Can you find a truly delightful Italian wine gift for less than £25? The answer is “yes” – you don’t need to spend a fortune to show your friends how much you love them. Whether they prefer big juicy reds or light and fruity whites, there are some excellent options available for less than £25. These award-winning wines from our collection are all crafted by boutique vineyards in Italy, so although the price-tag is low each one is extra special.
This organic wine from Sicily was recently featured in an article by The Independent recommending juicy red wines for warm weather drinking. With its lush flavours of black fruits and silky texture, we think it’s great for chilly days too. A truly exceptional wine, it makes a wonderful Christmas present. It’s made at the organic micro-winery of Salvatore Tamburello in the western part of Sicily. A Decanter Silver award winner, it has a deep and concentrated flavour bursting with notes of crisp cranberry, rich leather and spicy black pepper.
Made by a small cooperative of four friends based in the rugged heartlands of Sardinia, Manca Cannonau is an excellent expression of Sardinia’s flagship red grape. Rich, dense and surprisingly elegant, this wine combines fresh acidity with the antioxidant-rich tannins that this iconic grape is known for. You can expect flavours of black fruit and Christmas spice, making it an excellent wine for gathering with around a log fire.
Another 100% Cannonau from Sardinia, Siddùra Erema is rich and powerful. It’s made from hand-harvested grapes and undergoes lees aging along with barrel maturation to create a deep and complex flavour profile. The winery, Siddùra, is one of the best on the island and its wines consistently take home Decanter awards: this one took the bronze medal in 2019. Wild berries, cherries and black pepper dominate the palate of this silky wine.
If you’re looking for white wine gifts, it’s hard to go wrong with this Vermentino from Siddùra. It’s a fresh and fruity expression of Sardinia’s signature white grape and has won multiple awards: including Mundus Vini Gold, Decanter Bronze and The Challenge International Du Vin Gold. It’s made from hand-picked grapes which are fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve the fresh fruity flavours of lemon and pear. Thanks to a short stint maturing sur lie, it has a creamy, medium-bodied texture.
Blackberry, chocolate and juniper: it’s hard to think of a more Christmassy-tasting red wine gift. Powerful and well-developed, this blend is made from two iconic Southern Italian grapes grown on vines that are half a century old. It’s aged for three months in French oak, which is where the creamy vanilla undertones come from. This Decanter Bronze medal winner can be drunk now, or cellared for up to seven years.
Ridolfi Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2018 (£19.90)
Crafted by the Ridolfi family at their boutique winery, this Rosso di Montalcino is a baby version of their famous (and more expensive) Brunello di Montalcino. While the latter is aged for three years, the Rosso is released after spending just one year in Slavonian oak barrels. The result is a fresh and zingy wine packed with flavours of raspberry and red cherry, underpinned by a subtle whisper of chocolate from the oak. A long, lingering finish and complex palate show that this award-winning wine is serious business.
The perfect white wine gift for fans of floral flavours, this well-rounded Riesling boasts aromatic notes of melon, elderflower and honeysuckle underpinned by bread dough. It’s crafted by Peter Zemmer’s family winery, and all of the grapes are grown in the foothills of the Alps in German-speaking Alto Adige. Thanks to the expert wine-making, this premium Riesling has been awarded with one of Italy’s most prestigious awards: Gambero Rosso’s Two Glasses.
This certified organic Super Tuscan marries Merlot and Sangiovese to create a complex and enchanting flavour profile featuring red cherry, vanilla, cloves, prune and rose. The grapes are grown on a terraced vineyard overlooking Panzano in the Chianti Classico region. The vineyard marries tradition with modernity and, as 80% of their electricity is generated from solar panels, this makes a fab red wine gift for sustainability advocates.
Created as an experiment by the Ridolfi winery, this Super Tuscan was a surprising success. Renowned wine expert James Suckling called this Merlot and Sangiovese blend from Montalcino the “new wine to watch out for”. We couldn’t agree more. It’s made in a unique way: the 60% Merlot is aged in small French oak barrels to pick up characteristic flavours of cedar and chocolate, while the Sangiovese ages in large Slavonian oak barrels to retain its fruity characteristics of red fruits. The result is a powerful, complex wine with a pleasantly long finish.
Do you have a fan of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc in your life? This white wine gift from Alto Adige is bound to impress them. Passion fruit, mango and pineapple notes pack a tropical punch, complemented by more complex flavours of biscuit and sweet caramel. This highly aromatic wine is made by a Swiss-Italian family in the foothills of the Alps, and has taken home multiple awards, including the Gambero Rosso “Two Glasses”. In terms of transportation, Italian wines generate far less CO2 than wines from the southern hemisphere, so this could mark a positive lifestyle change.
This certified-organic wine is one of only a couple of thousand Italian wines to take home Gambero Rosso’s Three Glasses award. It’s made from the aromatic white grape Arneis, which is slowly building a new following in the UK. An elegant and refreshing choice, it has delicate flavours of elderflower, jasmine and apricot. It’s made at a carbon-neutral winery, owned by the Damonte family, which uses natural geothermal energy to heat and cool the space.
This bubbly may be a few pence over budget, but it makes a unique gift for fans of sparkling wine. This UK-exclusive sparkling rosé is made from Nebbiolo – the same grape used to make Piedmont’s legendary red wines Barolo and Barbaresco. It’s a fantastic fizz, made in the traditional method so it’s more similar to Champagne than Prosecco. Three years of less aging has softened the tannins and added characteristic flavours of vanilla and toasted bread to the lighthearted notes of raspberry and wild strawberry.
Christmas wine, all wrapped up
With our next day wine gift delivery, the lucky recipient won’t have to wait long for their present. That said, Christmas can be a busy time for delivery companies – especially this year, as more people will be shopping online due to the ongoing situation with coronavirus.
We highly recommend ordering your Christmas wine gifts as early as possible. Remember we also offer free gift-wrapping, just tell us in your order notes. Perfect if you want to send your thoughtful wine gift straight to their home.