Although Roman legions spread viticulture to a large part of Europe, the finest Italian wines have, arguably, only been prevalent for the last 40 years or so. A multitude of small-scale Italian winemakers create wines with familiar names like Barolo, Chianti and Frascati, using a vast array of local grape varieties. International varieties have been planted in more recent times, with top producers achieving excellent results from these grapes too.

With Italian vineyards stretching from the Alps to close to the African continent, the 10˚ difference in latitude from North to South provides a huge spectrum of growing conditions for producers to play with. Italian wines certainly earn their place in a flight of wines at a tasting and one of our recommended tastings with Military Wines Limited compares quality and value for money of French, Italian and Spanish wines.