Highly rated Italian wines rarely seen so cheap

I picked up two bottles of interesting Italian wine at my local Lidl earlier this week. They are part of the Lidl wine cellar and are therefore only available for a limited time, but we hope you will find them at your local branch. Italy has a mass of exciting local grapes, many of which are still unknown to the wine-drinking public. Both Greco di Tufo and Aglianico are highly rated by wine critics, so it’s rare to see them at these prices.

Greco di Tufo 2020

Greco di Tufo is an indigenous grape variety from Campania, grown in the volcanic ash soils above Naples. It is believed that the ancient Greeks brought the grape here, hence the Greco part of the name. Tufo is both the area where the grapes are grown and the soils – created by volcanic eruptions. Slightly floral aromas, with pear and quince fruit, and lip-smacking mineral acidity. It would go well with grilled sea bass or pasta in a fresh tomato herb sauce. €7.99 at Lidl.

Aglianico de Vulture 2019 Corte Aurelio

Aglianico is one of the most revered grape varieties of Campania and Basilicata where this wine comes from. Typically, the wines are full-bodied, tannic and often require keeping for a few years. This version is out of the box though, boasting plum, tobacco and tar flavors with a decent dry finish. Try it with a rich lamb casserole or a bean and kale stew. €8.99 at Lidl.

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