines made from Prosecco) and from Umbria, where quality can be very fine, while price remains remarkably reasonable.

Wine production in Italy has undergone an extraordinarily rapid period of change over the last 20 to 30 years. Gone is the obsession, born at least in part from the impoverishment of the post-War years, for producing the maximum possible volume from the vineyards, which resulted in the production of vast quantities of dilute, under-ripe and poorly made wines. The generation of the increasingly affluent decades of the 1970s and 1980s, which has now taken control of family vineyards, has very different ideas. The transparency of the global market, and the competition for the attention of wine drinkers has brought in its wake the realisation that wine, however cheap, will not sell if the quality is not there. Now we have a generation of Italian producers making wines of the highest quality at all levels of price.




Ampeleia

Ampeleia is a beautiful & elegant Super Tuscan from Elisabetta Foradori’s new estate located in the hills of the Maremma region high above the Tuscan coast. Maremma's reputation is burgeoning, and whilst this particular Maremma gem continues to fly under the radar it offers nothing short of astonishing value for money.

Elisabetta is one of Italy’s leading winemakers with a fine reputation founded on the outstanding wines produced at her estate in Trentino and she has brought all of her dynamism and talent to bear on this exciting Tuscan venture, delivering truly authentic Super-Tuscan finesse without the high prices usually associated with Tuscans of this quality.

 
Ampeleia vineyards

Red

 
 
DRINK DATE
UNITS/CASE
IN-BOND
INCL. VAT 
2005 Ampeleia, Maremma Toscana x 6
 2010-2019
 6 Bottles
£137.50
£180.00
"The 2005 Ampeleia is a rich, sensual wine endowed with layers of spiced dark fruit, minerals and flowers. Smoke, tar, leather and licorice nuances develop in the glass, adding further complexity. The Ampeleia shows terrific balance and harmony, particularly within the context of the vintage. This is a wonderful effort from proprietor Elisabetta Foradori. 92" Robert Parker 
2011 Ampeleia, Maremma Toscana x 6
 2014-2024
 6 Bottles
£137.50
£180.00
 
2012 Ampeleia, Maremma Toscana x 6
 2015-2025
 6 Bottles
£123.00
£163.50
 
2013 Kepos, Ampeleia x 6
 2015-2020
 6 Bottles
£82.50
£114.00
 
2013 Ampeleia, Maremma Toscana x 6
 2016-2026
 6 Bottles
£123.00
£163.50
 
2014 Kepos, Ampeleia x 6
 2016-2021
 6 Bottles
£82.50
£114.00
 

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