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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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  • Tasca d'Almerita Sicilia Tascante Ghiaia Nera 2017  Front Label
    Tasca d'Almerita Sicilia Tascante Ghiaia Nera 2017
    Nerello Mascalese from Sicily, Italy
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  • Bruna Grimaldi Nebbiolo d'Alba 2017  Front Label
    Bruna Grimaldi Nebbiolo d'Alba 2017
    Nebbiolo from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Tasca d'Almerita Lamuri Nero d'Avola 2017  Front Label
    Tasca d'Almerita Lamuri Nero d'Avola 2017
    Nero d'Avola from Sicily, Italy
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    • Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Santo Spirito 2017  Front Label
      Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Santo Spirito 2017
      Other Red Blends from Sicily, Italy
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    • Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva 2017  Front Label
      Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva 2017
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Il Palagio When We Dance Chianti 2017 Front Label
      Il Palagio When We Dance Chianti 2017
      Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Livio Felluga Pinot Grigio 2017 Front Label
      Livio Felluga Pinot Grigio 2017
      Pinot Gris/Grigio from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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    • Petrolo Torrione 2017  Front Label
      Petrolo Torrione 2017
      Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Sottimano Barbaresco Cotta 2017  Front Label
      Sottimano Barbaresco Cotta 2017
      Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Querciabella Mongrana 2017  Front Label
      Querciabella Mongrana 2017
      Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Toscana Rosso 2017  Front Label
      Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Toscana Rosso 2017
      Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Duemani CiFRA Cabernet Franc 2017 Front Label
        Duemani CiFRA Cabernet Franc 2017
        Cabernet Franc from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Calderara Sottana 2017  Front Label
        Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Calderara Sottana 2017
        Other Red Blends from Sicily, Italy
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      • Murgo Brut Rose 2017  Front Label
        Murgo Brut Rose 2017
        Rosé Sparkling Wine from Sicily, Italy
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        • Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Feudo di Mezzo 2017  Front Label
          Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Feudo di Mezzo 2017
          Other Red Blends from Sicily, Italy
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          • Tasca d'Almerita Regaleali Nero d'Avola 2017  Front Label
            Tasca d'Almerita Regaleali Nero d'Avola 2017
            Nero d'Avola from Sicily, Italy
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          • Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico 2017  Front Label
            Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico 2017
            Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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          • La Lastra Chianti Colli Senesi 2017  Front Label
            La Lastra Chianti Colli Senesi 2017
            Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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            • Di Giovanna Vurria 2017  Front Label
              Di Giovanna Vurria 2017
              Nero d'Avola from Sicily, Italy
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              • Vietti Barbera d'Alba Scarrone 2017  Front Label
                Vietti Barbera d'Alba Scarrone 2017
                Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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              • Feudo di Santa Tresa Frappato 2017 Front Label
                Feudo di Santa Tresa Frappato 2017
                Frappato from Sicily, Italy
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                • Casaloste Chianti Classico 2017  Front Label
                  Casaloste Chianti Classico 2017
                  Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                • Di Majo Norante Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
                  Di Majo Norante Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
                  Cabernet Sauvignon from Molise, Italy
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                • Giacomo Mori Chianti 2017  Front Label
                  Giacomo Mori Chianti 2017
                  Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                  • Pievalta Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore 2017  Front Label
                    Pievalta Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore 2017
                    Verdicchio from Marche, Italy
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