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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.




Villa Giustiniani

The late 16th century Villa Giustiniani in Spresiano, close to the River Paive, is the headquarters of a 435 hectare estate the heart of which was owned for many years by the Giustiniani family before passing to the Order of Malta.  Mostly given over to arable farming on the fertile river plain, there are also 15 hectares of pear orchards, 40 hectares of walnut trees and 20 hectares of vineyards.  Of these, 10 are planted with Prosecco for the production of this delicious sparkling wine.

 
Villa Giustiniani

Sparkling

 
 
DRINK DATE
UNITS/CASE
IN-BOND
INCL. VAT 
NV Prosecco Extra Dry, Villa Giustiniani x 6
 2016-2019
 6 Bottles
£61.00
£93.00
Made entirely from the Prosecco grape. Very pale lemon colour and fine mousse. Pretty floral aromas. Full of lovely freshness on the palate, with attractive white fruit flavours and a clean, fresh finish. Extraordinarily good value. 

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