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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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  • Berlucchi '61 Franciacorta Nature 2012  Front Label
    Berlucchi '61 Franciacorta Nature 2012
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Lombardy, Italy
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  • Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore 2012 Front Label
    Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore 2012
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • D90
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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2012 Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Altesino Montosoli Brunello di Montalcino 2012 Front Label
    Altesino Montosoli Brunello di Montalcino 2012
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2012 Front Label
    Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2012
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Capanna Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012  Front Label
    Capanna Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Capanna Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012 Front Label
    Capanna Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Altero 2012 Front Label
    Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Altero 2012
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta di Biserno Biserno 2012  Front Label
    Tenuta di Biserno Biserno 2012
    Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Feudi di San Gregorio Serpico 2012  Front Label
    Feudi di San Gregorio Serpico 2012
    Aglianico from Campania, Italy
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  • Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012 Front Label
    Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    4.8 8 Ratings
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  • Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino Vecchie Vigne 2012 Front Label
    Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino Vecchie Vigne 2012
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    4.6 7 Ratings
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  • Ferrari Perle 2012 Front Label
    Ferrari Perle 2012
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Trentino, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • Livio Sassetti Brunello di Montalcino Pertimali 2012 Front Label
    Livio Sassetti Brunello di Montalcino Pertimali 2012
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • WE92
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    • WS90
    4.3 21 Ratings
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  • Arnaldo Caprai 25 Anni Montefalco Sagrantino 2012 Front Label
    Arnaldo Caprai 25 Anni Montefalco Sagrantino 2012
    Sagrantino from Umbria, Italy
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  • Bellavista Franciacorta Teatro La Scala Brut 2012  Front Label
    Bellavista Franciacorta Teatro La Scala Brut 2012
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Lombardy, Italy
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  • La Gerla Vigna Gli Angeli Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012 Front Label
    La Gerla Vigna Gli Angeli Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Beni di Batasiolo Barolo Cerequio 2012  Front Label
    Beni di Batasiolo Barolo Cerequio 2012
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Villa Raiano Fiano di Avellino Alimata 2012 Front Label
    Villa Raiano Fiano di Avellino Alimata 2012
    Fiano from Italy
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  • Terredora di Paolo Fatica Contadina Taurasi 2012  Front Label
    Terredora di Paolo Fatica Contadina Taurasi 2012
    Aglianico from Italy
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    3.1 8 Ratings
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  • Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino 2012 Front Label
    Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino 2012
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    4.1 28 Ratings
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  • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2012 Front Label
    Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2012
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    4.3 46 Ratings
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  • Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2012 Front Label
    Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2012
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • W&S93
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    4.4 18 Ratings
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  • Fattoria Le Pupille Elisabetta Geppetti Saffredi 2012 Front Label
    Fattoria Le Pupille Elisabetta Geppetti Saffredi 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • RP95
    • WE93
    4.2 9 Ratings
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  • Antinori Pian delle Vigne Vignaferrovia Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012  Front Label
    Antinori Pian delle Vigne Vignaferrovia Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2012
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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