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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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  • Adriano Marco e Vittorio Basarin Barbaresco 2017  Front Label
    Adriano Marco e Vittorio Basarin Barbaresco 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Frescobaldi Nipozzano Vecchie Viti Chianti Rufina Riserva 2014  Front Label
    Frescobaldi Nipozzano Vecchie Viti Chianti Rufina Riserva 2014
    Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ziobaffa Organic Toscana 2015  Front Label
    Ziobaffa Organic Toscana 2015
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Feudi di San Gregorio Ros'Aura 2018  Front Label
    Feudi di San Gregorio Ros'Aura 2018
    Rosé from Campania, Italy
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    • Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
      Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino 2015
      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Borgo Scopeto Chianti Classico 2017  Front Label
      Borgo Scopeto Chianti Classico 2017
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Marcarini Barolo Brunate 2014 Front Label
      Marcarini Barolo Brunate 2014
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
      Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2015
      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Caparzo Sangiovese 2019  Front Label
      Caparzo Sangiovese 2019
      Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Paolo Conterno Ginestra Riserva 2011  Front Label
      Paolo Conterno Ginestra Riserva 2011
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Santa Cristina by Antinori Chianti Superiore 2017  Front Label
      Santa Cristina by Antinori Chianti Superiore 2017
      Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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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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    • Allegrini Palazzo della Torre 2016  Front Label
      Allegrini Palazzo della Torre 2016
      Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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    • Marcarini Barolo La Serra 2014  Front Label
      Marcarini Barolo La Serra 2014
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, 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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    • Kettmeir Pinot Bianco 2019  Front Label
      Kettmeir Pinot Bianco 2019
      Pinot Blanc from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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    • Ceretto Barbaresco 2016  Front Label
      Ceretto Barbaresco 2016
      Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, 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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      • Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
        Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino 2015
        Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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      • La Marca Prosecco Front Label
        La Marca Prosecco
        Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
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        • Azelia Barolo 2016  Front Label
          Azelia Barolo 2016
          Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Tenuta Luce Lucente 2017  Front Label
          Tenuta Luce Lucente 2017
          Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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        • Ceretto Prapo Barolo 2015  Front Label
          Ceretto Prapo Barolo 2015
          Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Tornatore Etna Rosso 2016 Front Label
          Tornatore Etna Rosso 2016
          Nerello Mascalese from Sicily, 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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