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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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  • Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
    Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ceretto Barbaresco 2016  Front Label
    Ceretto Barbaresco 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2016  Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2016
    Nebbiolo from Serralunga d'Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Ziobaffa Organic Toscana 2016  Front Label
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    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Capezzana Villa di Carmignano 2016  Front Label
    Capezzana Villa di Carmignano 2016
    Tuscan Blends from Carmignano, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo 2016  Front Label
    Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Podere Grattamacco Bolgheri Superiore 2016  Front Label
    Podere Grattamacco Bolgheri Superiore 2016
    Other Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tasca d'Almerita Lamuri Nero d'Avola 2016  Front Label
    Tasca d'Almerita Lamuri Nero d'Avola 2016
    Nero d'Avola from Sicily, Italy
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  • Donnafugata Mille e una Notte 2016  Front Label
    Donnafugata Mille e una Notte 2016
    Nero d'Avola from Sicily, Italy
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  • Querciabella Chianti Classico 2016  Front Label
    Querciabella Chianti Classico 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Fratelli Seghesio Barolo 2016  Front Label
    Fratelli Seghesio Barolo 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Castello di Ama Haiku 2016  Front Label
    Castello di Ama Haiku 2016
    Other Red Blends from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • ColleMassari Montecucco Rigoleto 2016 Front Label
    ColleMassari Montecucco Rigoleto 2016
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Marchesi di Barolo Tradizione Barbaresco 2016  Front Label
    Marchesi di Barolo Tradizione Barbaresco 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • La Spinetta Barbaresco Gallina 2016  Front Label
    La Spinetta Barbaresco Gallina 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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