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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 Langhe Nebbiolo 2019  Front Label
    Azelia Langhe Nebbiolo 2019
    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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  • San Salvatore Trentenare Paestum Fiano 2019  Front Label
    San Salvatore Trentenare Paestum Fiano 2019
    Fiano from Campania, Italy
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  • La Lastra Vernaccia 2019  Front Label
    La Lastra Vernaccia 2019
    Vernaccia from San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Vietti Roero Arneis 2019  Front Label
    Vietti Roero Arneis 2019
    Arneis from Roero, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Bruna Grimaldi San Martino Dolcetto d'Alba 2019  Front Label
    Bruna Grimaldi San Martino Dolcetto d'Alba 2019
    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Ciro Picariello Fiano di Avellino 2019  Front Label
    Ciro Picariello Fiano di Avellino 2019
    Fiano from Campania, Italy
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  • Duemani CiFRA Cabernet Franc 2019  Front Label
    Duemani CiFRA Cabernet Franc 2019
    Cabernet Franc from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Vietti Barbera d'Alba Tre Vigne 2019  Front Label
    Vietti Barbera d'Alba Tre Vigne 2019
    Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Terlan Muller Thurgau 2019  Front Label
    Terlan Muller Thurgau 2019
    Muller Thurgau from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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