Italian Wine

Northern Italy

The Italian Alps, curving round Northern Italy, provide a large range of terroirs – vineyards are found on steep, cool mountain sides; on sheltered valleys in the foothills; and on flat plains, shadowed by Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn. Grapes grown at cool, high altitudes produce delicate and crisp flavours and both reds and whites; while the more sheltered spots benefit from a long and hot ripening season, producing softly creamy and fruity whites, and big, intense, tannic reds.

White

Conviviale Pinot Grigio £8.50
Fresh citrusy acidity, balanced by notes of ripe orchard fruits with hints of honey and peach.
Tenute Il Cascinone Fontanino Riesling £10.50
A delicate dry white with notes of lime, stone fruit, petrol, and lemongrass, with good minerality.
Bottega Vinai Trentino Nosiola £11
Fresh and crisp, with notes of apple, pear, peach, honey, florals and white spice, with a nutty finish.
Gavi La Battistina £12.50
Aromatic and zesty, with notes of apple, lime and white flower, and a lovely creamy texture.
Gavi di Gavi Nuovo Quadro £14.50
White peach, pear, lime and gooseberry are balanced by crisp acidity, minerality, and a textural finish.
ILatium Soave Campo le Calle £16
A floral bouquet and a succulently fruity palate – apple, peach, exotic fruit, and good mineral tones.
Pratello Lugana Turbiana £18
A wine with a captivating silky texture and jam packed with leesy, nutty and lemon citrus flavours.
Alois Lageder Pinot Bianco £18
A light and refreshing white with crisp, mineral notes and flavours of pears and yellow plum fruit.

WHITE
Conviviale Pinot Grigio £8.50 vv
Tenute Il Cascinone Fontanino Riesling £10.50 vv
Bottega Vinai Trentino Nosiola £11.00 vv
Gavi La Battistina £12.50 vv
Gavi di Gavi Nuovo Quadro £14.50 vv
Latium Soave Campo le Calle £16.00 vv
Pratello Lugana Turbiana £18.00 vo
Alois Lageder Pinot Bianco £18.00 vv

Red

Tenute Il Cascinone Crocera Barbera £10.50
A rich Italian red, with punchy flavours of ripe black cherry, damson and dark chocolate on the finish.
Montresor Bardolino £11
Delicately fruity, with bright crunchy red fruits and light florals. Bitter cherry and almonds on the finish.
Valpolicella Ripasso Belvedere £17
Distinctive notes of cherry jam, vanilla, balsamic vinegar, dried fig, and black pepper.
Rive Barbera D’Asti £17
A rich and voluptuous: notes of blackberries, black cherries, spice, toasted oak, and dark chocolate.
ILatium Morini Valpolicella Ripasso £21
An intense red, full of flavour: sour cherry, raisins, sultanas, fresh herbs, with lovely earthiness and a soft tannic finish.
Alois Lageder Pinot Noir £22
Fresh cherries and a hint of baking spice, with a smooth and refreshing texture and a lightly dry finish.
Alasia Barolo £23
Plum, leather, woodsmoke, spice, and delicate violet aromas, with ripe tannins and complex savoury notes.
Bruno Giacosa Dolcetto d”Alba £27
Full of crunchy blackberry, vibrant cherry and strawberry, with elegant hints of violet and sweet dried herbs.
La Colombaia Amarone £29
Full bodied, and abundant with plum and cherry notes, coffee, spice and hints of dried fruit and chocolate.
Balgera Valtellina Sassella £32
This wine spends a year in tank and 10 more years in barrel, but is still beautifully fresh and fruity! Notes of strawberries and rose.
ILatium Morini Amarone £44
Rich, balanced, and sophisticated. Ample ripe black fruit, sour cherries, herby and earthy notes, with rich flavours of prunes and raisins.
Bussia Barolo Dardi le Rose £45
A warm and elegant red. Plums, dried figs, leather, herbs, spice, and savoury meaty notes. The fine tannic structure and level of acidity means that this wine will age and improve for many years.

