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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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  • Tolaini Picconero Tenuta Montebello 2011  Front Label
    Tolaini Picconero Tenuta Montebello 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Rocche di Castiglione 2011 Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Rocche di Castiglione 2011
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino 2011 Front Label
    Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino 2011
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ferrari Perle 2011  Front Label
    Ferrari Perle 2011
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Trentino, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Guardiola 2011 Front Label
    Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Guardiola 2011
    Other Red Blends from Sicily, Italy
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  • Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Calderara Sottana 2011 Front Label
    Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Calderara Sottana 2011
    Other Red Blends from Sicily, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2011 Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2011
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino Vecchie Vigne 2011
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Elio Altare Barolo 2011 Front Label
    Elio Altare Barolo 2011
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Masseria Li Veli Askos Verdeca 2011 Front Label
    Masseria Li Veli Askos Verdeca 2011
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  • La Serena Brunello di Montalcino 2011 Front Label
    La Serena Brunello di Montalcino 2011
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Pala S'Arai 2011 Front Label
    Pala S'Arai 2011
    Other Red Blends from Sardinia, Italy
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  • Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso 2011 Front Label
    Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso 2011
    Other Red Blends from Sicily, Italy
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  • Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Bianco Le Vigne Niche 2011 Front Label
    Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Bianco Le Vigne Niche 2011
    Other White Blends from Sicily, Italy
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  • Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2011 Front Label
    Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2011
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Santo Spirito 2011
    Other Red Blends from Sicily, Italy
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  • Azelia Barolo 2011 Front Label
    Azelia Barolo 2011
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • La Serena Brunello di Montalcino (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    La Serena Brunello di Montalcino (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Riserva 2011 Front Label
    Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Riserva 2011
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2011
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico 2011 Front Label
    Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico 2011
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Ravera 2011 Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Ravera 2011
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Belguardo Maremma Toscana 2011 Front Label
    Belguardo Maremma Toscana 2011
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Tuscany, Italy
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