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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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    Antinori Tignanello 2016
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2016  Front Label
    Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • San Filippo Brunello di Montalcino Le Lucere 2015  Front Label
    San Filippo Brunello di Montalcino Le Lucere 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta Guado al Tasso  2016 Front Label
    Tenuta Guado al Tasso 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto 2015  Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • La Lecciaia Brunello di Montalcino 2013  Front Label
    La Lecciaia Brunello di Montalcino 2013
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Zonin Prosecco Front Label
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    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
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    Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Ziobaffa Organic Toscana 2014 Front Label
    Ziobaffa Organic Toscana 2014
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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    Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
    Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco Superiore
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Valdobbiadene, Prosecco, Italy
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  • San Filippo Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
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    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Viticcio Chianti Classico Riserva 2015
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Querciabella Chianti Classico 2015
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • St. Michael-Eppan Sanct Valentin Pinot Grigio 2017  Front Label
    St. Michael-Eppan Sanct Valentin Pinot Grigio 2017
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alto Adige, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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    Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi 2015
    Aglianico from Campania, Italy
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    Castellani Sangiovese 2014
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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