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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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  • Podere Grattamacco Bolgheri Rosso 2018  Front Label
    Podere Grattamacco Bolgheri Rosso 2018
    Other Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Bucci Verdicchio Classico dei Castelli di Jesi 2018  Front Label
    Bucci Verdicchio Classico dei Castelli di Jesi 2018
    Verdicchio from Marche, Italy
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  • Tiamo Chianti 2018  Front Label
    Tiamo Chianti 2018
    Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Botromagno Primitivo 2018  Front Label
      Botromagno Primitivo 2018
      Primitivo from Italy
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      • Il Palagio Roxanne Toscana Rosso 2018  Front Label
        Il Palagio Roxanne Toscana Rosso 2018
        Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Candoni Organic Merlot 2018  Front Label
        Candoni Organic Merlot 2018
        Merlot from Veneto, Italy
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        • Di Majo Norante Sangiovese 2018  Front Label
          Di Majo Norante Sangiovese 2018
          Sangiovese from 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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          • Ceretto Rossana Dolcetto d'Alba 2018  Front Label
            Ceretto Rossana Dolcetto d'Alba 2018
            Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Gini Soave Classico 2018  Front Label
              Gini Soave Classico 2018
              Garganega from Soave, Veneto, Italy
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            • ColleMassari Vermentino Melacce 2018  Front Label
              ColleMassari Vermentino Melacce 2018
              Vermentino from Tuscany, Italy
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            • Donnafugata Anthilia 2018  Front Label
              Donnafugata Anthilia 2018
              Other White Blends from Sicily, Italy
              • JS92
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            • Suavia Soave Classico 2018  Front Label
              Suavia Soave Classico 2018
              Garganega from Soave, Veneto, Italy
              • JS93
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            • Il Palagio Roxanne Toscana Bianco 2018  Front Label
              Il Palagio Roxanne Toscana Bianco 2018
              Other White Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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            • Tiberio Pecorino 2018  Front Label
              Tiberio Pecorino 2018
              Other White Wine from Abruzzo, Italy
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              • Pizzolato Prosecco Fields Brut 2018  Front Label
                Pizzolato Prosecco Fields Brut 2018
                Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
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              • Il Poggione Rosso di Montalcino 2018  Front Label
                Il Poggione Rosso di Montalcino 2018
                Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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              • Scarpetta Barbera del Monferrato 2018  Front Label
                Scarpetta Barbera del Monferrato 2018
                Barbera from Piedmont, Italy
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              • Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Rosso di Montalcino 2018  Front Label
                Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Rosso di Montalcino 2018
                Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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              • Tasca d'Almerita Regaleali Bianco 2018  Front Label
                Tasca d'Almerita Regaleali Bianco 2018
                Other White Blends from Sicily, 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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                  • Venica & Venica Ronco del Cero Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
                    Venica & Venica Ronco del Cero Sauvignon 2018
                    Sauvignon Blanc from Collio Goriziano, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                    • Donnafugata Lighea Dry Muscat 2018  Front Label
                      Donnafugata Lighea Dry Muscat 2018
                      Muscat from Sicily, Italy
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                    • Venica & Venica Jesera Pinot Grigio 2018  Front Label
                      Venica & Venica Jesera Pinot Grigio 2018
                      Pinot Gris/Grigio from Collio Goriziano, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                      • Tiberio Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2018  Front Label
                        Tiberio Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2018
                        Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
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