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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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  • Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
    Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ziobaffa Organic Toscana 2015  Front Label
    Ziobaffa Organic Toscana 2015
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ferrari Brut Front Label
    Ferrari Brut
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Trentino, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Rocche di Castiglione 2015  Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Rocche di Castiglione 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Ornellaia Le Volte dell'Ornellaia 2018  Front Label
    Ornellaia Le Volte dell'Ornellaia 2018
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Belguardo Maremma Toscana 2015  Front Label
    Belguardo Maremma Toscana 2015
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Il Palagio Roxanne Toscana Rosso 2018  Front Label
    Il Palagio Roxanne Toscana Rosso 2018
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino 2013 Front Label
    Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino 2013
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • D90
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  • Vietti Barolo Ravera 2015  Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Ravera 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Il Palagio Sister Moon 2013  Front Label
    Il Palagio Sister Moon 2013
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2015  Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • D94
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  • Capezzana Barco Reale 2016  Front Label
    Capezzana Barco Reale 2016
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tolaini Legit Cabernet Sauvignon 2013  Front Label
    Tolaini Legit Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2016  Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2016
    Nebbiolo from Serralunga d'Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Tiberio Trebbiano d'Abruzzo 2018  Front Label
    Tiberio Trebbiano d'Abruzzo 2018
    Trebbiano from Abruzzo, Italy
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    • Castiglion del Bosco Dainero 2018  Front Label
      Castiglion del Bosco Dainero 2018
      Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Il Palagio Casino Delle Vie 2015  Front Label
      Il Palagio Casino Delle Vie 2015
      Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Poggio di Sotto Rosso di Montalcino 2014  Front Label
      Poggio di Sotto Rosso di Montalcino 2014
      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • ColleMassari Montecucco Rigoleto 2016 Front Label
      ColleMassari Montecucco Rigoleto 2016
      Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • ColleMassari Montecucco Rosso Riserva 2015  Front Label
      ColleMassari Montecucco Rosso Riserva 2015
      Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Castiglion del Bosco Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
      Castiglion del Bosco Chardonnay 2018
      Chardonnay from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Vietti Barolo Ravera 2014  Front Label
        Vietti Barolo Ravera 2014
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Vietti Barolo Brunate 2015  Front Label
        Vietti Barolo Brunate 2015
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Tiberio Pecorino 2018  Front Label
        Tiberio Pecorino 2018
        Other White Wine from Abruzzo, Italy
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        • Vietti Barolo Brunate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015  Front Label
          Vietti Barolo Brunate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015
          Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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