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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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    Gaja Sperss 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Ornellaia Le Serre Nuove 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    Ornellaia (3 Liter Bottle) 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    Ornellaia Le Volte dell’ Ornellaia 2015
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Massolino Langhe Nebbiolo 2015 Front Label
    Massolino Langhe Nebbiolo 2015
    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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    Masciarelli Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2015
    Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
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    Other Red Wine from Sicily, Italy
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    Tenuta Luce Lucente 2015
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ornellaia Bianco 2015  Front Label
    Ornellaia Bianco 2015
    Bordeaux White Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Gaja Ca'Marcanda Magari (375ML half-bottle) 2015 Front Label
    Gaja Ca'Marcanda Magari (375ML half-bottle) 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    Ornellaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    Ornellaia (6 Liter Bottle) 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    Gaja Camarcanda 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    Ornellaia 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Gaja Ca'Marcanda Magari 2015 Front Label
    Gaja Ca'Marcanda Magari 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Gaja Ca'Marcanda Promis 2015 Front Label
    Gaja Ca'Marcanda Promis 2015
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • JD91
    • RP91
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