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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 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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  • Pio Cesare Barolo 2016  Front Label
    Pio Cesare Barolo 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
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  • La Magia Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
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  • Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
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    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Sangiovese from Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2017  Front Label
    Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2015  Front Label
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  • Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato 2016  Front Label
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    Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
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  • Col d'Orcia Poggio al Vento Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2013  Front Label
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    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Alta Mora Etna Bianco 2018 Front Label
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    Carricante from Sicily, Italy
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  • Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino White Label 2016  Front Label
    Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino White Label 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Nerello Mascalese from Sicily, Italy
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  • La Valentina Bellovedere Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Terre dei Vestini Riserva 2015  Front Label
    La Valentina Bellovedere Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Terre dei Vestini Riserva 2015
    Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
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  • Capanna Brunello di Montalcino Riserva  2015  Front Label
    Capanna Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Spelt Riserva 2016
    Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
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  • Pecchenino San Giuseppe Barolo 2016  Front Label
    Pecchenino San Giuseppe Barolo 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
    Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Uccelliera Rosso di Montalcino 2018  Front Label
    Uccelliera Rosso di Montalcino 2018
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Asinone 2016  Front Label
    Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Asinone 2016
    Sangiovese from Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy
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