Understanding Quality Wines

January 24, 2018

  In a market where the wine prices are driven down due to competition and the fight to offer good value to the consumer, why are some wines in supermarkets and wine shops priced at levels into dozens and at times hundreds of pounds? The answer lies in the quality of the wine based on the grape variety, manufacturing process and when it was made (Vintage). Here we attempt to introduce you to three Italian classics for which you should expect to pay at least £20.00 per bottle. Anything below that price level for these wines, you should question the quality.


Brunello di Montalcino 2012 – Is an Italian icon from Tuscany made with 100% Sangiovese grapes. This  is a dominant grape variety of central Italian red wines. Sangiovese has many varieties, and those in the Montalcino region have developed and adapted to that area's specific terroir and surrounding environment, giving Brunello di Montalcino its particular Characteristics.

Prestige Fattoi Brunello Di Montalcino 2012 is a deep ruby red colour with garnet touches. It is intense, long and ethereally spicy, with a hint of undergrowth, red berries and roses.


Amarone della Valpolicella 2012 - Typical; from the country of Prosecco – Veneto, in the North-East of Italy. Veneto is better known for its world famous Prosecco but produces one of the best Italian classic wines. The Amarone wine constitutes a blend of partially dried grapes; Corvina (about 50%), Rondinella (about 40%), and other approved red varieties chosen by the winery. The grapes are allowed to dry in controlled conditions for a better concentration of sugars which gives the wine its richness in flavour and intensity.

Prestige’s Degani Amarone Della Valpolicella 2013 is intense garnet red in colour. This wine is rich, full bodied and firm. Its perfume is clear and fresh. Its taste is velvety and lingering. It is well structured and beautifully balanced.


Barolo is a wine produced in the Piedmont region from the grape variety Nebbiolo which is often described as the best Italian grape. Barolo has evolved over over many years, from the terrain where the grape was traditionally grown, to the reduction of tannins, through the shortenned fermentation period. In either case this wine makes a good long-term investment, as it is well known for its maturing capabilities.

Prestige’s Barolo Rizieri 2012 is an intense garnet red with a brick hue. Hints of balmy spices, orange zest, tobacco and cocoa with clear notes of cherries and raspberries. The palate is clean, elegant with silky tannins. A wine with great ageing potential.

Prestige’s Barolo Argante 2011 – Is relatively light in colour, typically sharp, with a complex and sophisticated bouquet. Full bodied with a persistent aftertaste.

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