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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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  • Tornatore Pietrarizzo Etna Bianco 2019  Front Label
    Tornatore Pietrarizzo Etna Bianco 2019
    Carricante from Sicily, Italy
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  • Ca' del Bosco Franciacorta Cuvee Prestige Rose Front Label
    Ca' del Bosco Franciacorta Cuvee Prestige Rose
    Sparkling Rosé from Lombardy, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Brunate 2017  Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Brunate 2017
    Nebbiolo from La Morra, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2013 Front Label
    Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2013
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Cerbaia Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
    Cerbaia Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
    Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Podere Grattamacco Bolgheri Superiore 2017  Front Label
    Podere Grattamacco Bolgheri Superiore 2017
    Tuscan Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2017  Front Label
    Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2017
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tornatore Etna Rosso 2017 Front Label
    Tornatore Etna Rosso 2017
    Nerello Mascalese from Sicily, Italy
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  • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
    Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Lamole di Lamole Campolungo Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2016  Front Label
    Lamole di Lamole Campolungo Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Giuseppe Cortese Rabaja Barbaresco 2017  Front Label
    Giuseppe Cortese Rabaja Barbaresco 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2017  Front Label
    Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2017
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Mazzei Fonterutoli Siepi 2016  Front Label
    Mazzei Fonterutoli Siepi 2016
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Il Margone 2013  Front Label
    Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Il Margone 2013
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Carpineto Chianti Classico Riserva 2016  Front Label
    Carpineto Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 2017  Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Renato Ratti Marcenasco Barolo 2017  Front Label
    Renato Ratti Marcenasco Barolo 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric 2017  Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Bibi Graetz Colore 2012  Front Label
    Bibi Graetz Colore 2012
    Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Paitin Barbaresco Sori Paitin Serraboella 2016 Front Label
    Paitin Barbaresco Sori Paitin Serraboella 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Feudi di San Gregorio Greco di Tufo 2019  Front Label
    Feudi di San Gregorio Greco di Tufo 2019
    Greco from Campania, Italy
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  • Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2015  Front Label
    Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ornellaia Bianco 2018  Front Label
    Ornellaia Bianco 2018
    Bordeaux White Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ornellaia  2018  Front Label
    Ornellaia 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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