Corbaia wins Gold Medal at Decanter World Wine Awards 

04 June 2013 Categories: Awards

Historic Tuscan estate Castello di Bossi has seen their 'SuperTuscan' Corbaia 2008 bestowed with a coveted Gold medal at the 2013 Decanter World Wine Awards. The annual awards continue to go from strength to strength and this year saw over 14,000 wines submitted from across the World, of which only 229 received a Gold medal.

The estate already enjoyed an exceptional combination of ideal soils, Micro-climate and exposure to the sun, but has benefited greatly from the considerable investment by Marco Bacci over the last 20 years.  A large amount of this has been in the winery, which is now state of the art and kept scrupulously clean, to ensure the wines leaving are of only the highest standard.

Corbaia is a blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet aged in 80% new French barriques.  It’s Michaels' favourite wine from the estate as it captures the essence of the super-Tuscan: a marriage of France and Italy with the elegance of the former setting off the power of the latter.






Inama Soave Classico Vigneto du Lot 2010 rated as 94 Points 

07 December 2012 Categories: Reviews

We are delighted to announce that wines from the Azienda Agricola Inama estate have been highly praised by James Suckling in his 'James Suckling Great Italian Wine Guide' feature in Hong Kong Tatler.

In particular, the Soave Classico Vigneto du Lot 2010 received a highly impressive 94 points, being described as having "Aromas of very ripe apple and tart tatine. Full and rich with layers of tropical fruit and toasted oak". He also judges the wine to be "balanced and long with creamy, dried fruit flavours". He finishes by exclaiming that the wine is "Gorgeous"! 

The drive for quality starts in the vineyard, grapes come from only the best site with low yields, and see strict selection when picking. Barrel fermentation is used to give a rich creamy texture and toasty character.

This recently released 2010 vintage is now available and ready to drink.

The Estates' Soave Classico Vigneti di Foscarino 2010 was also praised with a score of 93 points. James described the wine as reminding him of a Mersault in style,  having "Wonderful ripe pineapple and mango character on the nose and palate. Full and layered with dried tropical fruits".

Ranieri 2010 Rosso di Montalcino - 90 points. 

24 August 2012 Categories: Reviews

Well known wine critic James Suckling has praised the upcoming 2010 vintage of Rosso di Montalcino from Ranieri.

On his website,, he has bestowed the wine with a magnificant 90 point rating, alongside his tasting note as follows:

"This is really solid and super well crafted with plenty of pretty fruit and firm and focused tannins.Tension and beauty. Drink now or hold". 90 points.

We are currently on the 2009 vintage, which is drinking well now, but are looking forward to the 2010 arriving, it's sure to be in demand!

'unique' charms of Terre Bianche Pigato recognised  

24 August 2012 Categories: Producers

We are pleased to see our Terre Bianche Pigato being recognised for it's quality by the highly regarded 'Wall Street journal '.

In the article 'The Unique Charms of 'Miscellaneous Wines'published on the 19th August 2012, wine writer Lettie Teague laments the use of this 'wine list' term, but highlights the quality and diversity of wines often hidden in the category.

She highlights Italy's incredible range of grape varieties - 'in fact, the obscure whites of Italy could fill an entire wine list'. She also notes that 'these grapes are responsible for some of the most interesting wines made in Italy today.

The Pigato grape is chosen as one of her favourites, which she says can age particularly well.

A 'top producer' of this wonderful grape variety is chosen as being Terre Bianche, and it is noted that these wines can show great nuance with enticing aromas of Almonds and Citrus.

We believe that Terre Bianche produce the outstanding example of this true gem of a variatel. We currently have the 2012 vintage available of this wine which should be tasted to experience the unique character of Pigato.

To see the full article please click here.

High praise for Mascarello and La Zerba 

02 May 2012 Categories: Awards

We are pleased to announce that both Mascarello and La Zerba have recieved recent critical acclaim for their wines from two highly respected sources.

Macsarello Barolo

In a classification of the '100 Best Wines in the World' the “ENCICLOPEDIA DEL VINO” (WINE ENCYCLOPAEDIA - published in Italy by Dalai Editore) has ranked Mascarello's 2003 Ca d'Morrissio Barolo Riserva in 19th place.

This gives it the top Italian ranking in the list, out of the 23 wines included.

The encyclopaedia also makes a special note of listing Giuseppe Mascarello II as being among the “patriarchs” of Barolo.

... Quite rightly !!

