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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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  • Banfi Rosa Regale Brachetto (375ML half-bottle) 2011 Front Label
    Banfi Rosa Regale Brachetto (375ML half-bottle) 2011
    Red Sparkling Wine from Piedmont, Italy
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    • Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico (375ML Half-bottle) 2011 Front Label
      Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico (375ML Half-bottle) 2011
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Altesino Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2011 Front Label
      Altesino Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2011
      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Paolo Scavino Barolo (375ML half-bottle) 2011 Front Label
      Paolo Scavino Barolo (375ML half-bottle) 2011
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico RS (375ML half-bottle) 2011 Front Label
      Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico RS (375ML half-bottle) 2011
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Luiano Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2011 Front Label
      Luiano Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2011
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Michele Chiarlo Nivole Moscato d'Asti (375ML half-bottle) 2011 Front Label
      Michele Chiarlo Nivole Moscato d'Asti (375ML half-bottle) 2011
      Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Donnafugata Ben Rye (375ML half-bottle) 2011 Front Label
        Donnafugata Ben Rye (375ML half-bottle) 2011
        Other Dessert from Sicily, Italy
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        • La Spinetta Barbera d'Asti Ca Di Pian (375ML half-bottle) 2011 Front Label
          La Spinetta Barbera d'Asti Ca Di Pian (375ML half-bottle) 2011
          Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva (375ML half-bottle) 2011 Front Label
            Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva (375ML half-bottle) 2011
            Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio (375ML half-bottle) 2011 Front Label
            Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio (375ML half-bottle) 2011
            Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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            • Ruffino Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva (375ML half-bottle) 2011 Front Label
              Ruffino Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva (375ML half-bottle) 2011
              Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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              • Terrabianca Campaccio (375ML half-bottle) 2011 Front Label
                Terrabianca Campaccio (375ML half-bottle) 2011
                Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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                • Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva (375ML half-bottle) 2011 Front Label
                  Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva (375ML half-bottle) 2011
                  Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                • Castellare Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2011 Front Label
                  Castellare Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2011
                  Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                • Damilano Barolo Lecinquevigne (375ML half-bottle) 2011 Front Label
                  Damilano Barolo Lecinquevigne (375ML half-bottle) 2011
                  Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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                • Ceretto Santo Stefano Moscato d'Asti (375ML half-bottle) 2011 Front Label
                  Ceretto Santo Stefano Moscato d'Asti (375ML half-bottle) 2011
                  Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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                  • Terrabianca Chianti Classico Scassino (375ML half-bottle) 2011 Front Label
                    Terrabianca Chianti Classico Scassino (375ML half-bottle) 2011
                    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                  • Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia (375ML half-bottle) 2011 Front Label
                    Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia (375ML half-bottle) 2011
                    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                  • Marcarini Barolo Brunate (375ML half-bottle) 2011 Front Label
                    Marcarini Barolo Brunate (375ML half-bottle) 2011
                    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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                  • Gaja Ca'Marcanda Magari (375ML half-bottle) 2011 Front Label
                    Gaja Ca'Marcanda Magari (375ML half-bottle) 2011
                    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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                  • Pio Cesare Barolo (375ML half-bottle) 2011 Front Label
                    Pio Cesare Barolo (375ML half-bottle) 2011
                    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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                  • Zenato Amarone (375ML half-bottle) 2011 Front Label
                    Zenato Amarone (375ML half-bottle) 2011
                    Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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                  • Camigliano Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2011 Front Label
                    Camigliano Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2011
                    Sangiovese from Montalcino, 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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