RED
Tenute Il Cascinone Crocera Barbera £10.50 vv
Montresor Bardolino £11.00 vv
Valpolicella Ripasso Belvedere £17.00
Rive Barbera D’Asti £17.00 vv
ILatium Morini Valpolicella Ripasso £21.00 vv
Alois Lageder Pinot Noir £22.00 vv
Alasia Barolo £23.00 vv
Bruno Giacosa Dolcetto d”Alba £27.00 vvo
La Colombaia Amarone £29.00 vv
Balgera Valtellina Sassella £32.00 vv
ILatium Morini Amarone £44.00 vv
Bussia Barolo Dardi le Rose £45.00 vv

Sparkling

Lunetta Prosecco Spumante £11
A light and fruity Prosecco with hints of apple and peach and a fresh, delicate fizz. Glera 100%
Lunetta Rose Spumante £12
A fresh and dry sparkling rosé with pretty red berry flavours. Glera 90%, Pinot Noir 10%
Gavi Spumante £14
A creamy italian sparkling wine, with notes of lemon and nuts. Cortese 100%
Ferghettina Franciacorta Brut £24
An exuberant Italian fizz with lively citrus flavours, and soft sweet notes of golden apples. Chardonnay 95%, Pinot Nero 5%

SPARKLING
Lunetta Prosecco Spumante £11.00 vv
Lunetta Rose Spumante £12.00
Gavi Spumante £14.00 vv
Ferghettina Franciacorta Brut £24.00 vv

Central Italy

To the East, vineyards lie on gentle hills stretching towards the Adriatic, with the cooling sea breezes tempering the Mediterranean heat. Here, the styles of wine tend towards thirst-quenching, with racy acidity and bright and lively fruit flavours. The West is dominated by red Sangiovese wines, and home to Italy’s most famous wine region: Tuscany. The rolling hills and warm climate produces the flavours we all associate with big Italian reds – generous flavours of red fruit with elegant notes of spice.

White

Altopiano Pinot Grigio £10
A light, crisp, and dry Pinot Grigio with notes of lemon, green apple, and blossom.
Feudo Antico Pecorino Terre di Chieti £12
Dry, crisp and full flavoured, with a bouquet of flowers and pleasant ripe fruit finish.
Ciu Ciu Falerio Oris Bianco £13
A fresh and vibrant white blend, with notes of honeysuckle, peach and lychee.
Scacciadiavoli Montefalco Grechetto £13.50
Sweet, fruity and floral bouquet, with a fresh acidity, and long and persistent fruity finish
Di Majo Norante Falanghina Rami £16
Beautifully creamy, with notes of bitter almonds, pine nuts, and savoury herbs, and a dry finish.
Sccaciadiavoli Montefalco Bianco £16
A bright and fresh dry white, with notes of sweet fruit, flowers, and a fresh acidity.

Feudo Antico Pecorino Biologico Tullum £18
A full bodied, well structured wine with citrus and tropical nuances, white peach and elegant floral touch.
Tenute Pieralisi Verdicchio Classico £20
Notes of apricot, pineapple, orchard fruit, white flower and citrus, underpinned by racy acidity and a touch of salinity.

WHITE
Altopiano Pinot Grigio £10.00 vvo
Feudo Antico Pecorino Terre di Chieti £12.00 vvo
Ciu Ciu Falerio Oris Bianco £13.00 vvo
Scacciadiavoli Montefalco Grechetto Umbria £13.50 vv
Di Majo Norante Falanghina Rami £16.00 vvo
Sccaciadiavoli Montefalco Bianco Umbria £16.00 vv
Feudo Antico Pecorino Biologico Tullum £18.00 vvo
Tenute Pieralisi Verdicchio Classico £20.00 vv

