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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 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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  • Tenuta Guado al Tasso  2016 Front Label
    Tenuta Guado al Tasso 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto 2015  Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto 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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  • Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
    Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2016  Front Label
    Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Mazzei Chianti Classico Riserva Ser Lapo 2016  Front Label
    Mazzei Chianti Classico Riserva Ser Lapo 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Querciabella Chianti Classico 2015 Front Label
    Querciabella Chianti Classico 2015
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Masi Masianco Pinot Grigio/Verduzzo 2018 Front Label
    Masi Masianco Pinot Grigio/Verduzzo 2018
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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  • Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore  Front Label
    Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Valdobbiadene, Prosecco, Italy
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  • Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2016  Front Label
    Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
    Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Antinori Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2016  Front Label
    Antinori Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Bisol Crede Prosecco Superiore 2017  Front Label
    Bisol Crede Prosecco Superiore 2017
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Valdobbiadene, Prosecco, Italy
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  • Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2015  Front Label
    Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2015
    Sangiovese from Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino White Label 2015  Front Label
    Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino White Label 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino 2013 Front Label
    Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino 2013
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
    Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ornellaia  2016  Front Label
    Ornellaia 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore (375ML half-bottle)  Front Label
    Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore (375ML half-bottle)
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Valdobbiadene, Prosecco, Italy
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  • Dal Forno Romano Monte Lodoletta Amarone della Valpolicella 2008 Front Label
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    Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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  • Bertani Amarone Classico 2009 Front Label
    Bertani Amarone Classico 2009
    Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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  • Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2016  Front Label
    Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, 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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  • Tasca d'Almerita Lamuri Nero d'Avola Sicilia 2016  Front Label
    Tasca d'Almerita Lamuri Nero d'Avola Sicilia 2016
    Nero d'Avola from Sicily, 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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