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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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  • San Filippo Brunello di Montalcino Le Lucere 2016  Front Label
    San Filippo Brunello di Montalcino Le Lucere 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ornellaia  2018  Front Label
    Ornellaia 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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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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  • Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2013 Front Label
    Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2013
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, 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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  • Tenuta di Arceno Arcanum 2015  Front Label
    Tenuta di Arceno Arcanum 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2015  Front Label
    Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, 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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  • Massolino Vigna Rionda Riserva Barolo 2015  Front Label
    Massolino Vigna Rionda Riserva Barolo 2015
    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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  • Ornellaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2018  Front Label
    Ornellaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2015  Front Label
    Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, 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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  • Ruffino Greppone Mazzi Brunello di Montalcino 2014  Front Label
    Ruffino Greppone Mazzi Brunello di Montalcino 2014
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, 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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  • Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Rabaja 2017  Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Rabaja 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Pio Cesare Il Bricco Barbaresco 2016  Front Label
    Pio Cesare Il Bricco Barbaresco 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, 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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  • 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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  • Fontanafredda Barolo Vigna La Rosa 2016  Front Label
    Fontanafredda Barolo Vigna La Rosa 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2017  Front Label
    Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione 2018  Front Label
    Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione 2018
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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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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  • Masseto (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Masseto (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana 2018  Front Label
    Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana 2018
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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