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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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    Ceretto Brunate Barolo 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Damilano Barolo Lecinquevigne 2015  Front Label
    Damilano Barolo Lecinquevigne 2015
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  • Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
    Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Antinori Pian delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso Riserva Santa Caterina d'Oro 2015
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  • Tenuta di Arceno Arcanum 2015  Front Label
    Tenuta di Arceno Arcanum 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Banfi Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Castello di Monsanto Il Poggio Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2015
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Donatella Cinelli Colombini Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin 2015
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    Prunotto Bric Turot Barbaresco 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Tenuta San Leonardo San Leonardo 2015  Front Label
    Tenuta San Leonardo San Leonardo 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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    Castello di Bolgheri Bolgheri Superiore 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    Domenico Clerico Barolo Pajana 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Cotarella Montiano 2015  Front Label
    Cotarella Montiano 2015
    Merlot from Lazio, Italy
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  • La Rasina Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
    La Rasina Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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