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Whether you want to make a single grape varietal wine or a blend, RJS Craft Winemaking kits are made with the finest juices and concentrates to make your favourite wine styles. Use our wine selector to learn more about wines you love and possibly discover new wines that might be your next favourite.

Italy Red Blend

The Grape

There are 21 important red grape varieties used to make wine in Italy. The most important of these is the indigenous Sangiovese, both for the quality of wine it produces and for how widespread it is grown throughout the country. While it is especially important in Tuscany, it is now the most planted red variety in Italy’s vineyards. Other notable native Italian varieties include Barbera, Nebbiolo and Aglianico. Nowadays Italian vintners also blend in grapes native to France, most notably Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Syrah.

The Wines

Red blend wines in Italy are made in diverse styles depending upon the winemakers and the particular blend of grapes. Today’s modern wines are typically big and bold with firm tannins and good structure. Super Tuscans tend to be the fruitiest with flavours and aromas of fresh raspberries and blackberries, while also incorporating earthy and leathery notes. Red Blend wines are often aged in oak so their fruit flavours are supported by subtle hints of smoke and vanilla.

The Occasions

Modern Italian style red blends, like most Italian wines, are extremely food-friendly and pair well with a wide range of foods. An antipasto platter with meats and rich hard cheeses will stand up to the flavours of these medium to full-bodied wines. Your best bet is to pair your Italian red blend with meat as many typical Italian dishes feature braised beef and veal.

 
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Varietal/Style
Region/Style
Profile

Different types of winemaking practices can affect the outcome of your wine. The chart below is a guideline for how we describe the profiles of our finished wines. Refer to tasting notes for each wine’s profile.

OAK BODY SWEETNESS
U - UNOAKED
L - LIGHT
M - MEDIUM
H - HEAVY
L - LIGHT
M - MEDIUM
F - FULL
D - DRY
O - OFF-DRY
S - SWEET
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En Primeur Winery Series
Italy Red Blend
Italy
M | F | D
Varietal/Style: En Primeur Winery Series
Profile: M | F | D
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Weeks 6 - 8
Varietal Italy Style Blend
Sweetness Dry
Oak Medium
Body Full
Labels Included Yes
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

En Primeur Winery Series Italy Rosso Grande Eccellente

A delectable bouquet of sweet ripe berries, spices, and farm cherries, and firmly structured tannins. This assertive wine is bold in all aspects.

Fermenting your wine on GenuWine Winery Crushed Grape Skins will enhance the bouquet and contribute soft velvety tannins for a round, juicy mouthfeel.

Food Pairings

Serve with pasta and rich tomato sauce or beef pot roast.

En Primeur Winery Series
Italy Red Blend
Italy
H | F | D
Varietal/Style: En Primeur Winery Series
Profile: H | F | D
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Weeks 6 - 8
Varietal Italy Style Blend
Sweetness Dry
Oak Heavy
Body Full
Labels Included Yes
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

En Primeur Winery Series Italy Super Tuscan

An assertive wine with aromatics of fresh raspberries supported by subtle hints of vanilla and earth. A concentrated palate of blackberries and black pepper with firm tannins.

Fermenting your wine on GenuWine Winery Crushed Grape Skins will enhance the bouquet and contribute soft velvety tannins for a round, juicy mouthfeel.

Food Pairings

Great with slow-cooked beef and pork or aged cheese.

Cru Select
Italy Red Blend
Italy
M | F | D
Varietal/Style: Cru Select
Profile: M | F | D
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Weeks 6
Varietal Italy Style Blend
Sweetness Dry
Oak Medium
Body Full
Labels Included Yes
Wine Kit Instructions (PDF)

Cru Select Italy Style Rosso Grande

Deep ruby-garnet colour and spicy oak aroma and bursting with vibrant flavours of ripe berries and black cherries. This is classic, food-friendly Italian style red wine.

Food Pairings

Great with meaty pizza or pasta and tomato sauce.