Red

Altopiano Montepulciano d’Abruzzo £9.50
Unoaked to preserve fresh, fruity flavours of red berry fruits, wild cherries, and violets.
Feudo Antico Montepulciano d’Abruzzo £12
Full bodied, with notes of red berry fruits, wild cherry, violets, and spices.
San Felice Chianti Classico £15.50
As the name suggests: a classic chianti! Fresh cherry and bramble flavours, with elegant spiciness and cedar.
Sccaciadiavoli Montefalco Rosso £16
A punchy red blend – big flavours of tart cherry and bramble, with a touch of savoury herbs, and a hefty tannic finish.
Rigogolo Di Castellina Toscana £16
Elegant, full fruity notes of red berries with a lovely warming spiciness and rich tannins.
La Mozza I Perazzi Morellino Di Scansano £18.50
Ripe crushed black cherries and raspberries, with light touches of violets, liquorice, spice and tobacco.
Damiano Ciolli Cesanese Di Olevano Romano £20
Medium bodied, with supple notes of fresh raspberry, herbs and flowers, and balanced tannins.
Campogiovanni Rosso Di Montalcino £20
Inviting notes of cherry, blackberry, plum, cedar wood, and spice, with a fresh acidity.
San Felice Il Grigio Chianti Classico Riserva £21
Textured, complex notes of black cherry, blackberry, spice, herbs, and tobacco, with juicy acidity.
Fattoria Le Pupille Morellino di Scansano £23
A bright and fruity red blend: ripe cherries, with hints of balsamic and spice, and a bracing acidity.
Le Sughere di Frassinello Maremma Toscana £24
This intense red has floral and dark fruit notes. It is well balanced, with a good acidity and a ripe and explosive finish.
Scacciadiavoli Sagrantino Umbria £25
Intense notes of ripe plums, red berries, herbs and spices. Grippy tannins are softened with leathery barrel flavours.
Campogiovanni Brunello di Montalcino £44
An expansive and complex red. Notes of wild berry fruit, plum, aromatic cedar, tobacco leaf, and tanned leather, with meaty flavours, fine-grained tannins, and a fruit-filled finish with notes of graphite.

RED
Altopiano Montepulciano d’Abruzzo £9.50 vvo
Feudo Antico Montepulciano d’Abruzzo £12.00 vvo
San Felice Chianti Classico £15.50 vv
Sccaciadiavoli Montefalco Rosso Umbria £16.00 vv
Rigogolo Di Castellina Toscana £16.00 vv
La Mozza I Perazzi Morellino Di Scansano £18.50 vv
Damiano Ciolli Cesanese Di Olevano Romano Lazio £20.00 on
Campogiovanni Rosso Di Montalcino £20.00
San Felice Il Grigio Chianti Classico Riserva £21.00
Fattoria Le Pupille Morellino di Scansano Riserva £23.00
Le Sughere di Frassinello Maremma Toscana £24.00
Scacciadiavoli Sagrantino Umbria £25.00 vv
Le Volte dell’Ornellaia Toscana £26.00 o
Campogiovanni Brunello di Montalcino £44.00

Southern Italy, Sicily and Sardinia

The ‘foot’ of Italy juts out into the blue waters of the Mediterranean, and basks in unrelenting sunshine. The heat and fertile, volcanic soils make this part of Italy one of the most prolific wine-producing ares in the world – infamously known as Europe’s “wine lake”. The overproduction of wine has also (unfairly) given Southern Italy a reputation for making “plonk”, but it’s warm climate makes it the perfect home to expressive and juicy grapes like Nero D’Avola, Greco, and Primitivo (the same grape known as Zinfandel in the USA). Modern winemakers have also focussed their attention on ancient local grape varieties (like susumaniello and cannonau) to deliciously express this unique terroir.

White

Ciello Bianco £10
Skin contact lends this wine grippy texture and a golden hue. Notes of sweet apple and herbs.
Rallo Bianco di Evro Insolia Sicilia £16
An elegant white, with fresh citrussy notes and crisp apple and a long, minerally finish.
Villa Raiano Greco Di Tufo £17
Savoury herbiness is balanced with fruity pear and grapefruit, with hints of florals, anise, citrus and chalk.
Agricola Punica Samas £18
A zesty and vivacious wine, with a wildflower bouquet and lots of peachy and grapey notes.

