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.


Stefano Inamais one ofItaly’s great ambassadors, tireless in his ambition not only to make wines of the highest quality in this great region, but also to bring them to a wider audience.  His 30 hectare estate was established by his father Giuseppe in the early 1960s, and is centred on the steep volcanic slopes of the Monte Foscarino, high above the medieval walled town ofSoave.  The local grape variety, Garganega, is naturally precocious, but the rocky slopes, combined with Stefano’s very tough pruning and canopy management of the vines ensures that yields here are among the lowest in Soave.  His very attractive labels, incidentally, were designed by an English architect friend.

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2012 Soave Classico Campo dei Tovi, Stefano Inama x 6
 6 Bottles
Pale lemon gold colour. Very intense aromas. Delicious breadth of fruit on the palate with a lovely honeyed quality and really tremendous length. A truly stunning Soave. 

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