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Named “Oenotria” by the ancient Greeks for its abundance of grapevines, Italy has always had a culture virtually inextricable from 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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  • G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe 2015  Front Label
    G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Pio Cesare Barolo 2015  Front Label
    Pio Cesare Barolo 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana 2015 Front Label
    Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana 2015
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Le Macchiole Messorio 2015  Front Label
    Le Macchiole Messorio 2015
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
    Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
    Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • E. Pira e Figli Barolo Mosconi 2015 Front Label
    E. Pira e Figli Barolo Mosconi 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Ravera 2015  Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Ravera 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Luigi Einaudi Barolo Cannubi 2015  Front Label
    Luigi Einaudi Barolo Cannubi 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato 2015  Front Label
    Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Avignonesi Desiderio Merlot 2015  Front Label
    Avignonesi Desiderio Merlot 2015
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • G.D. Vajra Langhe Freisa Kye  2015  Front Label
    G.D. Vajra Langhe Freisa Kye 2015
    Other Red Wine from Piedmont, Italy
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  • Le Macchiole Scrio 2015  Front Label
    Le Macchiole Scrio 2015
    Syrah/Shiraz from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Rabaja 2015 Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Rabaja 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Tenuta di Biserno Biserno 2015  Front Label
    Tenuta di Biserno Biserno 2015
    Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Brunate 2015  Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Brunate 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Pio Cesare Il Bricco Barbaresco 2015  Front Label
    Pio Cesare Il Bricco Barbaresco 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto 2015 Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Ceretto Brunate Barolo 2015  Front Label
    Ceretto Brunate Barolo 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Roberto Voerzio Cerequio Barolo 2015 Front Label
    Roberto Voerzio Cerequio Barolo 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili 2015 Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Gaja Barbaresco 2015  Front Label
    Gaja Barbaresco 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • La Spinetta Barbaresco Starderi 2015  Front Label
    La Spinetta Barbaresco Starderi 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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