WHITE
Ciello Bianco £10.00 vvon
Rallo Bianco di Evro Insolia Sicilia £16.00 o
Villa Raiano Greco Di Tufo £17.00
Agricola Punica Samas £18.00 vv

Orange

Baglio Antico Catarrato £17
Richly textured, with fruity and bright wild-fermentation flavours.

ORANGE
Baglio Antico Catarrato £17.00 vvon

Red

Ancora Sangiovese £8
Fresh forest fruit flavours, with a touch of black pepper, balanced with a tangy acidity.
Ca di Ponti Nero D’Avola Sicilia £8.50
A full-flavoured, spicy red: strawberry, black cherry, bramble, bitter chocolate, and structured tannins.
Conviviale Primitivo £9.50
Rich notes of bramble fruit, plum, black cherry and a hint of sweet spice and dried figs.
Ciello Rosso £10
Generously fruity: black cherries, tart plum, and a whisper of moreish liquorish.
Tenute Rubino Negroamaro £12.50
Plum, blackberry and ripe cherry aromas, with a round taste and smooth tannins.
Vallone Salice Salentino £13
Mature, complex flavours of cherry, ripe plum, dried fruit, spice, and savoury notes.
Vallone Susumaniello £13
Vallone were pioneers in bringing back the native, rich and plummy grape, susumaniello.
Rallo Il Principe Nero d’Avola Sicilia £14
Cherries, blackcurrant, ripe red fruits, and a hint of spice, with a full, rounded texture.
Villa Raiano Aglianico £15
A powerful red: wild plum, bitter cherry, smoky/tarry notes, with a taut acidity and ripe tannins. 
Masseria Li Veli Orion Primitivo £16
A powerful and smooth red – notes of red fruits, cherries, and spicy notes of cinnamon and nutmeg.
Rallo Il Manto Nero d’Avola Sicilia £16
Mellow and balanced: soft and comforting flavours of red fruit and vanilla, with a smooth finish.
Masseria Li Veli Passamante Salice Salentino £16
Powerful flavours of fleshy red fruit, spicy notes of cinnamon and nutmeg, with a defined acidity.
Mora/Memo Nau Cannonau Sardinia £18
Unoaked to preserve fresh flavours of red berries, with notes of violet, spice, and coffee, with smooth tannins.
Agricola Punica Montessu Sardinia £21
A gorgeous intense red – full of luscious red fruits, with an elegant touch of liquorice and soft, rounded tannins.
Masseria Li Veli Askos Susumaniello £24
An elegant red with notes of fresh raspberry, cherry and blackcurrant, hints of liquorice and leather, and supple tannins.
Villa Raiano Taurasi £25
Layers of spicy black fruits, liquorice and dark chocolate, with spicy, smoky, and meaty notes, and hints of sour cherry. 
Masseria Li Veli Askos Primitivo £25
Red and black berries, plums, sweet spices, brushwood and Mediterranean scrub. 

RED
Ancora Sangiovese £8.00 vv
Ca di Ponti Nero D’Avola Sicilia £8.50 vv
Conviviale Primitivo £9.50 vv
Ciello Rosso Nero d’Avola Sicilia £10.00 vvon
Tenute Rubino Negroamaro £12.50 vv
Vallone Salice Salentino £13.00 vv
Vallone Susumaniello £13.00 vv
Rallo Il Principe Nero d’Avola Sicilia £14.00 o
Villa Raiano Aglianico £15.00
Masseria Li Veli Orion Primitivo £16.00 vv
Rallo Il Manto Nero d’Avola Sicilia £16.00 o
Masseria Li Veli Passamante Salice Salentino £16.00 vv
Mora/Memo Nau Cannonau Sardinia £18.00 vvo
Agricola Punica Montessu Sardinia £21.00 vv
Masseria Li Veli Askos Susumaniello £24.00 vv
Villa Raiano Taurasi £25.00
Masseria Li Veli Askos Primitivo £25.00 vv
Etnella Tracotanza Etna Rosso Sicilia £26.00 vvon

Key:
v = vegetarian
vv = vegan
o = organic
n = natural