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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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  • Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Antinori Solaia (3 Liter Bottle) 2011 Front Label
    Antinori Solaia (3 Liter Bottle) 2011
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Fontanafredda Serralunga d'Alba Barolo (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Fontanafredda Serralunga d'Alba Barolo (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Ornellaia (3 Liter Bottle) 2011 Front Label
    Ornellaia (3 Liter Bottle) 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Ornellaia Masseto (3 Liter Bottle) 2011 Front Label
    Ornellaia Masseto (3 Liter Bottle) 2011
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • La Serena Brunello di Montalcino (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    La Serena Brunello di Montalcino (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ornellaia Masseto (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Ornellaia Masseto (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Massolino Vigna Margheria Barolo (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Massolino Vigna Margheria Barolo (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • La Gerla Brunello di Montalcino (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    La Gerla Brunello di Montalcino (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva (3 Liter Bottle) 2011  Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva (3 Liter Bottle) 2011
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Il Palagio Sister Moon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Il Palagio Sister Moon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Felsina Fontalloro (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Felsina Fontalloro (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Gaja Conteisa (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Gaja Conteisa (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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  • Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Sarmassa (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Sarmassa (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino White Label (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino White Label (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino (3 Liter Bottle) 2011 Front Label
    Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino (3 Liter Bottle) 2011
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta di Biserno Lodovico (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Tenuta di Biserno Lodovico (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ornellaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Ornellaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Altesino Montosoli Brunello di Montalcino (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Altesino Montosoli Brunello di Montalcino (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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