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Ahhh … Italy! Home of renaissance literature, philosophy, science and some of the most heart warming food in the world. From North to South it would be a fair guess to say the only thing outnumbering churches and Vespa’s are the vast areas of vineyards.

One thing is certain, you’ll never run short of choice!

First Records of Wine Production – Go back millennia!

Founding Figures – The Greek colonisation marked a shift from vine grown in the wild to planned viticulture around 800 BC the Romans dramatically expanded production around 200 BC. The Italians never looked back!

Area Planted – Around 700,000 hectares making around 19% of the world’s wine!

Number of Wineries – Soave alone is made by 3,500 producers. That’s around the same number of wineries as in all of Australia! From gargistes to industrial scale conglomerates every Italian has a winemaker in the family.

Established Regions – Every region in Italy produces wine! The most prestigious region Piedmont is home to the stunning Nebbiolos of Barolo & Barbaresco. The Chianti and Brunello of Tuscany following hot on Piedmont’s heals. These are just a drop in the ocean!

In typical Italian style the classification systems of each region vary and are often skewed by influential persons with much to gain over the quality of the industry. As always we need to rely on our taste buds as the ultimate decider of quality!

Most Common VarietiesIn his book ‘Native Wine Grapes of Italy’ Ian D’Agata documents around 500 Italian grape varieties, by no means the complete set! Around 350 of these have been granted authorized status. There’s plenty to try! We’ve seen a push to save some of the notable, rare varietals like the white Nascetta and Arneis from Piedmont. 

Whilst we have seen an ingress of French Varietals, the most notable being the Cabernet Varietals + Syrah used to make the Super Tuscans, the Italians have, by and large stayed true to their roots.

White – Whites of note: Arneis (Piedmont), Cataratto (Sicily), Fiano (southwest coast), Friulano (Friuli), Gargenaga (Veneto – the Soave grape), Greco di Tufo (southwest coast), Malvasia Bianca (throughout Italy), Moscato Blanc (Piedmont), Pecorino (Abruzzo), Pinot Grigo (Why?), Ribolla Gialla (Friulli), Trebbiano (Abruzzo), Verdicchio (Marche) and Vermentino (Sardinia, Tuscany and Liguria).

Red – Aglianico (Campania), Barbera (Piedmont), Corvina blended with Rondinella to make Amarone, Dolcetto (Piedmont), Malvasia Nera (Puglia), Montepuliciano (Tuscany), Nebbiolo (Piedmont), Negaromaro (Puglia), Nero d’Avola (Sicily), Primitivo (Puglia), Sagrantino (Umbria) and Sangiovese (Tuscany).

Up and Coming Regions – Beyond Barolo and Barbaresco, around the world we have seen Amarone, Chianti, Soave, Prosecco, Verdicchio and the wines of Puglia gain strong recognition. In recent times the increasing cost of Barolo in particular has seen exploration of Nebbiolo from Alto Piedmonte and Valtellina. At the opposite end of the country, in part due to the investment of heavy hitters like ‘Barolo Boy’ Marco di Grazie (Terre Nere) and Andrea Franchetti (Passopisciaro) the Nerello Mascelese (red) and Carricante (white) wines of Etna, Sicily have become world recognised. Nerello Mascelese being described as some as the Barolo of the South or a cross between Nebbiolo and Pinot. I prefer to call it delicious!


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Passopisciaro Passorosso Nerello Mascelese 2018

These wines are spectacular, loaded with personality, a true expression of extreme sites!
$66
$63ea in any 3+
$60ea in any 6+
Only 3 Bottles!

Passopisciaro Contrada ‘PC’ Chardonnay 2019

“Intense straw yellow. Like the Passobianco but amplified and fortified with elegant oak notes. Peach and orange on the palate with the oak supporting the fruit. Concentrated and, at the same time, displaying a certain coolness. Drink 2021-2026” Walter Speller
$132
$127ea in any 3+
$122ea in any 6+

Perbacco!


One of the best value Langhe Nebbiolos on the market has to be Vietti’s Perbacco!

Get Ahead of the Curve!

Vietti ‘Perbacco’ Langhe Nebbiolo 2019

Two of the best value Neb's on the market have to be Vietti's Castiglione Barolo and this wine Vietti's Perbacco!
$54
$51ea in any 3+
$48ea in any 6+

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Vietti's 2017 Release!


