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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 wines. 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 Italian wine 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 Italian wine 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.

Coming Soon: Regions Map. This is not a final layout.
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          • Cleto Chiarli Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro Amabile  Front Label
            Cleto Chiarli Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro Amabile
            Red Sparkling Wine from Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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          • Ca' del Bosco Franciacorta Cuvee Prestige Edizione 44  Front Label
            Ca' del Bosco Franciacorta Cuvee Prestige Edizione 44
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          • Zardetto Prosecco Brut  Front Label
            Zardetto Prosecco Brut
            Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
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          • Cleto Chiarli Brut de Noir Rose  Front Label
            Cleto Chiarli Brut de Noir Rose
            Sparkling Rosé from Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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          • Ferrari Brut Front Label
            Ferrari Brut
            Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Trentino, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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          • Berlucchi '61 Brut Rose  Front Label
            Berlucchi '61 Brut Rose
            Sparkling Rosé from Lombardy, Italy
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          • Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco Superiore  Front Label
            Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco Superiore
            Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Valdobbiadene, Prosecco, Italy
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          • Valdo Marca Oro Prosecco Rose Brut  Front Label
            Valdo Marca Oro Prosecco Rose Brut
            Sparkling Rosé from Prosecco, Italy
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          • Lini 910 Labrusca Lambrusco Bianco  Front Label
            Lini 910 Labrusca Lambrusco Bianco
            Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Emilia-Romagna, Italy
            • JS90
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            Zonin Prosecco
            Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
            • JS90
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          • Bellavista Franciacorta Alma Cuvee Brut  Front Label
            Bellavista Franciacorta Alma Cuvee Brut
            Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Lombardy, Italy
            • JS92
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          • Ferrari Brut Rose Front Label
            Ferrari Brut Rose
            Sparkling Rosé from Trentino, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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          • Contadi Castaldi Franciacorta Brut  Front Label
            Contadi Castaldi Franciacorta Brut
            Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Italy
            • JS92
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          • Contadi Castaldi Franciacorta Rose  Front Label
            Contadi Castaldi Franciacorta Rose
            Sparkling Rosé from Lombardy, Italy
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            • RP90
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          • Zardetto Private Cuvee  Front Label
            Zardetto Private Cuvee
            Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
            • JS91
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          • Cantine Maschio Prosecco Extra Dry  Front Label
            Cantine Maschio Prosecco Extra Dry
            Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
            • JS90
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          • Fantinel Extra Dry Prosecco  Front Label
            Fantinel Extra Dry Prosecco
            Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
            • JS90
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          • Bisol Jeio Prosecco Brut  Front Label
            Bisol Jeio Prosecco Brut
            Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
            • JS90
            4.3 205 Ratings
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          • Valdo Cuvee 1926 Prosecco Superiore Front Label
            Valdo Cuvee 1926 Prosecco Superiore
            Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Valdobbiadene, Prosecco, Italy
            • SJ92
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          • Ca' del Bosco Franciacorta Cuvee Prestige Rose Front Label
            Ca' del Bosco Franciacorta Cuvee Prestige Rose
            Sparkling Rosé from Lombardy, Italy
            • RP92
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            • WS91
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          • Bisol Jeio Prosecco Superiore  Front Label
            Bisol Jeio Prosecco Superiore
            Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Valdobbiadene, Prosecco, Italy
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          • Locations by Dave Phinney IT-7  Front Label
            Locations by Dave Phinney IT-7
            Other Red Blends from Italy
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            3.7 33 Ratings
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          • Kante Spumante Metodo Classico Dossaggio Zero  Front Label
            Kante Spumante Metodo Classico Dossaggio Zero
            Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
            • JS91
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          • Zardetto Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry  Front Label
            Zardetto Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry
            Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
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            • V91
            • JS90
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          • Ruggeri Argeo Prosecco  Front Label
            Ruggeri Argeo Prosecco
            Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
            • JS90
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