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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2011 Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2011
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, 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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  • Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino Vecchie Vigne 2011 Front Label
    Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino Vecchie Vigne 2011
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo delle Langhe 2011 Front Label
    Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo delle Langhe 2011
    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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    • Il Palagio Sister Moon 2011 Front Label
      Il Palagio Sister Moon 2011
      Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
      • JS96
      • WS91
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    • Querciabella Mongrana 2011 Front Label
      Querciabella Mongrana 2011
      Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
      • JS90
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    • Elio Altare Barolo 2011 Front Label
      Elio Altare Barolo 2011
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      • RP93
      • WS91
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    • Salicutti Brunello di Montalcino Piaggione 2011 Front Label
      Salicutti Brunello di Montalcino Piaggione 2011
      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Il Palagio Message in a Bottle 2011 Front Label
      Il Palagio Message in a Bottle 2011
      Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
      • JS91
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    • Il Palagio Casino Delle Vie 2011 Front Label
      Il Palagio Casino Delle Vie 2011
      Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
      • JS93
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    • Prelius Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Front Label
      Prelius Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Feudo di Santa Tresa Purato Nero d'Avola 2011 Front Label
        Feudo di Santa Tresa Purato Nero d'Avola 2011
        Nero d'Avola from Sicily, 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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        • Tiamo Pinot Grigio 2011 Front Label
          Tiamo Pinot Grigio 2011
          Pinot Gris/Grigio from Veneto, Italy
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          • Pala Essentija Bovale 2011 Front Label
            Pala Essentija Bovale 2011
            Other Red Wine from Sardinia, Italy
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          • Frescobaldi Terre More dell'Ammiraglia 2011 Front Label
            Frescobaldi Terre More dell'Ammiraglia 2011
            Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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            • Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2011 Front Label
              Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2011
              Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Mauro Veglio Barolo 2011 Front Label
              Mauro Veglio Barolo 2011
              Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, 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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              • D91
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            • Vietti Moscato d'Asti 2011 Front Label
              Vietti Moscato d'Asti 2011
              Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Capezzana Barco Reale 2011 Front Label
              Capezzana Barco Reale 2011
              Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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              • Masseria Li Veli Askos Verdeca 2011 Front Label
                Masseria Li Veli Askos Verdeca 2011
                Other White Blends from Italy
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