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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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  • Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2014  Front Label
    Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2014
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ceretto Barbaresco 2016  Front Label
    Ceretto Barbaresco 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Ceretto Barolo 2015  Front Label
    Ceretto Barolo 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Poggio al Tesoro Sondraia 2016  Front Label
    Poggio al Tesoro Sondraia 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Val D'Oca Prosecco Extra Dry Front Label
    Val D'Oca Prosecco Extra Dry
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
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    • Planeta Cometa Fiano 2018  Front Label
      Planeta Cometa Fiano 2018
      Fiano from Sicily, 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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    • Petra Toscana Rosso 2014  Front Label
      Petra Toscana Rosso 2014
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Falesco Vitiano Rosso 2016  Front Label
      Falesco Vitiano Rosso 2016
      Other Red Blends from 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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    • Boroli Barolo 2013  Front Label
      Boroli Barolo 2013
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Ceretto Brunate Barolo 2015  Front Label
      Ceretto Brunate Barolo 2015
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, 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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    • 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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    • Masciarelli Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2018  Front Label
      Masciarelli Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2018
      Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
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      • Cupcake Vineyards Prosecco Front Label
        Cupcake Vineyards Prosecco
        Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
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        • Camigliano Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
          Camigliano Brunello di Montalcino 2015
          Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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        • Campo alle Comete Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
          Campo alle Comete Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Tuscany, Italy
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        • Tenuta di Arceno Arcanum 2015  Front Label
          Tenuta di Arceno Arcanum 2015
          Bordeaux Red Blends from 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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          • Ceretto Prapo Barolo 2015  Front Label
            Ceretto Prapo Barolo 2015
            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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          • Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo 2018  Front Label
            Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo 2018
            Tuscan Blends 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
            • JS93
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