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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.

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  • Cantina Gabriele Rosato (OU Kosher) 2021  Front Label
    Cantina Gabriele Rosato (OU Kosher) 2021
    Rosé from Lazio, Italy
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    • Cantina Gabriele Pinot Grigio (OU Kosher) 2021  Front Label
      Cantina Gabriele Pinot Grigio (OU Kosher) 2021
      Pinot Gris/Grigio from Lazio, Italy
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      • Cantina Gabriele Cabernet Sauvignon (OU Kosher) 2019  Front Label
        Cantina Gabriele Cabernet Sauvignon (OU Kosher) 2019
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Lazio, Italy
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        • Cantina Gabriele Montepulciano d'Abruzzo (OU Kosher) 2016 Front Label
          Cantina Gabriele Montepulciano d'Abruzzo (OU Kosher) 2016
          Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
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          • Bartenura Moscato (OU Kosher) 2021  Front Label
            Bartenura Moscato (OU Kosher) 2021
            Muscat from Italy
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            • Cantina Gabriele Dolcemente Bianco (OU Kosher) 2020  Front Label
              Cantina Gabriele Dolcemente Bianco (OU Kosher) 2020
              Other White Blends from Lazio, Italy
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              • Bartenura Sparkling Moscato Rose (OU Kosher)  Front Label
                Bartenura Sparkling Moscato Rose (OU Kosher)
                Sparkling Rosé from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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              • Bartenura Brachetto (OU Kosher) 2020  Front Label
                Bartenura Brachetto (OU Kosher) 2020
                Red Sparkling Wine from Italy
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                • Cantina Gabriele Moscato (OU Kosher) 2021  Front Label
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                  • Contessa Annalisa Collection Silver Sky Semi-Dry Sparkling Rose  Front Label
                    Contessa Annalisa Collection Silver Sky Semi-Dry Sparkling Rose
                    Sparkling Rosé from Veneto, Italy
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                    • Cantina Gabriele Dolcemente (OU Kosher) 2019  Front Label
                      Cantina Gabriele Dolcemente (OU Kosher) 2019
                      Other Red Blends from Lazio, Italy
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                      • Bartenura Pinot Grigio (OU Kosher) 2020  Front Label
                        Bartenura Pinot Grigio (OU Kosher) 2020
                        Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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                        • Bartenura Prosecco (OU Kosher)  Front Label
                          Bartenura Prosecco (OU Kosher)
                          Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
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