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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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  • Tenuta Sant'Antonio Amarone Selezione Antonio Castagnedi (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
    Tenuta Sant'Antonio Amarone Selezione Antonio Castagnedi (375ML half-bottle) 2012
    Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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    • Ruffino Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
      Ruffino Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva (375ML half-bottle) 2012
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Gaja Ca'Marcanda Magari (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
      Gaja Ca'Marcanda Magari (375ML half-bottle) 2012
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Viticcio Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
      Viticcio Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2012
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Michele Chiarlo Nivole Moscato d'Asti (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
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        Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico RS (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
          Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico RS (375ML half-bottle) 2012
          Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
            Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2012
            Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico (375ML Half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
            Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico (375ML Half-bottle) 2012
            Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Mocali Rosso Di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
            Mocali Rosso Di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2012
            Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Banfi Rosa Regale Brachetto (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
            Banfi Rosa Regale Brachetto (375ML half-bottle) 2012
            Red Sparkling Wine from Piedmont, Italy
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            • Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
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              Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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            • Felsina Fontalloro (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
              Felsina Fontalloro (375ML half-bottle) 2012
              Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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            • Querciabella Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
              Querciabella Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2012
              Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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            • Boscarelli Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
              Boscarelli Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (375ML half-bottle) 2012
              Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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            • La Spinetta Barbera d'Asti Ca Di Pian (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
              La Spinetta Barbera d'Asti Ca Di Pian (375ML half-bottle) 2012
              Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Paolo Scavino Barolo (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
              Paolo Scavino Barolo (375ML half-bottle) 2012
              Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Jermann Dreams (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
              Jermann Dreams (375ML half-bottle) 2012
              Chardonnay from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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            • Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
              Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio (375ML half-bottle) 2012
              Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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              • Terrabianca Campaccio (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
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                Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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                • Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
                  Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2012
                  Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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                • Campagnola Amarone della Valpolicella Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
                  Campagnola Amarone della Valpolicella Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2012
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                • Camigliano Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
                  Camigliano Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2012
                  Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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                • Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
                  Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2012
                  Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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                • Banfi Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2012  Front Label
                  Banfi Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2012
                  Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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                  • Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
                    Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia (375ML half-bottle) 2012
                    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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