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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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    Azelia Barolo Cerretta 2017
    Nebbiolo from Serralunga d'Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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    Nebbiolo from La Morra, Piedmont, Italy
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    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    Azelia Barolo Bricco Fiasco 2017
    Nebbiolo from Castiglione Falletto, Piedmont, Italy
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    Azelia Barolo San Rocco 2017
    Nebbiolo from Serralunga d'Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Kofererhof Valle Isarco Kerner 2017 Front Label
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    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Azelia Barolo Margheria 2017  Front Label
    Azelia Barolo Margheria 2017
    Nebbiolo from Serralunga d'Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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    Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Santo Spirito 2017
    Other Red Blends from Sicily, Italy
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  • Vietti Barbera d'Alba Scarrone Vigna Vecchia 2017  Front Label
    Vietti Barbera d'Alba Scarrone Vigna Vecchia 2017
    Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Brunate (3 Liter Bottle) 2017  Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Brunate (3 Liter Bottle) 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Brunate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Brunate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Nebbiolo from La Morra, Piedmont, Italy
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  • La Spinetta Barbaresco Gallina 2017  Front Label
    La Spinetta Barbaresco Gallina 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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