Italian Imports have landed! We tasted hundreds of wines earlier this year, at the massive German Trade wine fair Prowein, as Vinitaly and in Italy itself.
We tasted the wines at least twice overseas and then the shortlist of best wines back in Australia, eventually choosing just the 17 wines which are now in stock, everyone of which we can very confidently recommend to you.
CA’ DE LION are a boutique producer who have been based in the Piedmont since 1655, making booze for the last 148 years. We’ve chosen to start with two of their brilliant Barberas both from Asti. These are exceptional examples of Barbera and we are delighted to be able to share them with you.
CA’ BOTTA is based in the Valpolicella DOC region about half an hour from Verona and makes wine exclusively from dried grapes. In normal winemaking a kilo of grapes makes roughly one bottle of wine. Even their ‘entry level’ wines like the Rubicondo are produced from dried grapes – 1.2kg’s per bottle. At the other end of the spectrum each bottle of the supremely concentrated Il Priore contains 4.3 kgs of fruit. These wines are beautifully balanced and offer excellent balance and fruit intensity.
CONTE DI CAMPIANO is located in a small town on a hilltop in the northeast of Verona with origins in late 1950s. The winery sources fruit from a large number of different regions and produces a stack of different wines, too many to mention here. We decided to start by importing just one, from one of the rarest varieties – Susumaniello. We’ve now added a Primitivo di Manduria and a Nero di Troia both of which are stunning.
SCHOLA SARMENTI can be found in the Salento region of Italy and specialise in Primitivo and Negro Amaro. They work with an unusually high percentage of old vines and have been instrumental in preserving the ancient Apulian vine training system called Albarello. Also known as "little trees", it’s a form of cultivation which requires intensive manual care of each vine and ongoing pruning… it is expensive to do but allows good aeration and light exposure for the fruit, and produces wines with an unusual intensity of flavour. Schola do not use chemical fertilisers or weed killers and while not organically certified, they grow their fruit using organic methods. These are delicious, handcrafted wines made with love.