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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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  • Paolo Conterno Ginestra Riserva 2010  Front Label
    Paolo Conterno Ginestra Riserva 2010
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Bertani Amarone Classico 2009 Front Label
    Bertani Amarone Classico 2009
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  • Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2011 Front Label
    Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2011
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Felsina Chianti Classico Colonia Gran Selezione 2011  Front Label
    Felsina Chianti Classico Colonia Gran Selezione 2011
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Capezzana Ghiaie della Furba 2012  Front Label
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    • Remo Farina Montefante Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva 2011  Front Label
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    • Cesari Amarone della Valpolicella Bosan Riserva 2009  Front Label
      Cesari Amarone della Valpolicella Bosan Riserva 2009
      Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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    • Vite Colte Barbaresco Spezie Riserva 2008  Front Label
      Vite Colte Barbaresco Spezie Riserva 2008
      Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Tenuta di Arceno Arcanum 2011 Front Label
      Tenuta di Arceno Arcanum 2011
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Cignale  2011 Front Label
      Cignale 2011
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    • Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2011 Front Label
      Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2011
      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Tenuta di Biserno Biserno 2015  Front Label
      Tenuta di Biserno Biserno 2015
      Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Antinori Muffato (500ml) 2009  Front Label
      Antinori Muffato (500ml) 2009
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      • Tenuta di Arceno Valadorna 2011 Front Label
        Tenuta di Arceno Valadorna 2011
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      • Vite Colte Essenze Barolo del Comune di Barolo 2011  Front Label
        Vite Colte Essenze Barolo del Comune di Barolo 2011
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Arcanum  2010 Front Label
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      • Villa Al Cortile Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2011  Front Label
        Villa Al Cortile Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2011
        Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Castello di Monsanto Nemo 2012  Front Label
        Castello di Monsanto Nemo 2012
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Antinori Muffato (500ml) 2008  Front Label
        Antinori Muffato (500ml) 2008
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        • Ferrari Giulio Ferrari Riserva del Fondatore 2007  Front Label
          Ferrari Giulio Ferrari Riserva del Fondatore 2007
          Vintage Sparkling Wine from Trentino, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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        • Rocca delle Macie Roccato 2011  Front Label
          Rocca delle Macie Roccato 2011
          Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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        • Fontanafredda Barolo Vigna La Rosa 2011  Front Label
          Fontanafredda Barolo Vigna La Rosa 2011
          Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva 2011 Front Label
            Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva 2011
            Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Vietti Barolo Rocche Di Castiglione 2015  Front Label
            Vietti Barolo Rocche Di Castiglione 2015
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