La Zerba Gavi

We are delighted with the news that La Zerba Gavi di Tassarolo ‘Terrarossa’ DOCG 2010 has been awarded an amazing 90 points by Robert Parkers’ Wine Spectator. This makes it the highest rated Gavi reviewed from the 2010 vintage -  a fabulous result and we congratulate all involved in producing a wonderful wine.

Even better though, is the fact that this score gives it the second highest rating in the Wine Spectator EVER awarded to a Gavi - from any vintage !  

This is an incredible achievement and we are very proud to represent La Zerba Gavi in the U.K


Looking forward to DITT 2012 

02 May 2012 Categories: Tastings

We are pleased and excited to be exhibiting again at this years DITT (Definitive Italian Trade Tasting). This trade event goes from strenght to stregnth thanks to the hard work of organisers Tina Coady and Jane Hunt MW. Held once again at the impressive Lords Cricket ground, this year on the 18th June, the event is the largest Italian trade event in the UK, and is well attended by trade proffesionals and the wine writing press.

We have booked our place to showcase a selection of wines from our range, giving excellent exposure of these to potential buyers and press reporters.

Last year Phil Harris headed our stand with support from Maria and Ian for a successful outing. We were lucky to have the company of Lisa Gilbee who flew over from her estate 'Stella Morella' in sunny southern Puglia. The English weather welcomed her with lashings of rain unfortunatley but this didn't dampen her spirits. Her Primitivo wines went down a storm, surprising tasters with thier excellent acidity and balance.

We look forward to once again showcasing the brilliance and diversity which Italy can achieve.

DITT 2011

Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño featured in the The Observer, Sunday 18 March 2012 

02 April 2012 Categories: New wines

We are delighted to have expanded our range into Spain, with a suitably Winetraders-esque ecclectic selection from quality established family estates.

As soon as we launched our Spanish list we had a first mention in the press - our Palacio de Fefiñanes Albariño has been highlighted by The Observer in their 'Spain's vintage whites' feature.

Click here to see the article...

Click here to see Palacio de Fefiñanes website...

Vinitaly 2012 Dates: March 25-28  

15 March 2012

  Vinitaly 2012 is just around the corner, one of the worlds biggest wine events will once again be unmissable for anyone involved in the wine trade.

Winetraders will, of course, be attending with our usual gusto !

This year the dates for your diary are 25 - 28 March.

Click here to go to the Vinitaly 2012 homepage.



Winetraders' Michaelmas Tasting 17th November 2011  

01 November 2011 Categories: Tastings

We are delighted to announce an evening of fine wine, good company and much merriment will be held by Winetraders this festive season.

Please view an invitation and order form here.

(The order form is in PDF format.  If you are not able to view it, a free PDF reader can be downloaded now from Adobe.)

This exclusive Tasting will be held on Thursday 17 November 2011 from 4:30pm to 8:30pm in the exquisite surroundings of The Old Bank Hotel in Oxford.

This will be a chance to taste a selection of fine wines from our range of esteemed and boutique producers, including many new vintages, whilst in the knowledgeable company of the UK’s leading Italian wine expert Michael Palij MW.

A selection of enticing foods will be provided, chosen to encourage wine matching to enhance the experience.

As Christmas approaches thoughts turn to what to be served with the mountains of delicious food to be consumed. Italy does food wines like no other country and we will be showing a superb range of styles to suit all tastes and budgets, from old favourites to exciting new finds, your festive vinous needs will be well catered for. 

Please email to Ian ( as early as you can to secure your ticket or for more information, places are very limited and this is always our most popular tasting of the year.

We very much look forward to seeing you.


'Winetraders chosen as a finalist at IWC Merchant Awards 2011'... 

12 September 2011 Categories: Awards

Winetraders is delighted to announce that we were a finalist at the 2011 International Wine Challenge Merchant of the Year Awards.  Both Michael Palij MW, Managing Director and Phil Harris, Key Account Manager, attended the annual awards dinner, held this year at the Hilton Park Lane.  Having first slaked their thirst in Trader Vic’s Winetraders’ intrepid ambassadors were in fine form to brave both a volley of award-winning wines and a menu in which meat was conspicuous by its absence.  Nonetheless it was a fine affair with much merriment, general bonhomie, and catching up with old friends.  This was our first nomination by the IWC and merchants are assessed on a variety of criteria including variety and quality of their wine, customer service, innovation and future strategy.  We believe our emphasis on working with passionate producers and promoting unusual and traditional styles has helped us to achieve this recognition.

Click here to see the full shortlist... 

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