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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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  • Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
    Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013 Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Cannubi (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013 Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Cannubi (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
    G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Bruna Grimaldi Barolo Badarina (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016  Front Label
    Bruna Grimaldi Barolo Badarina (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Prapo (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015  Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Prapo (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Cordero di Montezemolo Barolo Monfalletto (1.5L Magnum) 2015  Front Label
    Cordero di Montezemolo Barolo Monfalletto (1.5L Magnum) 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Cordero di Montezemolo Barolo Monfalletto (1.5L Magnum) 2010
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Massolino Vigna Margheria Barolo (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Massolino Vigna Margheria Barolo (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Cannubi (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015  Front Label
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    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
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  • Gaja Sori Tildin (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015  Front Label
    Gaja Sori Tildin (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Monvigliero (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016  Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Monvigliero (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino (3 Liter Bottle) 2008  Front Label
    Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino (3 Liter Bottle) 2008
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Gaja Costa Russi (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014 Front Label
    Gaja Costa Russi (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    Gaja Costa Russi (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Luigi Einaudi Barolo Cannubi (3 Liter) 2016  Front Label
    Luigi Einaudi Barolo Cannubi (3 Liter) 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Damilano Barolo Cannubi (3 Liter Bottle) 2012 Front Label
    Damilano Barolo Cannubi (3 Liter Bottle) 2012
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Sarmassa (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Sarmassa (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Massolino Vigna Margheria Barolo (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Massolino Vigna Margheria Barolo (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe (3 Liter Bottle) 2010 Front Label
    G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe (3 Liter Bottle) 2010
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Tenuta di Biserno Lodovico (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Tenuta di Biserno Lodovico (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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