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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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  • Piccini Sasso al Poggio 2016  Front Label
    Piccini Sasso al Poggio 2016
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Patrizi Moscato d'Asti 2021  Front Label
    Patrizi Moscato d'Asti 2021
    Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Petra Hebo Suvereto Rosso 2019  Front Label
    Petra Hebo Suvereto Rosso 2019
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
    • JS92
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  • Adriano Marco e Vittorio Sanadaive Barbaresco 2018  Front Label
    Adriano Marco e Vittorio Sanadaive Barbaresco 2018
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    • WW91
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  • La Lecciaia Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
    La Lecciaia Brunello di Montalcino 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Brandini Barolo La Morra 2015  Front Label
    Brandini Barolo La Morra 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
    • JS93
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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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  • Bellavista Franciacorta Teatro La Scala Brut 2016  Front Label
    Bellavista Franciacorta Teatro La Scala Brut 2016
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Italy
    • JS95
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  • Marenco Scrapona Moscato d'Asti 2020  Front Label
    Marenco Scrapona Moscato d'Asti 2020
    Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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    • RP89
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  • Ziobaffa Organic Prosecco Front Label
    Ziobaffa Organic Prosecco
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
    • WW90
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  • Duemani Altrovino Toscana 2018  Front Label
    Duemani Altrovino Toscana 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • JS93
    • WW92
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  • Zeni Fef Collection Corvina Veronese 2020  Front Label
    Zeni Fef Collection Corvina Veronese 2020
    Corvina from Verona, Veneto, Italy
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    • Pietradolce Archineri Etna Bianco 2019  Front Label
      Pietradolce Archineri Etna Bianco 2019
      Carricante from Sicily, Italy
      • RP93
      • JS92
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    • TorCalvano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2017  Front Label
      TorCalvano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2017
      Sangiovese from Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Petra Zingari Bianco 2020  Front Label
        Petra Zingari Bianco 2020
        Other White Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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        • Coppo Barolo Cellar Select 2017  Front Label
          Coppo Barolo Cellar Select 2017
          Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Bruno Giacosa Falletto Dolcetto d'Alba 2020  Front Label
            Bruno Giacosa Falletto Dolcetto d'Alba 2020
            Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Les Cretes Petite Arvine Fleur 2018  Front Label
              Les Cretes Petite Arvine Fleur 2018
              Other White Wine from Valle d'Aosta, Italy
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              • JS93
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            • Tenuta di Capraia Chianti Classico Riserva 2016  Front Label
              Tenuta di Capraia Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
              Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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            • Piccini Prosecco Front Label
              Piccini Prosecco
              Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
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              • Pietradolce Contrada Rampante Etna Rosso 2017  Front Label
                Pietradolce Contrada Rampante Etna Rosso 2017
                Nerello Mascalese from Sicily, Italy
                • JS94
                • RP94
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              • Tenimenti d'Alessandro Rosso Syrah 2016  Front Label
                Tenimenti d'Alessandro Rosso Syrah 2016
                Syrah/Shiraz from Tuscany, Italy
                • JS93
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              • Les Cretes Petite Arvine 2021  Front Label
                Les Cretes Petite Arvine 2021
                Other White Wine from Valle d'Aosta, Italy
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                • Contadi Castaldi Franciacorta Brut  Front Label
                  Contadi Castaldi Franciacorta Brut
                  Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Italy
                  • JS92
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                • Guinigi Prosecco  Front Label
                  Guinigi Prosecco
                  Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
                  • TP92
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