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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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  • Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2014  Front Label
    Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2014
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Antinori Solaia 2014 Front Label
    Antinori Solaia 2014
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Capanna Brunello di Montalcino 2014  Front Label
    Capanna Brunello di Montalcino 2014
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Pio Cesare Barolo 2014  Front Label
    Pio Cesare Barolo 2014
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Castello dei Rampolla d'Alceo 2014  Front Label
    Castello dei Rampolla d'Alceo 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2014 Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2014 Front Label
    Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2014
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Elvio Cogno Ravera Barolo 2014  Front Label
    Elvio Cogno Ravera Barolo 2014
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Ornellaia  2014 Front Label
    Ornellaia 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Bricco Ambrogio 2014 Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Bricco Ambrogio 2014
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Altesino Montosoli Brunello di Montalcino 2014 Front Label
    Altesino Montosoli Brunello di Montalcino 2014
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric 2014 Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric 2014
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Cannubi 2014 Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Cannubi 2014
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Renato Ratti Conca Barolo 2014 Front Label
    Renato Ratti Conca Barolo 2014
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Renato Ratti Rocche dell'Annunziata Barolo 2014 Front Label
    Renato Ratti Rocche dell'Annunziata Barolo 2014
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • G.D. Vajra Barolo Ravera 2014 Front Label
    G.D. Vajra Barolo Ravera 2014
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Paje Riserva 2014  Front Label
    Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Paje Riserva 2014
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Giuseppe Mascarello & Figlio Barolo Santo Stefano di Perno 2014  Front Label
    Giuseppe Mascarello & Figlio Barolo Santo Stefano di Perno 2014
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Monvigliero 2014 Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Monvigliero 2014
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 2014 Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 2014
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Gaja Barbaresco 2014 Front Label
    Gaja Barbaresco 2014
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Luigi Einaudi Barolo Cannubi 2014  Front Label
    Luigi Einaudi Barolo Cannubi 2014
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Gaja Sperss Barolo 2014  Front Label
    Gaja Sperss Barolo 2014
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino Pelagrilli 2014  Front Label
    Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino Pelagrilli 2014
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Brovia Barolo Unio 2014  Front Label
    Brovia Barolo Unio 2014
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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