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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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  • Ornellaia (375ML half-bottle) 2016  Front Label
    Ornellaia (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore (375ML half-bottle)  Front Label
    Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore (375ML half-bottle)
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Valdobbiadene, Prosecco, Italy
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  • Santa Margherita Chianti Classico Riserva (375ML half-bottle) 2016  Front Label
    Santa Margherita Chianti Classico Riserva (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2016  Front Label
      Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2016
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Donnafugata Ben Rye (375ML half-bottle) 2017  Front Label
      Donnafugata Ben Rye (375ML half-bottle) 2017
      Other Dessert from Sicily, Italy
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      • Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth (375ML half-bottle) Front Label
        Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth (375ML half-bottle)
        Vermouth from Italy
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        • Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
          Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio (375ML half-bottle) 2018
          Pinot Gris/Grigio from Italy
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          • Ca' del Bosco Franciacorta Cuvee Prestige (375ML half-bottle)  Front Label
            Ca' del Bosco Franciacorta Cuvee Prestige (375ML half-bottle)
            Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Lombardy, Italy
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          • Ceretto Santo Stefano Moscato d'Asti (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
            Ceretto Santo Stefano Moscato d'Asti (375ML half-bottle) 2018
            Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (375ML half-bottle) 2016  Front Label
              Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (375ML half-bottle) 2016
              Sangiovese from Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy
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            • Badia a Coltibuono Vin Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2011  Front Label
              Badia a Coltibuono Vin Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2011
              Other Dessert from Tuscany, Italy
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            • Ruffino Prosecco (375ML half-bottle)  Front Label
              Ruffino Prosecco (375ML half-bottle)
              Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
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              • Tiefenbrunner Pinot Grigio (375ML half-bottle) 2018 Front Label
                Tiefenbrunner Pinot Grigio (375ML half-bottle) 2018
                Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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              • Santa Margherita Sparkling Rose (375ML half-bottle) Front Label
                Santa Margherita Sparkling Rose (375ML half-bottle)
                Rosé Sparkling Wine from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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              • Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2015  Front Label
                Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2015
                Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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              • Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico RS (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
                Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico RS (375ML half-bottle) 2018
                Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                • Saracco Moscato d'Asti (375ML half-bottle) 2018 Front Label
                  Saracco Moscato d'Asti (375ML half-bottle) 2018
                  Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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                • Camigliano Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2014 Front Label
                  Camigliano Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2014
                  Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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