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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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  • Sottimano Barbaresco Fausoni 2018  Front Label
    Sottimano Barbaresco Fausoni 2018
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Tasca d'Almerita Mozia Grillo 2018  Front Label
    Tasca d'Almerita Mozia Grillo 2018
    Grillo from Sicily, Italy
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  • Podere Grattamacco Bolgheri Rosso 2018  Front Label
    Podere Grattamacco Bolgheri Rosso 2018
    Tuscan Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico 2018  Front Label
    Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico 2018
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Vietti Barbera d'Alba Tre Vigne 2018  Front Label
    Vietti Barbera d'Alba Tre Vigne 2018
    Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • La Spinetta Barbaresco Gallina 2018  Front Label
    La Spinetta Barbaresco Gallina 2018
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Venica & Venica Ronco delle Mele Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Venica & Venica Ronco delle Mele Sauvignon 2018
    Sauvignon Blanc from Collio Goriziano, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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  • Elio Altare Dolcetto d'Alba 2018  Front Label
    Elio Altare Dolcetto d'Alba 2018
    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Podere Il Castellaccio Dinostro 2018  Front Label
    Podere Il Castellaccio Dinostro 2018
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Alois Lageder Porer Pinot Grigio 2018 Front Label
    Alois Lageder Porer Pinot Grigio 2018
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • San Salvatore Pian di Stio Paestum Fiano 2018  Front Label
    San Salvatore Pian di Stio Paestum Fiano 2018
    Fiano from Campania, Italy
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  • Kofererhof Sylvaner 2018  Front Label
    Kofererhof Sylvaner 2018
    Silvaner from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
    • RP92
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  • Vietti Roero Arneis 2018 Front Label
    Vietti Roero Arneis 2018
    Arneis from Roero, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Feudo Montoni Lagnusa Nero d'Avola 2018  Front Label
    Feudo Montoni Lagnusa Nero d'Avola 2018
    Nero d'Avola from Sicily, Italy
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  • La Rasina Rosso di Montalcino 2018  Front Label
    La Rasina Rosso di Montalcino 2018
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
    • RP89
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