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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 wines. 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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  • Azelia Barolo Bricco Fiasco 2012 Front Label
    Azelia Barolo Bricco Fiasco 2012
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2012 Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2012
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2012 Front Label
    Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2012
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico 2012 Front Label
    Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico 2012
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2012 Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2012
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Azelia Margheria Barolo 2012 Front Label
    Azelia Margheria Barolo 2012
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • La Spinetta Barbaresco Gallina 2012 Front Label
    La Spinetta Barbaresco Gallina 2012
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    Sottimano Barbaresco Fausoni 2012
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Ravera 2012 Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Ravera 2012
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Caiarossa  2012  Front Label
    Caiarossa 2012
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Riserva Villero 2012  Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Riserva Villero 2012
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Podere Grattamacco Bolgheri L'Alberello Superiore 2012 Front Label
    Podere Grattamacco Bolgheri L'Alberello Superiore 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012 Front Label
    Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012 Front Label
    Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso 2012 Front Label
    Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso 2012
    Other Red Blends from Sicily, Italy
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  • La Spinetta Barolo Campe 2012 Front Label
    La Spinetta Barolo Campe 2012
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Rocche di Castiglione 2012 Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Rocche di Castiglione 2012
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Argiano Brunello di Montalcino (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Argiano Brunello di Montalcino (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Brunate 2012 Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Brunate 2012
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • La Rasina Brunello di Montalcino (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    La Rasina Brunello di Montalcino (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • La Serena Brunello di Montalcino 2012 Front Label
    La Serena Brunello di Montalcino 2012
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Valenti Puritani Etna Rosso 2012 Front Label
    Valenti Puritani Etna Rosso 2012
    Other Red Wine from Sicily, Italy
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  • Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino Vecchie Vigne 2012 Front Label
    Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino Vecchie Vigne 2012
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tasca d'Almerita Rosso del Conte 2012  Front Label
    Tasca d'Almerita Rosso del Conte 2012
    Other Red Blends from Italy
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  • Elio Altare Barolo 2012 Front Label
    Elio Altare Barolo 2012
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • RP92
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