Drink Italia: Dessert wines

Although we now associate Italy with iconic red wines, in fact, the greatest wines of Ancient Rome were sweet whites. Italia! delves into Italian dessert wines… The Classical texts of Cato, Pliny and Virgil tell us that the Romans liked their wines white, sweet and oak-aged. This was (and still is) achieved by picking selected bunches of grapes, preferably More...

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By Italia Travel & Life On Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Drink Italia: Tuscan reds

From ‘Super Tuscan’ to Brunello, there are plenty of fine Tuscan non-Chianti reds, and they’re not all super-expensive either. Here’s a selection of Tuscan reds your wallet will love… Traditionally More...

By Italia Travel & Life On Friday, January 13th, 2017

Now you can get your favourite Italian wine delivered straight through your letterbox

The wine bottle has been through many changes since it was first developed in 3,000 BC – but today not one rivals a new design for sheer 21st Century convenience. Image: Garcon Wines Mail-order subscription More...

By Italia Travel & Life On Monday, November 14th, 2016

Top 3 Italian Liquers

Italy’s liqueurs, aperitivi and digestivi are as diverse as the abundant variety of regional food and wine… Averna Amaro Perhaps the least well-known of our trio, this little gem deserves a wider audience. More...

By Italia Travel & Life On Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Top Italian Food and Wine Festivals

How do you choose from the thousands of gastronomic festivals throughout Italy? We’ve made it easy for you with five of the best to tickle your tastebuds… White truffles exposition at the International Fair More...

By Italia Travel & Life On Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Top Five Spirits & Liqueurs

From the sweet and fruity to the bitter and boisterous, Italy has an impressive heritage of alcoholic tipples. We had a lot of fun picking our five of the best… Grappa One of Italy’s oldest alcoholic drinks, More...

By Italia Travel & Life On Friday, September 9th, 2016

Viewpoint, Brunello di Montalcino

Sangiovese is the only grape permitted in the Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, where the people of the town make one of Italy’s best wines. But eight years ago, they nearly lost it all… In 2008, a scandal broke More...

By Italia Travel & Life On Thursday, May 26th, 2016


Think of it as Italian firewater? An end-of-meal tipple to be feared as much as revered? Paul Pettengale explains why quality grappa should be sipped and savoured… You know the drill. You’ve enjoyed your welcoming More...

By Italia Travel & Life On Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Wines of the Veneto

The northeastern region of the Veneto combines gentle plains in the south with mountains in the north. From robust reds to subtle prosecco wines, it really does have it all… It’s the largest-producing region More...

By Italia Travel & Life On Monday, May 9th, 2016

School of Wine

Would you want your children to be taught how to drink wine…let us know what your reaction to this news snippet is… Italian school children as young as six could soon be taught how to drink wine. More...