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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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    San Filippo Brunello di Montalcino Le Lucere 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Santo Spirito 2017  Front Label
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    Other Red Blends from Sicily, Italy
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    Pio Cesare Il Bricco Barbaresco 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Ceretto Bernardot Barbaresco 2016  Front Label
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    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Paolo Scavino Barolo Bricco Ambrogio 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Pecchenino Le Coste di Monforte Barolo 2013
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Argiano Vigna del Suolo Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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  • San Filippo Brunello di Montalcino Le Lucere Riserva 2013 Front Label
    San Filippo Brunello di Montalcino Le Lucere Riserva 2013
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili 2015 Front Label
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    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Poggio Antico Madre Toscana 2015  Front Label
    Poggio Antico Madre Toscana 2015
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    Damilano Barolo Cannubi 2013
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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