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Italian Wine

Named “Oenotria” by the ancient Greeks for its abundance of grapevines, Italy has always had a culture virtually inextricable from red, white and sparkling wines. Wine grapes grow in every region throughout Italy—a long and narrow boot-shaped peninsula extending into the Mediterranean.

Italian Wine Regions

Naturally, most Italian wine regions enjoy a Mediterranean climate and a notable coastline, if not coastline on all borders, as is the case with the islands of Sicily and Sardinia. The Alps in the northern regions of Valle d'Aosta, Lombardy and Alto Adige create favorable conditions for cool-climate grape varieties. The Apennine Mountains, extending from Liguria in the north to Calabria in the south, affect climate, grape variety and harvest periods throughout. Considering the variable terrain and conditions, it is still safe to say that most high quality viticulture in Italy takes place on picturesque hillsides.

Italian Grape Varieties

Italy boasts more indigenous grape varieties than any other country—between 500 and 800, depending on whom you ask—and most Italian wine production relies upon these native grapes. In some regions, international varieties have worked their way in, but are declining in popularity, especially as younger growers take interest in reviving local varieties. Most important are Sangiovese, reaching its greatest potential in Tuscany, as well as Nebbiolo, the prized grape of Piedmont, producing single varietal, age-worthy Piedmontese wines. Other important varieties include Corvina, Montepulciano, Barbera, Nero d’Avola and of course the white wines, Trebbiano, Verdicchio and Garganega. The list goes on.

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    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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        Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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        Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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        • Antinori Tignanello 2018  Front Label
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          • La Magia Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
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            Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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              • Ferrari Brut Front Label
                Ferrari Brut
                Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Trentino, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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                • Tenuta Guado al Tasso  2017  Front Label
                  Tenuta Guado al Tasso 2017
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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                • Piancornello Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
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                  Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alto Adige, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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                    Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto 2015
                    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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                    Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2017
                    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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