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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Cignale  2011 Front Label
    Cignale 2011
    Bordeaux Red Blends from 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
    Other Dessert from 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
      Other Dessert from Tuscany, Italy
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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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      • Fontanafredda Barolo Vigna La Rosa 2011  Front Label
        Fontanafredda Barolo Vigna La Rosa 2011
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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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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      • Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva 2011 Front Label
        Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva 2011
        Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Ferrari Perle Nero 2010  Front Label
        Ferrari Perle Nero 2010
        Vintage Sparkling Wine from Trentino, Trentino-Alto Adige, 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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      • 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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      • Vietti Barolo Riserva Villero 2012  Front Label
        Vietti Barolo Riserva Villero 2012
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Prunotto Bussia Vigna Colonnello Barolo Riserva 2010 Front Label
        Prunotto Bussia Vigna Colonnello Barolo Riserva 2010
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Damilano 1752 Barolo Cannubi Riserva 2009 Front Label
        Damilano 1752 Barolo Cannubi Riserva 2009
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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