Italian Grape Varieties

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As always, our Italian grape varieties come from the best quality growers. Our Italian brand of juices available in 23L pails.




  • Valpolicella region

  • From the Italian word amaro, meaning “bitter” this varietal has a tartness with a sweet edge. It has a deep ruby red colour with aromas of raisin, black cherry and elderberries

  • Pairs well with pasta with strong tomato or truffle sauce, beef and aged cheeses


  • Piedmont and Southern Lombardy regions

  • An aged Barbera has acquired the name “Barbera Superiore” over the years for its bright cherry fruit flavours, extremely dark colour and food-friendly acidity

  • Pairs well with roasted, grilled and stewed dishes of meat and poultry


  • Piedmont region

  • Lightly coloured with flavours of violets, wild herbs, raspberries and cherries

  • Pairs well with meat, rabbit, lamb and pastas with strong sauces


  • Tuscany region

  • Deep ruby red in colour with aromas of ripe plums, black cherries, blackberries and vanilla

  • Pairs well with red meat and poultry


  • Piedmont region

  • Its name “little sweet one” refers to the ease in which it grows. With flavours of concord grape, blackberries and herbs, making it a favourite for everyday drinking

  • Pairs well with pasta, savoury salamis and sharp pickled foods


  • Lombardy region

  • A dry wine by nature with aromas of strawberries with a slight bitter finish

Malvasia Nera

  • Piedmont region

  • A sweet and perfumed wine, sometimes elaborated in the passito style


  • Tuscany region

  • A darkly blue-coloured wine grape with a medium body with hints of berry, plum, and currant. Often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon to achieve higher tannin levels

  • Pairs well with shellfish, bacon and prosciutto


  • Abruzzo region

  • A developed wine with silky plum-like fruit flavours, friendly acidity and light tannin levels. Most recently more rich and inky versions of this wine have been produced, a sharp contrast of those produced in the past

  • Pairs well with various pasta dishes


  • Piedmont region

  • Known for its elegance and power with a bouquet of wild mushroom, truffle and roses, Nebbiolo by many wine enthusiasts is considered the greatest wine of Italy

  • Pairs well with strong, flavourful meats and well aged cheeses

Negro Amaro

  • Puglia region

  • With a name literally meaning “black and bitter”, this varietal is spicy, toasty and full of dark red fruit flavours

  • Pairs well with game and ripe, aged cheeses

Nero D’Avola

  • Sicily region

  • Nearly unheard of internationally until recent years, this varietal is gaining attention for its plumy fruit and sweet tannins

  • Pairs well with tomato based dishes, grilled salmon and roasted chicken


  • Tuscany region

  • Full of cherry fruit and oaky flavours, Sangiovese is typically blended with Bordeaux varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and aged in French oak barrels

  • Pairs well with chicken, red meat, fish, lamb, pork and pasta


  • Verona region

  • A light, fragrant wine with moderate tannins, good colour and aromas of cherry, herbs, chocolate and mocha

  • Pairs well with antipasto, lighter pasta dishes, seafood and lightly grilled white meats




  • Liguria region

  • A small grape with light body and somewhat neutral flavour while young. With more maturity this grape takes on honey, floral and perfume aromas

  • Pairs well with various fish dishes


  • Piedmont region

  • A crisp and floral varietal that has been growing in the Piedmont region since the 15th century

  • Pairs well with pasta, marinated mushroom and veal dishes


  • Mostly known for being leaner and crisper than those made in other countries, with light fruit flavours and mostly unoaked

  • Pairs well with lobster, crabmeat and cream sauces.


  • Lightest versions offer a clean, crisp finish, while those aged in small barrels may display lighter tannins with hints of vanilla

  • Pairs well with seafood antipasto dishes and grilled vegetables


  • Piemonte region

  • A white skinned grape with sweet perfume, crisp bite and strong notes of melon and citrus

  • Pairs well with various desserts

Pinot Gris

  • Veneto region

  • An extremely popular grape, characterized by its crispness and cleanness. Usually delicate and mild, but can grow into a more full-bodied and complex wine with aging

  • Pairs well with grilled fish, salads and seafood

Sauvignon Blanc

  • Regions of northeast Italy

  • A crisp, dry white wine with a reputation of cutting through pungent flavours such as raw garlic and smoked cheeses

  • Pairs well with fish and cheese dishes


  • Abruzzo region

  • The most widely planted white varietal in Italy, known as a pale and easy drinking wine. Many Italian producers of Trebbiano have been known to age for 15+ years

  • Pairs well with white fish with a squeeze of lemon, pasta and risotto dishes with minimal ingredients


  • Eastern Italy region near the Adriatic coast

  • A light, dry wine with hints of fresh apple and lemon when young

  • Pairs well with seafood and fish dishes


  • Liguria region

  • A light, attractively aromatic wine with refreshing acidity levels and lemon-tinged notes

  • Pairs well with fish and seafood dishes