The Whites

Vietti Arneis 2020

Arneis makes such beautiful wine. Morish and refreshing. A beautiful wine!
$49
$46ea in any 3+
$43ea in any 6+

Vietti Derthona Timorasso Colli Tortonesi 2019

The latest addition to the Vietti portfolio sees a white from the eastern most border of the Piedmont region. A perfect fit for Vietti with regard to their history of working with varietals of merit that for one reason or another have diminished over time. Timorasso makes beautiful wine the Massa is a cracker. I can't wait to try Vietti's version. With a wonderful array of flavours, textures, and, wonderful acidity the variety is loaded with personality & intrigue.
$78
$75ea in any 3+
$72ea in any 6+

Castiglione

Vietti Castiglione Barolo 2017

Show the class of the vineyards and the winemakers!
$136
$131ea in any 3+
$126ea in any 6+
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The Cru’s

Vietti Barbaresco ‘Masseria’ 2017

We've seen a lot more 2017 Barbaresco than Barolo, given they can be released 12 months earlier. I've been loving what I've seen thus far. They've been dynamic and full of energy. From Vietti: Ruby-red colour, with light garnet hues. Rich, powerful concentrated nose with hints of ripe fruit. Fresh and bodied on the palate. Notes of red and black fruits (strawberry, blueberry and blackberry). Well-integrated ripe soft and silky tannins. Particular almond note on the finish. It shows an overal
$198
$188ea in any 3+
$178ea in any 6+

Vietti Barolo ‘Brunate’ 2017

The 2017 Barolo Brunate is a powerful, brooding wine. Huge dark fruit, leather, spice, menthol and dried herbs all build in a potent Barolo that is enshrouded by tannins. The 2017 is going to need quite a bit of time in the cellar. Today, it is very much a brooding powerhouse. Dark wild cherry, licorice, tar, menthol and spice take shape in the glass, but the 2017 is clearly an infant, and an unruly one at that. Drink 2025 - 2042 Galloni
$440
$430ea in any 3+
$420ea in any 6+

Vietti Barolo ‘Rocche di Castiglione’ 2017

While Vietti's Villero is their Top Wine. This is my favorite!
$440
$430ea in any 3+
$420ea in any 6+

Vietti Barolo ‘Ravera’ 2017

The 2017 Barolo Ravera is a powerhouse. My impression is that the 2017 is going to develop into something truly special. It has all the energy that makes this site so distinctive, but with an extra kick of fruit density and a whole range of exotic aromatics that make for a truly drop dead gorgeous wine. Bright red/purplish fruit, rose petal, chalk and white pepper build into a finish laced with searing intensity. This is such and impressive wine. Drink 2027 - 2042 Galloni
$440
$430ea in any 3+
$420ea in any 6+

Vietti Barolo ‘Lazzarito’ 2017

Vietti's 2017 Barolo Lazzarito is absolutely gorgeous. Whatever the challenges of the growing season, they appear to have been no problem here. More than anything else, the Lazzarito impresses with its magnificent depth and stature. Super-ripe red fruit, white pepper, mint, tobacco, cured meat, spice and rose petal open gradually with time in the glass. I would not be in a rush to open bottles anytime soon. The Lazzarito has been one of the most improved wines at Vietti for a number of years. Th
$440
$430ea in any 3+
$420ea in any 6+



1 of 15 for the World!

The 2013 Riserva Villero

Vietti Barolo Riserva ‘Villero’ 2013

Vietti's Riserva 'Villero' is not made every year. Like all Barolo Riserva's it is matured for a few extra years before release.

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Comfort Wine is Here!

Contesa Montepulciano D’Abruzzo 2018

Every one knows about comfort food. I'd rate this as comfort wine! The kind of drop that you crack on a cold winters night & it just warms you up!
$30
$27ea in any 6+
$25ea in any 12+

Boasso Dolcetto d’Alba 2019

What a lunch / bbq / pizza / everything wine!
$34
$32ea in any 3+
$30ea in any 6+
Try something new!

