Central & Southern Italy

As Italy has risen from its vinous ashes since WWII, the focus of most wine lovers and critics attention has been the big name regions – Tuscany, Piemonte, Veneto, Friuli etc have dominated the conversation surrounding quality and interest from the Italian Peninsula. There’s no harm in that of course, these regions have led the way back into the hearts and minds of quality consumers the world over and, while they continue to do so, there is also soooo much more happening in Italy wine-wise that is exciting, challenging and ultimately incredibly rewarding for those willing to cotinue their Italina wine journey.

This offer and tasting focusses in on a few producers (there’s always a frustration with Italy that you can only scrape the surface in an offer like this) we’ve seen in recent times that inhabit the regions across the Centre and South of Rome. I know Tuscany is the centre but we’re making this one an ABT – anywhere but Tuscany tasting and concentrating instead on wines from the oft-overlooked areas of Umbria, Marche, Puglia, Campania as well as a little wine from Sicily and even the island of Salina.

What the press are saying about some of these regions:

The baseline quality level of the Marche’s wines is among the highest in Italy, with few truly bad wines these days. There are noteworthy peaks too, including some of Italy’s most ageworthy whites (made with Verdicchio) and unique aromatic reds (from the Lacrima and Vernaccia Nera varieties).

Sitting down and writing my annual Sicily report has never been so exciting. I don’t remember the last time I tasted through so many world-class wines, both white and red, from Sicily; probably never, in fact.

Campania’s white wines vie with those of Alto Adige and Friuli Venezia Giulia for top spot on Italy’s list of quality whites.

A new generation of viticulturists and winemakers is now joining the family wineries, and thanks to this younger set, which has studied and traveled the world, Abruzzo’s (and to a lesser extent, Molise’s) wines are not only improving, but have never been better.


Michael McNamara