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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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    Antinori Tignanello (375ML half-bottle) 2017
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    Altesino Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Dal Forno Romano Nettare Veneto (375ML half-bottle) 1995
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    • Altesino Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2013 Front Label
      Altesino Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2013
      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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      Gaja Barbaresco (375ML half-bottle) 2011
      Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Gaja Ca'Marcanda Magari (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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      Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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      Gaja Ca'Marcanda Magari (375ML half-bottle) 2016
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    • Barone Ricasoli Castello di Brolio Chianti Classico (375ML) 2006 Front Label
      Barone Ricasoli Castello di Brolio Chianti Classico (375ML) 2006
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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      Castellare Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale (375ML) 2009
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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        Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Marcarini Barolo Brunate (375ML half-bottle) 2011 Front Label
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        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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        Altesino Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2012
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      • Zenato Amarone (375ML half-bottle) 2011 Front Label
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        Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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      • Felsina Vin Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2003 Front Label
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          Felsina Fontalloro (375ML half-bottle) 2006
          Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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          Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2011
          Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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