Benevelli Piero Langhe Nebbiolo 2018

The Perfect intro to Nebbiolo from Italy! It's got all the complexity & style of good Neb. The Neb-Heads GO MENTAL!
$35
$34ea in any 6+
$33ea in any 12+
Try something new!

Benevelli Piero Langhe Nebbiolo 2020

The Perfect intro to Nebbiolo from Italy! It's got all the complexity & style of good Neb. The Neb-Heads GO MENTAL!
$35
$34ea in any 6+
$33ea in any 12+
So much intrigue!

Il Corincino “Il Corincino” Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2017

This was one of the first Italian white wines to grab my attention & was for a long time a house staple. Now it's back!
$39
$37ea in any 3+
$35ea in any 6+

Graci Etna Rosato 2020

Alberto's reds are delicious. His Etna Bianco and Rosatto are so easy to devour!
$39
$37ea in any 3+
$35ea in any 6+

Castellari Bergaglio Gavi di Tassarolo DOCG ‘Fornaci’ 2018

Gavi, like Soave, is a wine that takes its name from the region’s main village. The village, Gavi, is in southern Piedmont, bordering Liguria.
$41
$39ea in any 3+
$37ea in any 6+

Boasso Barbera d’Alba 2019

This is Cracking Barbera. Complete & Delicious!
$43
$40ea in any 3+
$37ea in any 6+

Vigne Marina Coppi Timorasso ‘Francesca’ 2020

Cracking wine for the coin & a great intro to Timorasso. The texture here is fascinating. A phenolic layer adds pleasing grip and that oh so Italian silvery line of bitterness that cleans the palate so beautifully. The textural components wrap the mid-weight fruit that's balanced with fine acid and modest alcohol. For an entry level wine there's a fair bit of fun to be had hear with a great set of flavours in the mix. Yet another example of just why Timorasso is rapidly increasing in both pr
$45
$42ea in any 3+
$39ea in any 6+

Talenti Rosso di Montalcino 2019

Talenti are clearly going to be a staple on the Wine Decoded list!
$46
$43ea in any 3+
$40ea in any 6+

Cogno Langhe Nascetta DOC del Comune di Novello ‘Anas-Cëtta’ 2019

Nascetta - Italy's answer to Gewurztraminer. Fragrant, spicy and fresh. This is a fun, youthful wine that is drinking well now but could possibly benefit from a little more time to develop, allowing the fruit and underlying structure to better harmonise. Wonderful aromas come swinging out of the glass, with pops of pity citrus, yellow stone fruits, white blossoms and a line of saline minerality. The palate marries ripe, juicy fruit with a savoury lines of lees and spicy white pepper; gentle p
$47
$43ea in any 3+
$39ea in any 6+
🍷Bravo Luca!🇮🇹

Roagna Dolcetto d’Alba 2018

This comes across more like a Neb than Dolcetto! None of the juby, puppy fat, perfumed, elegant, lovely texture and elevage .. just stunning!
$48
$46ea in any 3+
$44ea in any 6+

Tenutta Fessina Erse Rosso 2018

Excellent, dominantly Nerello Mascelese, slatey/silky tannins, lovely texture. Excellent set of flavours with fresh red countered with a dark edge. There is more to come here given a year or two to evolve. Looks like neutral large oak maturation. Hints of olives, woody herbs and an edge of spice. Nerello Mascalese 90%, Nerello Cappuccio 8%, Minnella, Carricante 2%
$49
$46ea in any 3+
$43ea in any 6+

Tenutta di Fessina Erse Bianco 2019

Nice little bit of funk, faintest flinty hit. It’s a funk that I see with wines with this kind of acid profile. Excellent juicy acid with line and length. Depth and persistence. Mineral with excellent citrus grapefruit and pith backed by a lovely core of fruit. Excellent transparency to this. So crisp and refreshing. Loads of energy. Delightful. Carricante 90%, Catarratto, Minnella 10%
$49
$46ea in any 3+
$43ea in any 6+

Vietti Arneis 2020

Arneis makes such beautiful wine. Morish and refreshing. A beautiful wine!
$49
$46ea in any 3+
$43ea in any 6+

Vietti Barbera d’Asti Tre Vigne 2019

Vietti's Barbera d'Asti has an excellent élévage. The 2017 Barberas are delicious drinking!
$49
$46ea in any 3+
$43ea in any 6+