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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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  • Tenuta Guado al Tasso  2017  Front Label
    Tenuta Guado al Tasso 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe 2017  Front Label
    G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 2017  Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Ravera 2017  Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Ravera 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Pio Cesare Barolo 2017  Front Label
    Pio Cesare Barolo 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana 2017  Front Label
    Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana 2017
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric 2017  Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto 2017  Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili 2017  Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • G.D. Vajra Barolo Coste di Rose 2017  Front Label
    G.D. Vajra Barolo Coste di Rose 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Argiano Solengo 2017  Front Label
    Argiano Solengo 2017
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Fattoria Le Pupille Elisabetta Geppetti Saffredi 2017  Front Label
    Fattoria Le Pupille Elisabetta Geppetti Saffredi 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • G.D. Vajra Barolo Ravera 2017  Front Label
    G.D. Vajra Barolo Ravera 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Monvigliero 2017  Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Monvigliero 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Bricco Ambrogio 2017  Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Bricco Ambrogio 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Renato Ratti Conca Barolo 2017  Front Label
    Renato Ratti Conca Barolo 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione 2017  Front Label
    Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione 2017
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Renato Ratti Rocche dell'Annunziata Barolo 2017  Front Label
    Renato Ratti Rocche dell'Annunziata Barolo 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • G.D. Vajra Bricco Delle Viole Barolo 2017  Front Label
    G.D. Vajra Bricco Delle Viole Barolo 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Brunate 2017  Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Brunate 2017
    Nebbiolo from La Morra, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2017  Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2017
    Nebbiolo from Serralunga d'Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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