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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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  • Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2017  Front Label
    Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2017
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Antinori Castello della Sala Conte Della Vipera 2019  Front Label
    Antinori Castello della Sala Conte Della Vipera 2019
    Bordeaux White Blends from Umbria, Italy
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  • Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo 2016  Front Label
    Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Castellani Sangiovese 2016  Front Label
    Castellani Sangiovese 2016
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Dei Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2017  Front Label
    Dei Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2017
    Sangiovese from Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2017  Front Label
    Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2017
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Mazzei Chianti Classico Riserva Ser Lapo 2017  Front Label
    Mazzei Chianti Classico Riserva Ser Lapo 2017
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tolaini Al Passo Toscana 2017  Front Label
    Tolaini Al Passo Toscana 2017
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Suavia Monte Carbonare Soave Classico 2018  Front Label
    Suavia Monte Carbonare Soave Classico 2018
    Garganega from Soave, Veneto, Italy
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  • Capezzana Villa di Carmignano 2016  Front Label
    Capezzana Villa di Carmignano 2016
    Tuscan Blends from Carmignano, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tolaini Valdisanti Toscana 2016  Front Label
    Tolaini Valdisanti Toscana 2016
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ceretto Monsordo Rosso 2018  Front Label
    Ceretto Monsordo Rosso 2018
    Other Red Blends from Piedmont, Italy
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  • Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth (375ML half-bottle) Front Label
    Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth (375ML half-bottle)
    Vermouth from Italy
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    • Viticcio Chianti Classico 2017  Front Label
      Viticcio Chianti Classico 2017
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Inama Vigneti di Foscarino Soave Classico 2018  Front Label
      Inama Vigneti di Foscarino Soave Classico 2018
      Garganega from Soave, Veneto, Italy
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    • Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso 2019  Front Label
      Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso 2019
      Nerello Mascalese from Sicily, Italy
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    • Planeta Etna Rosso 2019  Front Label
      Planeta Etna Rosso 2019
      Other Red Wine from Sicily, Italy
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    • Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico 2019  Front Label
      Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico 2019
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, 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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    • Castello di Ama Chianti Classico 2019  Front Label
      Castello di Ama Chianti Classico 2019
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Carpineto Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva 2016  Front Label
      Carpineto Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva 2016
      Sangiovese from Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Villa Sparina Monterotondo Gavi 2017  Front Label
      Villa Sparina Monterotondo Gavi 2017
      Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Elena Walch Kastelaz Gewurztraminer 2019  Front Label
      Elena Walch Kastelaz Gewurztraminer 2019
      Gewurztraminer from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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    • Avignonesi Grifi 2017  Front Label
      Avignonesi Grifi 2017
      Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo 2019  Front Label
      Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo 2019
      Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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