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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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    Zenato Amarone (375ML half-bottle) 2010
    Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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  • Banfi Rosa Regale Brachetto (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
    Banfi Rosa Regale Brachetto (375ML half-bottle) 2010
    Red Sparkling Wine from Piedmont, Italy
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    • Castellare Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
      Castellare Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2010
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Terrabianca Campaccio (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
      Terrabianca Campaccio (375ML half-bottle) 2010
      Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Marcarini Barolo Brunate (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
        Marcarini Barolo Brunate (375ML half-bottle) 2010
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
        Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2010
        Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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      • La Spinetta Barbera d'Asti Ca Di Pian (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
        La Spinetta Barbera d'Asti Ca Di Pian (375ML half-bottle) 2010
        Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Santa Margherita Chianti Classico Riserva (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
        Santa Margherita Chianti Classico Riserva (375ML half-bottle) 2010
        Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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        • Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
          Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2010
          Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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        • Dei Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
          Dei Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (375ML half-bottle) 2010
          Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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        • Fontodi Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
          Fontodi Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2010
          Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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        • Castellare Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale (375ML) 2010 Front Label
          Castellare Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale (375ML) 2010
          Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico (375ML Half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
            Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico (375ML Half-bottle) 2010
            Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
            Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio (375ML half-bottle) 2010
            Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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            • Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
              Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva (375ML half-bottle) 2010
              Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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              • Querciabella Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
                Querciabella Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2010
                Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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              • Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
                Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2010
                Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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              • Jermann Pinot Grigio (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
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                Pinot Gris/Grigio from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                • Felsina Fontalloro (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
                  Felsina Fontalloro (375ML half-bottle) 2010
                  Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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                • Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
                  Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva (375ML half-bottle) 2010
                  Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                • Badia a Coltibuono Vin Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
                  Badia a Coltibuono Vin Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2010
                  Other Dessert from Tuscany, Italy
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                  • Donnafugata Ben Rye (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
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                    • La Serena Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
                      La Serena Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2010
                      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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                    • Pio Cesare Barolo (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
                      Pio Cesare Barolo (375ML half-bottle) 2010
                      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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                    • Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
                      Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia (375ML half-bottle) 2010
                      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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