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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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    Antinori Tignanello 2017
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2017
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Mazzei Chianti Classico Riserva Ser Lapo 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Italian Wine Gift Set
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      • Castellani Chianti Classico Riserva 2016  Front Label
        Castellani Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
        Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco Superiore  Front Label
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            Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Valdobbiadene, Prosecco, Italy
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            La Marca Prosecco
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            • Ceretto Barolo 2015  Front Label
              Ceretto Barolo 2015
              Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Cavit Pinot Grigio 2020  Front Label
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              Pinot Gris/Grigio from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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              • Petra Zingari Toscana 2017  Front Label
                Petra Zingari Toscana 2017
                Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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              • Castellani Sangiovese 2016  Front Label
                Castellani Sangiovese 2016
                Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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              • Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
                Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino 2015
                Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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                Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 2015
                Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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                Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino 2015
                Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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              • Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico Riserva 2016  Front Label
                Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
                Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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              • Ceretto Barbaresco 2016  Front Label
                Ceretto Barbaresco 2016
                Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, 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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                • Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore  Front Label
                  Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore
                  Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Valdobbiadene, Prosecco, Italy
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                • Allegrini Palazzo della Torre 2016  Front Label
                  Allegrini Palazzo della Torre 2016
                  Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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                • Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
                  Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino 2016
                  Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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                • Riff Pinot Grigio 2019  Front Label
                  Riff Pinot Grigio 2019
                  Pinot Gris/Grigio from Veneto, Italy
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                  Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio 2020
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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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