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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 wines. 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 Italian wine 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 Italian wine 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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  • 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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  • La Marca Prosecco (375ML half-bottle)  Front Label
    La Marca Prosecco (375ML half-bottle)
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
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    • Banfi Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2015  Front Label
      Banfi Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2015
      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Altesino Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2017  Front Label
      Altesino Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2017
      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Felsina Vin Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2011  Front Label
      Felsina Vin Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2011
      Other Dessert from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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        • Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth (375ML half-bottle)  Front Bottle Shot
          Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth (375ML half-bottle)
          Vermouth from Italy
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          • Michele Chiarlo Nivole Moscato d'Asti (375ML half-bottle) 2020  Front Label
            Michele Chiarlo Nivole Moscato d'Asti (375ML half-bottle) 2020
            Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, 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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              • Donnafugata Ben Rye (375ML half-bottle) 2019  Front Label
                Donnafugata Ben Rye (375ML half-bottle) 2019
                Other Dessert from Sicily, Italy
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              • Zenato Amarone (375ML half-bottle) 2017  Front Label
                Zenato Amarone (375ML half-bottle) 2017
                Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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                • Querciabella Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2017  Front Label
                  Querciabella Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2017
                  Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                • Tiefenbrunner Pinot Grigio (375ML half-bottle) 2020  Front Label
                  Tiefenbrunner Pinot Grigio (375ML half-bottle) 2020
                  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)
                    Sparkling Rosé from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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                  • Saracco Moscato d'Asti (375ML half-bottle) 2021  Front Label
                    Saracco Moscato d'Asti (375ML half-bottle) 2021
                    Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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