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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 wine. 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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  • Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2016  Front Label
    Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Antinori Tignanello 2017  Front Label
    Antinori Tignanello 2017
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Mazzei Chianti Classico Riserva Ser Lapo 2016  Front Label
    Mazzei Chianti Classico Riserva Ser Lapo 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio 2019  Front Label
    Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio 2019
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Italy
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    • La Marca Prosecco Front Label
      La Marca Prosecco
      Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
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      • Renato Ratti Marcenasco Barolo 2016  Front Label
        Renato Ratti Marcenasco Barolo 2016
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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        • JS92
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      • Petra Zingari Toscana 2017  Front Label
        Petra Zingari Toscana 2017
        Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Sun Goddess by Mary J Blige Pinot Grigio Ramato 2019 Front Label
        Sun Goddess by Mary J Blige Pinot Grigio Ramato 2019
        Rosé from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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      • I Giusti and Zanza Nemorino Rosso 2016  Front Label
        I Giusti and Zanza Nemorino Rosso 2016
        Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Antinori Villa Toscana 2016 Front Label
        Antinori Villa Toscana 2016
        Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Ziobaffa Organic Toscana 2015  Front Label
        Ziobaffa Organic Toscana 2015
        Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Ruffino Pinot Grigio Lumina 2019  Front Label
        Ruffino Pinot Grigio Lumina 2019
        Pinot Gris/Grigio from Tuscany, Italy
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        • Masciarelli Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2017  Front Label
          Masciarelli Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2017
          Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
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          • Sun Goddess by Mary J Blige Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Front Label
            Sun Goddess by Mary J Blige Sauvignon Blanc 2019
            Sauvignon Blanc from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
            • WW89
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          • La Magia Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
            La Magia Brunello di Montalcino 2015
            Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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            • D92
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            Italian Wine Gift Set
            Mixed Collections from Italy
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              • Cavit Pinot Grigio 2019  Front Label
                Cavit Pinot Grigio 2019
                Pinot Gris/Grigio from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                • Piancornello Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
                  Piancornello Brunello di Montalcino 2015
                  Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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                • La Marca Prosecco (187ML Split) Front Label
                  La Marca Prosecco (187ML Split)
                  Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
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                  • Santa Cristina by Antinori Pinot Grigio 2019  Front Label
                    Santa Cristina by Antinori Pinot Grigio 2019
                    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Italy
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                    • Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2016  Front Label
                      Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
                      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                    • Il Molino di Grace Solosangiovese Chianti Classico 2016  Front Label
                      Il Molino di Grace Solosangiovese Chianti Classico 2016
                      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                    • Querciabella Chianti Classico 2015 Front Label
                      Querciabella Chianti Classico 2015
                      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                    • Tenuta Guado al Tasso Il Bruciato 2018  Front Label
                      Tenuta Guado al Tasso Il Bruciato 2018
                      Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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                    • Zonin Prosecco Front Label
                      Zonin Prosecco
                      Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
                      • JS90
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