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The story of Italyabroad.com and mine, goes hand in hand. Italyabroad.com story began in 2003 in Newcastle, mine started in a village in Abruzzo, a beautiful Italian region on the Adriatic coast, a few years earlier. I grow up in a family where my mum and grandma would freshly make and cook lunch and dinner every day and my dad and granddad would make our own wine and olive oil, and the whole family would sit at the table and eat together and I was allowed from an early age, to have a sip, just one, of our wine, my grandma used to say it will make me stronger. This was my upbringing and the beginning of my passion.

After university and a few years in the corporate world, I decided it wasn’t for me and was time to transform my passion into a job. Being Italian and having the knowledge I had coming from a wine and olive oil producing family, having spent plenty of days helping out, harvesting grapes or climbed collecting olives, having seen the passion and the results of my granddad and dad effort, I decided to import Italian wine and food from small producers.

Small producers because you can’t buy better quality, small producers because they respect the environment, small producers because they don’t charge crazy price but only enough to cover their cost and make a living, small producers because vineyards need to be looked after and only healthy, ripe grapes produce great wines, small producers because their food doesn’t have a 2 pages ingredient list and you don’t need an encyclopaedia to understand what is in there, small producers because they only use natural ingredients without adding preservative or conservative or kilos of salt or sugar because otherwise, the food will be tasteless and lastly, because they are real, they are not corporations, but people like me and you.

Italyabroad.com started with a portfolio of 2 wineries, 8 wines in total, from Abruzzo, my region, no money and a lot of faith and belief. Italyabroad.com wasn’t just a website, it was and still is also a wholesaler, selling wine to restaurants and hotels, and with a couple of bottles and a pair of new shoes, I started this adventure.

At the beginning wasn’t easy, very few people believed in my principles and ethos, wine and especially Italian wine isn’t a straight forward subject. Italy makes a lot of wine, including a lot of bad one, and trying to explain the difference between a good and a bad wine wasn’t easy, the most common response from restaurateurs were “people don’t care about the wine the drink” and “you won’t last, you are a dreamer”. Sixteen year later I am pleased I proved them wrong.

Life has not been easy ride, we have seen a deep recession and a few more downs, supermarket shelves are full of cheap wine with Italian names made expressly for them and industrial food sold as authentic, but we stuck to our beliefs and principles and never compromised, importing only the best Italian quality. Eating well affects our everyday life, from our mood to our health and we believe eating and drinking is a pleasure.

During this time, to our initial 2 wineries from Abruzzo, plenty more have been added, and we added plenty of food producers, from olive oil to Balsamic vinegar, and the very few times we have entered competitions we always won, in 2012, we entered the Sommeliers Wine Awards and not only we come home with 4 gold medals out of only 6 wines entered, the other 2 won silver, but were also awarded Best Newcomer Wine Merchant of the year, not because we were new, but simply because we had never entered the competition before and are not based in London, and in 2018 we won the “Best UK independent retailer” at the People Choice Award.

This is what the motivation behind our award “We saw a lot of new submitters at this year’s Sommelier Wine Awards, so competition for this award was intense. In the end, it went to Italyabroad.com – a Leeds-based company that was new to all of our judges. Key to its success was not just its ability to deliver four impressive Golds from a relatively small overall entry, but to deliver genuinely interesting wines at excellent prices. ” Nowadays there are too many competitions and they are very expensive, and we, together with our producers, cannot afford to enter them, we would need to put the prices up.

We only import the best available, we put our faces on every single product, you can trust us 200%, we do not import something unless we believe that it represents the best available and for every product we add, we have tasted hundreds.

Latest Reviews

Amazing, great wine. Full of elegance, complex, one of the best italian white wines ever tasted

Andrea - June 22, 2018

Hi Alex I was just going to email you to let you know! Thanks for all your help. The sun is shining and just right for a G&T! Cheers John

john - April 12, 2019

I am Italian and was desperately looking Italian chestnut honey and when I came across this one, organic and raw as well, I could not believe it. I probably use 1 jar per week.

Alessio - March 18, 2019

I am Italian and was desperately looking Italian chestnut honey and when I came across this one, organic and raw as well, I could not believe it. I probably use 1 jar per week.

Alessio - March 18, 2019

I am Italian and was desperately looking Italian chestnut honey and when I came across this one, organic and raw as well, I could not believe it. I probably use 1 jar per week.

Alessio - March 18, 2019

Big, bold, fruity, spicy, a great wine with a fantastic value for money

John - November 30, 2018

I really liked this wine and I'm not a big fan of whites generally. Fruity and round, elegant. Very well made.

John - November 30, 2018

Just bought this wine, had never heard of the wine maker before, together with the Campedel and this is an outstanding value for money Amarone. a great wine and a great company to d

John - November 27, 2018

Just bought this Amarone with the Le Quare one and this is the best Amarone I've ever drunk

John - November 27, 2018