Benvenuti to Stannary’s Italian EP offer, which features wines from some of Italy’s most celebrated estates alongside up-and-coming producers – and new additions to the portfolio that fall into both camps. The offer focuses on Piedmont and Tuscany, but encompasses a broad range of styles and grape varieties. It also includes fabulous wines from the mountains of the Valle d’Aoste and gentler hillsides of Friuli. If you were to drink nothing for the next year but the wines on offer here, you would not be bored.

The key vintages represented are 2018 for Piedmont and 2017 Brunello, two vintages of real charm, whose inherent openness coincides with a trend in both regions for lighter extraction, less overt oak influence and, at certain Piemontese estates, an increased proportion of whole-bunch fermentation. Consequently, although they can be cellared with confidence, even the grandest wines may be hard to resist in their youth.

We’re delighted to present a number of new additions to the Stannary portfolio, the newest being the fabulous wines of Az. Agr. Matteo Correggia, the leading light of Roero. Also offered for the first time are a stunning duo of négociant wines by Matthew Fioretti, winemaker at Brunello’s iconic Cerbaiona.

Not to be overlooked are earlier-drinking reds such as Sorì della Sorba’s Solo per Amore, and whites from the likes of Borgo del Tiglio, Le Due Terre and Elio Ottin, which cast a light on indigenous grapes while, in the case of Borgo del Tiglio (a real jewel of the portfolio), proving that Sauvignon Blanc has as much potential in Friuli as it does anywhere in the world.

It has been a joy to reconnect with all our Italian suppliers post-Lockdown, not least at this week’s London tasting. They are as warm-hearted and enthusiastic as they are talented, and their wines – wines to savour, to share and, of course, to pair with great food – are a reflection of that.

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