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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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  • Ornellaia (3 Liter Bottle) 2018  Front Label
    Ornellaia (3 Liter Bottle) 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Valdicava Montosoli Brunello di Montalcino (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016  Front Label
    Valdicava Montosoli Brunello di Montalcino (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Masseto (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Masseto (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Ravera (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014  Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Ravera (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014 Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014  Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Altesino Brunello di Montalcino (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016  Front Label
    Altesino Brunello di Montalcino (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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