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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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    Pio Cesare Barolo 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    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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  • Querciabella Chianti Classico 2015 Front Label
    Querciabella Chianti Classico 2015
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Sangiovese from Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
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  • Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
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    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Pio Cesare Il Bricco Barbaresco 2015  Front Label
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    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Zenato Amarone 2015  Front Label
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    Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Donatella Cinelli Colombini Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
    Donatella Cinelli Colombini Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Gaja Costa Russi 2015  Front Label
    Gaja Costa Russi 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Ravera 2015  Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Ravera 2015
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  • Avignonesi Desiderio Merlot 2015  Front Label
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    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Capezzana Villa di Carmignano 2015  Front Label
    Capezzana Villa di Carmignano 2015
    Tuscan Blends from Carmignano, Tuscany, Italy
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    Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Gaja Sori Tildin 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    Altesino Montosoli Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Gaja Barbaresco (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    Vietti Barolo Ravera (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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