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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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  • Querciabella Chianti Classico 2015 Front Label
    Querciabella Chianti Classico 2015
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tolaini Al Passo Toscana 2016 Front Label
    Tolaini Al Passo Toscana 2016
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Bellissima Prosecco Brut Front Label
    Bellissima Prosecco Brut
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Veneto, Italy
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    • Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2016  Front Label
      Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2016
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Ornellaia Le Volte dell'Ornellaia 2017  Front Label
      Ornellaia Le Volte dell'Ornellaia 2017
      Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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      • JS91
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    • Ferrari Brut Front Label
      Ferrari Brut
      Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Trentino, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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    • Podere Grattamacco Bolgheri Rosso 2018  Front Label
      Podere Grattamacco Bolgheri Rosso 2018
      Other Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Ferrari Giulio Ferrari Riserva del Fondatore 2007  Front Label
      Ferrari Giulio Ferrari Riserva del Fondatore 2007
      Vintage Sparkling Wine from Trentino, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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    • Vietti  Moscato d'Asti 2019  Front Label
      Vietti Moscato d'Asti 2019
      Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
      • WW92
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    • Ziobaffa Organic Pinot Grigio 2019  Front Label
      Ziobaffa Organic Pinot Grigio 2019
      Pinot Gris/Grigio from Puglia, Italy
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      • Tiamo Chianti 2018  Front Label
        Tiamo Chianti 2018
        Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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        • Tiamo Prosecco Made with Organic Grapes  Front Label
          Tiamo Prosecco Made with Organic Grapes
          Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
          • WW90
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        • Ca'Viola Bric du Luv Barbera d'Alba 2015  Front Label
          Ca'Viola Bric du Luv Barbera d'Alba 2015
          Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Il Palagio Roxanne Toscana Rosso 2018  Front Label
          Il Palagio Roxanne Toscana Rosso 2018
          Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
          • JS93
          • WW91
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        • Tiamo Pinot Grigio 2019  Front Label
          Tiamo Pinot Grigio 2019
          Pinot Gris/Grigio from Veneto, Italy
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          • Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico 2017  Front Label
            Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico 2017
            Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
            • WE92
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          • Candoni Organic Merlot 2018  Front Label
            Candoni Organic Merlot 2018
            Merlot from Veneto, Italy
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            • Botromagno Primitivo 2018  Front Label
              Botromagno Primitivo 2018
              Primitivo from Italy
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              • Di Majo Norante Contado Riserva 2014  Front Label
                Di Majo Norante Contado Riserva 2014
                Aglianico from Molise, Italy
                • JS94
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              • Bucci Verdicchio Classico dei Castelli di Jesi 2018  Front Label
                Bucci Verdicchio Classico dei Castelli di Jesi 2018
                Verdicchio from Marche, Italy
                • D95
                • WE91
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              • Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo 2015  Front Label
                Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo 2015
                Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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              • Ferrari Perle 2013  Front Label
                Ferrari Perle 2013
                Vintage Sparkling Wine from Trentino, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
                • JS90
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              • Ceretto Barbaresco 2016  Front Label
                Ceretto Barbaresco 2016
                Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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