Wine Lists

5 Striking Italian Reds

By Halliday Wine Companion for Tar & Roses, Zerella Wines, Hither & Yon, Colab and Bloom, and Lino Ramble.

13 Jun, 2019

Italy produces some of the world’s tastiest red wines, and Australian winemakers are increasingly including them among their collections.

From sangiovese to nero d'Avola, montepulciano and more, there’s a perfect Italian red wine for every occasion. Renowned for their boldness in flavour, while holding impressive substance and character, the red wines of Italy are of benchmark quality, and enjoyed all over the world. Below, explore these five striking bottles by Australian winemakers.


2016 Tar & Roses Nebbiolo

Narelle King says: "Burnt cherry red in colour, with lifted floral and carnation notes, and hints of black tea and herbs on the nose. Substantial tannin on the palate; lingering and fleshy."

RRP $50 | 2028 | Tar & Roses

2014 La Gita Etrurian Sangiovese

Jim Zerella says: "Made in a super Tuscan style, our 2014 La Gita Etrurian Sangiovese has a complex savoury-led aromatic profile, underpinned by fresh red cherry and spice influences. The palate is full and rounded, textured and long, while displaying the hallmark structure and tannin profile expected from this variety."

RRP $60 | 2030 | Zerella Wines

2015 Hither & Yon Aglianico

Richard Leask says: "The cherry and liquorice, white pepper and Italian garden herbs, and volcanic rocks and leather flavours, all provide an edge to the tannins. This wine is different and compelling, with flavour that rushes in but also lingers; savoury with refreshing length, and a mouth-watering finish."

RRP $32 | 2025 | Hither & Yon

2018 Colab and Bloom Montepulciano

Mark Farmilo says: "Juicy forest berries and bay leaf aromas lead to a palate packed with smoothed fruits, firm tannins, and juicy acidity. This is a classic and vibrant Australian montepulciano."

RRP $25.99 | 2024 | Colab and Bloom
Available at Dan Murphys from July

2017 Tom Bowler Nero d’Avola

Andy Coppard says: "Possessing a medium-body, with ripe black cherry, raspberry, and a hint of dried herb flavours, the wine has a fresh and natural acid backbone, and a fleshy, round mid-palate. Our nero d'Avola is firm and integrated, with dusty tannins and a juicy, clean finish."

RRP $30  | 2025 | Lino Ramble

 Find everything you need to know about Italian reds in our essential guide.

This article was produced in partnership with Tar & Roses, Zerella Wines, Hither & Yon, Colab and Bloom, and Lino Ramble.