Specialist wine importer Hallgarten Druitt & Novum has boosted its Italian portfolio with the addition of two new producers.

Colomba Bianca, believed to be Sicily’s leading organic winery, and also boutique Etna producer Santa Maria La Nave, will now both be available to the UK via Hallgarten.

Head of buying, Steve Daniel, said: “Southern Italy, in particular Sicily, is an area we have been looking at extending to provide our customers with a greater choice at a range of price points.”

Columbia Bianca harvests more than 1,000 hectares of organic vineyard and it has a further 1,000 hectares under conversion. Daniel will work with the winery to put together the blends for the UK.

“You could say they are a very large micro-brewery,” he said. “The fruit harvested is fantastic and there is an incredible drive for quality.”

Santa Maria La Nave is also joining the Hallgarten portfolio. The boutique producer is situated on the northwestern slopes of Etna, and is one of the highest vineyards in Europe. The wines are made without sulphur as they are preserved with the naturally high levels of sulphur in the soil resulting from ash eruptions. Only 6000 bottles are produced each year with vintage variation dependent on volcanic activity.

“Etna offers sommeliers and independent merchants something truly exciting and a real talking point and we were delighted to be approached by one of the very best producers in the area.”