The selection of Italian wines you find online at www.lacantinawines.com.au will, of course, have plenty unfamiliar names. Once we have had a chance to explain them and, especially if you can drop in to La Cantina to taste a few wines, you’ll see an array of possibilities. Each producer has something special about them. There are a number of the wines we think you may fall for immediately; delicious, beautifully made and authentic drinks in relevant categories and at really good values. The whole range of Lenotti wines are a revelation; the whites are fresh, authentic and realistically priced. The reds include a remarkable Bardolino, a wine quickly being taken up by customers and even our staff, as their dream lighter red and each of the others delivers strongly. They are regular award winners in Italy. You’ll have to see these affordable Veneto classics for yourself!Nals Margreid are amongst our flagship producers, and their ice-cold whites are regarded amongst Alto-Adige’s best. They do gorgeous things with varieties like Pinot Bianco and Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon and Gewurztraminer.
The bounty continues, with a great value and diversity in the Piemontese wines with rich, pruney Barbera and licorice Nebbiolo from Giribaldi, and fresh and individual Moscato and Asti Spumante and the unique light red sparkler, Brachetto, from Abbazia. Our range is strong in the great wines of Piedmont with many names prominent in the making of Dolcetto, Barbera and Nebbiolo, especially in its supreme forms as Barolo and Barbaresco.
Of course Tuscany is strongly represented as well. There are the sleek and delicious ‘Super Tuscans’ from producers like Bulichella (where Joe Grilli makes his Italian wines) and the more trad wines of Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and the great Brunello of Montalcino. Prominent amongst these are deep, earthy and authentic tones of Le Fonti’s Chianti Classico and the ancient vines of Tenuta della Seta.
From further over to the Adriatic and heading south are zippy whites of Verdicchio and Trebbiano and reds of Montepulciano and Sangiovese – rich and juicy, but still Italian. These wines are not ‘industrial beverage’, but the dreams and work and craft of serious smaller producers. Our range of the lesser known wines of Italy’s south will grow with names like the dark and juicy Primitivo (which we call Zin) of Puglia, Calabria’s Ciro, and the great wines of Campania, the fascinating Fiano and Falanghina whites and the noble red Aglianico. From Sardinia will come Vermentino and the rich, spicy Canonau (Grenache) and from Sicily, the fresh ‘native’ wines Inzolia and Nero d’Avola and the famous fortifieds, Marsala.
A category we are enthusiastic about is Grappa. When people see the smooth, complex and characterful spirits crafted by (certified) artisanal like Quaglia, there will many more converts!
Already we have a strong and growing range of an Italian speciallity liqueurs, including La Marche’s favourite Anisette and the full range of the iconic Strega of Campania.
Maybe you can sense already how much we feel for this, and although this is all a work in progress, we aim to develop into one of Australia’s best collections. A treasure trove of Italian wines is online now at www.lacantinawines.com.au