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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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  • Castellani Sangiovese 2016  Front Label
    Castellani Sangiovese 2016
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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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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  • Les Cretes Pinot Nero 2019  Front Label
    Les Cretes Pinot Nero 2019
    Pinot Noir from Valle d'Aosta, Italy
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  • St. Michael-Eppan Sanct Valentin Pinot Grigio 2017  Front Label
    St. Michael-Eppan Sanct Valentin Pinot Grigio 2017
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alto Adige, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • Castellani Chianti Annata 2018  Front Label
    Castellani Chianti Annata 2018
    Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • St. Michael-Eppan Schulthauser Pinot Bianco 2019  Front Label
    St. Michael-Eppan Schulthauser Pinot Bianco 2019
    Pinot Blanc from Alto Adige, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • Arnaldo Rivera Barolo Ravera 2015  Front Label
    Arnaldo Rivera Barolo Ravera 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Bisol Jeio Prosecco Superiore  Front Label
    Bisol Jeio Prosecco Superiore
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Valdobbiadene, Prosecco, Italy
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  • Tenuta Scersce Nettare Rosso di Valtellina 2018  Front Label
    Tenuta Scersce Nettare Rosso di Valtellina 2018
    Nebbiolo from Lombardy, Italy
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  • Alois Lageder Terra Alpina Pinot Bianco Vigneti delle Dolomiti 2019  Front Label
    Alois Lageder Terra Alpina Pinot Bianco Vigneti delle Dolomiti 2019
    Pinot Blanc from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • Castellani Vermentino 2018  Front Label
    Castellani Vermentino 2018
    Vermentino from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Elena Walch Pinot Bianco 2019  Front Label
    Elena Walch Pinot Bianco 2019
    Pinot Blanc from Alto Adige, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • Adriano Marco e Vittorio Sanadaive Barbaresco 2017  Front Label
    Adriano Marco e Vittorio Sanadaive Barbaresco 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Vie di Romans Piere Sauvignon Blanc 2018  Front Label
    Vie di Romans Piere Sauvignon Blanc 2018
    Sauvignon Blanc from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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  • Contadi Castaldi Franciacorta Brut  Front Label
    Contadi Castaldi Franciacorta Brut
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Italy
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  • Tramin Stoan 2018  Front Label
    Tramin Stoan 2018
    Other White Blends from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • Mastroberardino NovaSerra Greco di Tufo 2019  Front Label
    Mastroberardino NovaSerra Greco di Tufo 2019
    Greco from Campania, Italy
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  • Cleto Chiarli Brut de Noir Rose  Front Label
    Cleto Chiarli Brut de Noir Rose
    Rosé Sparkling Wine from Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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  • La Lecciaia Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
    La Lecciaia Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Donnafugata Ben Rye (375ML half-bottle) 2017  Front Label
    Donnafugata Ben Rye (375ML half-bottle) 2017
    Other Dessert from Sicily, Italy
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  • Ziobaffa Organic Toscana 2016  Front Label
    Ziobaffa Organic Toscana 2016
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tua Rita Rosso dei Notri 2018  Front Label
    Tua Rita Rosso dei Notri 2018
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tiefenbrunner Turmhof Sauvignon Blanc 2018  Front Label
    Tiefenbrunner Turmhof Sauvignon Blanc 2018
    Sauvignon Blanc from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • Bruno Giacosa Roero Arneis 2019  Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Roero Arneis 2019
    Arneis from Roero, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Cantina Gabriele Dolcemente (OU Kosher) 2019  Front Label
    Cantina Gabriele Dolcemente (OU Kosher) 2019
    Other Red Blends from Lazio, Italy
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