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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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  • Mazzei Chianti Classico Riserva Ser Lapo 2016  Front Label
    Mazzei Chianti Classico Riserva Ser Lapo 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, 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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  • Viticcio Chianti Classico 2016  Front Label
    Viticcio Chianti Classico 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Antinori Villa Toscana 2016 Front Label
    Antinori Villa Toscana 2016
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2016  Front Label
    Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2016  Front Label
    Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
    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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  • Gaja Barbaresco 2016  Front Label
    Gaja Barbaresco 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Antinori Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2016  Front Label
    Antinori Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2016  Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Barone Ricasoli Rocca Guicciarda Chianti Classico Riserva 2016 Front Label
    Barone Ricasoli Rocca Guicciarda Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tolaini Al Passo Toscana 2016 Front Label
    Tolaini Al Passo Toscana 2016
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta Luce  2016  Front Label
    Tenuta Luce 2016
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Duemani Cabernet Franc 2016  Front Label
    Duemani Cabernet Franc 2016
    Cabernet Franc from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ornellaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016 Front Label
    Ornellaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tommasi Ripasso Valpolicella 2016  Front Label
    Tommasi Ripasso Valpolicella 2016
    Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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  • Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2016 Front Label
    Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ruffino Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva 2016  Front Label
    Ruffino Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Prunotto Barbaresco 2016  Front Label
    Prunotto Barbaresco 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Tua Rita Perlato del Bosco 2016  Front Label
    Tua Rita Perlato del Bosco 2016
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Spelt Riserva 2016  Front Label
    La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Spelt Riserva 2016
    Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
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  • Travaglini Gattinara 2016  Front Label
    Travaglini Gattinara 2016
    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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  • Tasca d'Almerita Lamuri Nero d'Avola Sicilia 2016  Front Label
    Tasca d'Almerita Lamuri Nero d'Avola Sicilia 2016
    Nero d'Avola from Sicily, Italy
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  • Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico 2016 Front Label
    Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Rocca di Frassinello Le Sughere di Frassinello 2016  Front Label
    Rocca di Frassinello Le Sughere di Frassinello 2016
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • JS91
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