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Wine of the Month: Doppio Passo

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February's Wine of the Month

Family owned winery

From the heart of Puglia

February's Wine of the Month

Welcome to our brand-new wine of the month feature, where, our Master of Wine picks a bottle from the Adnams range that we’re excited about. Over to James….


As Master of Wine, I’ve spent years tasting some of the best wines out there (a few bad ones as well) and I’m always amazed by the quality and the diversity of the wines on offer. We try to champion some regions and countries that are off the beaten track such as Romania, Greece and Portugal which offer greater value to our customers.

These regions offer exceptional wine and superb value, offering you new and exciting varieties that often aren't widely available. 

We currently have 300 wines listed on the Adnams website, so I wanted to start a series where I focus on one wine a month and why we decided to make it part of our range.


Today we’re starting in Italy, in the southern peninsular of Puglia with the Doppio Passo. A deep ruby red wine created using the primitivo grape with characteristics of blackberries and cherries. A fine structure with the perfect balance between the soft tannins and the natural acidity that makes Italian wine so incredibly rewarding.

The Winery

The Company was founded by Carlo Botter in 1928 as a small business selling local Veneto wines in barrels. It took its first major step forward with the arrival of the second generation of the family.

After the Second World War, brothers Arnaldo and Enzo began selling wine in bottles. They boosted the company’s presence on the Italian market, but – most importantly – they began exporting to other countries, enabling us here in the UK to savour the flavour without having to buy a plane ticket.

Whats in a name?

Doppio Passo gets its name from the 'ripasso' style of winemaking - a technique that involves a short second fermentation on the pulp and skins left over from the first fermentation to give extra body.

The winery also uses a proportion of later harvested, super-ripe grapes in the blend to give this wine a silky-smooth texture with plump, jammy fruitiness.

Puglia experiences warm and temperate climates, with significant rainfall all year round. During the summer the African winds move up over Italy causing a rapid and marked rise of temperature and significant variation, which all leads to this intense delicious flavour.

Food Match

In true Italian style, this wine is perfect accompanied with food. In fact, we’d encourage you to taste with a selection of mature hard cheeses. If you can get your hands on a piece of Canestrato, a hard cheese famous in the region, even better. Alternatively, it partners roasted pork, beef steaks and all game dishes perfectly.

James Davis

Master of Wine

Buy your Doppio Passo today for just £8.99 a bottle

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