There are 20 regions. There are over 1,000 different grape varieties. There are 118 IGTs (Indicazione Geografica Tipica), 330 DOCs (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) and 73 DOCGs (DOC "e Garantita"). How on earth can anyone ever get to grips with Italian wine? By going un passo alla volta – one step at a time…
Join us on Thursday evenings from May 13th as we travel around the place the Greeks used to call Œnotria – Land of Wine. Over the course of three sessions, we’ll take an in-depth look at the Italy’s best-known regions and styles of wine, learn something of their history, and using the power of Google Earth, explore the vineyards and discover just why they are so special.
Regardless of whether you have Italian blood running in your veins or are someone who has always found Italian wine a little daunting, there’ll be something here for you. We’ve put together a selection of six great wines (two per session) which you can have delivered for just £125 We'll also provide you with background information on the regions, wines and producers, along with serving suggestions, food recommendations and advice on how to keep your just-opened bottles in good condition for the next few days.
This 3 week course forms the second part of our long 6 Week course - To book all 6 session please CLICK HERE
The sessions run as follows:
Thursday 13th May: Tuscany
A land of spectacular scenery, spectacular architecture and spectacular wine, often at spectacular prices. Tuscany is a reign that combines ancient and modern to excellent effect, and we’ll see this in this pair of wines. One is a Sangiovese from the ‘Classico’ region of Chianti in the hills between Florence and Sienna, the other a blend of some rather familiar French grapes from an estate in the coastal zone of Bolgheri next door to the renowned Tenuta dell’Ornellaia.
Thursday 20th May: Veneto
It’s true that this region north of Venice and east of Verona produces some of the most insipid of Italian wines, but it’s also true that no one judges Bordeaux on the basis of its entry-level produce. So we’ll ignore the bog-standard Pinot Grigio and other dross and look at just what the best vineyards and producers of Veneto can do. We’ll try a single-vineyard Soave that ages as well as good white Burgundy, and an excellent Valpolicella that bucks the ‘ripasso’ dried grape trend and relies for its concentration instead on ripe fruit from low-yielding vineyards.
Thursday 27th May: The South Part I
Italian wine in general has undergone a huge renaissance, sorry, risorgimento in the last few years, and Southern Italy is where it has been felt most strongly. The result is that today, wines from the provinces of Calabria, Sicily, Puglia, Campania and Basilicata can proudly hold their heads up alongside more famous wines from further north. In this first of two Southern sessions, we’ll try an example of Greco, one of a number of white grapes that thrives in the hills of Campania. Then we’ll move south to where the rugged Aglianico grape produces rugged reds on the rugged volcanic slopes of Basilicata.
How it works
Each session will begin at 8pm and last around 90 minutes
Reserve your spot on the LIVE tasting session by adding this event to your basket (above).
Pay for wines separately - we'll send you the information to order them once you’ve booked, along with a Zoom meeting link so you can join the tasting sessions. You’ll need to place your order by Monday May 10th to ensure delivery in time for the first session
You only need to try a small sample of each of the wines – we’ll be giving you tips for how to treat the opened bottles so they’ll remain in good condition for the next few days.
Each event will be recorded so if you are unable to make a particular session or you want to revisit it at a late date, we can send you a recording afterwards. This course would make the perfect give for any wine lover. One ticket will entitle everyone in your household to take part in each of the tastings
The amazing wine list for the 3 sessions is: