Whilst the iDealwine team seeks to promote French viticultural savoir-faire across the world, we also want to track down the best of winemakers from further afield…as is evident in this selection crafted by our buying team!
Fine, Italian wines – abundance and eclecticism
If there is indeed a country as full and diverse in its wine production as France, it has to be Italy. Tuscany, Piedmont, Lombardy, Venice, Apulia, Abruzzo, Sicily…Each region has its particularities, its iconic domains and its rising stars. A truly exciting viticultural country that we hope to justly represent in our selection.
From Piedmont, we recommend the Giacomo Conterno domain, a national star producing fine, cellaring wines that are organic and vinified very naturally. The other regional icon is called Angelo Gaja, and the wines produced here are not to be missed. Luigi Pira, Elio Altare and Sottimano are probably the best domains to consider for your first encounter with this region’s beautiful wines.
Venice, too, cultivates globally recognised domains such as Dal Forno Romano for its Amarones – these wines become truly exceptional after extensive ageing. Giuseppe Quintarelli is also an uncontested figure whose cuvées cause a stir after their long ageing process.
From Tuscany, we hope you will one day have the chance to taste the legendary Masseto from Tenuta Dell’Ornellaia, a single-parcel cuvée from a fine terroir that built the reputation of the domain on its own. Complete your exploration of this region with wines from Conti Costanti, Biondi Santi, Duemani and the famous Tenuta San Guido – these will help you to master your knowledge of the finest Tuscan wines.
From other Italian regions, you absolutely need to try Elisabetta Foradori’s wines, a wonderful example of amphora maturing and some of the best that Trentino has to offer. Not to be missed either are the wines from Tenuta delle Terre Nere, Cos, Arianna Occhipinti and Nino Barraco from Sicily, as well as Emidio Pepe from Abruzzo.
Two emblematic Italian domains have recently joined the iDealwine network: Vietti and Il Poggione. Founded in 1919, the former is a domain in Piedmont that played a central role in building the region’s notoriety and is now unanimously acclaimed by critics. The latter is a historic Brunello di Montalcino domain (Tuscany), becoming, over time, its very heart.
Spain steeped in character
Whether it’s Priorat, Ribera Del Duero, Rioja, Toro, or the Madrid region, it’s certain that Spain is also a land of fine wines. This is proven quite justly by the Vega Sicilia domain: its famous Unico is one of the finest reds in the world, whilst its other cuvées are also sublime. If you’re looking for a good Rioja, Benjamin Romeo’s Bodega Contador has charmed wine enthusiasts with its elegant and sophisticated wines, whilst in the Toro AOC, Numanthia is a domain from the LVMH group that has also made a reference of itself. In the Madrid region, we warmly recommend the Comando G domain, where the finesse of the wines might surprise you, as well as the Daniel Landi domain (a new domain that iDealwine is proud to work with). Finally, let yourself be tempted by these particular favourites: Terroir al Limit, Alvaro Palacios, Mas Doix and Bodega Ossian.
Sublime German Rieslings
Perhaps we don’t think of it so often, but Germany produces some of the finest Rieslings. Egon Muller is evidently an emblem of this – the very best. Joh. Jos. Prum is another of our favourites, offering a rare quality-price ratio with their superb cuvées. Markus Molitor and Willi Schaefer are of the same calibre, so are sure to be a success for you. Finally, Fritz Haag and Donnhoff have some very tempting prices, with even their entry level wines proving to be lovely. And to top this off, iDealwine has many of these cuvées in vintages that are ready to be enjoyed.
Other European producers that deserve your attention
Of course, the world is vast and calls for exploration. But you also have to make choices at some point. To help you broaden your horizons, iDealwine can guide you step by step through the countries to discover. From Hungary, fall for the magic of domain Disnoko’s great Tokay wines. From Austria, why not try Domaine Wachau’s Gruner Veltliner or one of the Rieslings from Domaine Schloss Gobelsburg.
From Greece, get acquainted with native grape varieties thanks to the Hatzidakis, Thymioppoulos and Sclavus domains. Finally, from Portugal, it would be foolish not to try their national drink, Port! Our preference would be for the mature bottles from the great estates like Taylor, Croft and Quinta Do Noval. We’re also more and more interested in the country’s Vinho Verde, so that’s certainly one to watch.
Be open to the wines of the New World
The United States offer a huge diversity of terroirs, with many domains now reaching a very high level in terms of quality. It’s worth mentioning Château Boswel and the Sine Qua Non domain from the Napa Valley as well as Hiyu Farm and the Nicolas Jay domain in Oregon.
From Australia, the wines of Greenock Creek should be noted. New Zealand’s LVMH group has succeeded in charming the world with its Cloudy bay domain in Central Otago. The Klein Constantia domain in South Africa produces one of the world’s most famous dessert wines.
The Chilean Almaviva domain will convince lovers of powerful and sophisticated wines. Don’t miss out on the superb, biodynamic Domaine Luna Astral from Argentina, produced by one of the world’s 30 best oenologists according to Decanter. The LVMH group has also made headway in Argentina with its Cheval des Andes domain.
Last but not least, China has started to produce its own fine wines and the Xiaoling domain, located at the foot of the Himalayas, is bound to convince you.
Some of the most prestigious spirits
We’ll round off our world tour with some of the best spirits, many of which you’ll find in this sale. What do you say to a Brora Single Malt Scotch 40 Years whisky, a limited edition created specially to pay homage to the distillery’s 200 years, from 12 barrels filled in 1978? Or maybe a Macallan 18 year old Single Highland Malt Scotch? Apart from the exceptional Scottish whiskies we have, there are also whiskies from other fine producing countries, as well as sought-after Cognacs and Armagnacs. You’ll find for example, the Louis XIII Rémy Martin Cognac, Grande Champagne Delamain and Laubade bas-armagnac.