Italian Native Varietals

Our Discovery Boxes are a great way to try a new varietal or to simply stick with something you know and love!

The six bottles will be packed in one of our beautiful wooden boxes, wrapped and ribboned and ready for you to collect, or we will deliver it to you, free of charge

Included is an information sheet (or cheat sheet), with a description of each wine and which food to pair it with.  Impress everyone at your next dinner party!

There are over 2000 native varietals of wine grapes cultivated in Italy, and approximately 400 of those are used in table wine production. Some are more well known than others such as Pinot Grigio, Vermentino, Sangiovese, and Nebbiolo, whereas Primitivo, and Nero D’avola is lesser-known internationally but are staples back home in Italy. The wines chosen in this box will take you on a red wine journey around Italy, from the sun-drenched soils of Sicily to the hillsides of Piedmonte and Barolo. The terroirs of Italy shine through in the native varietals as the grapes have adapted to flourish in their surroundings.  

    1. Corleto Aglianico, Salerno 2012

    Another deeply colored wine with an aromatic nose of fresh red and black fruit, cinnamon, and sweet spices. Rich on the palate with silky tannins and a long finish. Stainless steel fermentation keeps this wine fruit-driven with 12 months in old oak to soften the tannins.

    Food Pairing: This wine wants to be with rich foods; such as venison, oxtail stew, prime rib, or if mushroom and kale soup.

    2. San Giorgio, Silenzi Infiniti, Primitivo, Puglia, 2017

    A classic Primitivo with rich, ripe blackberries, dark cherries, vanilla and cinnamon on the nose, following through to a juicy, ripe palate and bright acidity.

    Food Pairing: The fresh acid means this wine pairs beautifully with tomato-based pasta dishes, ragus, and pizza.

    3. Tiranno, Malvasia Nera, Salento, 2014

    Rich intense aromas of toast, charcoal, cocoa, tar, and dried black fruits. Very concentrated on the palate with obvious oak-derived spices, pronounced licorice, prune, and dried fruits, ending on a long, black-fruits-dominated-finish.

    Food Pairing: A great wine for games meats, such as venison or roast duck and polenta.

    4. Giacomo Grimaldi, Pistin, Barbera d’alba 2016

    This is a fresh and pleasant wine; al sight it strikes with a shining ruby red color with purple reflection, while, in the nose, it emanates aromas of berries with hints of vanilla and ginger. In the mouth, it comes fresh and complex with a balanced finish. Pairs well with the traditional cold cuts from Piedmonte.

    5. Giacomo Grimaldi Barolo, 2013

    This is a wonderful classic Barolo with typical class and style made from grapes grown near the town of Barolo itself. Aged 50% in large oak barrels and 50% smaller oak barrique for 22-24 months. With a garnet color and expansive cherry and tar aromas, it is a great food wine.

    Food Pairing: This is an elegant and sophisticated Barolo, enjoy with porcini and white truffle risotto, roasted quail, pheasant or other fatty meats.

    6. Emporer’s Nero D’avola, Sicily, 2017

    This wine is made up of 100% Nero D’avola, a Sicilian native! It has a complex nose of forest fruits, blackberry, violet flowers, and cloves. On the palate, it is juicy and full-bodied, with soft rounded tannins and a fresh acidity.

    Food Pairing: Enjoy with oxtail stew or barbeque bacon burgers.                                                                                                     


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