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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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  • Tenuta di Capraia Chianti Classico Riserva 2016  Front Label
    Tenuta di Capraia Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tolaini Valdisanti Toscana 2016  Front Label
    Tolaini Valdisanti Toscana 2016
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
    Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Mazzei Chianti Classico Riserva Ser Lapo 2016  Front Label
    Mazzei Chianti Classico Riserva Ser Lapo 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
    Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
    Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Podere Grattamacco Bolgheri Superiore 2016  Front Label
    Podere Grattamacco Bolgheri Superiore 2016
    Tuscan Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Enrico Serafino Barolo Monclivio 2016  Front Label
    Enrico Serafino Barolo Monclivio 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Fontanafredda Barolo Vigna La Rosa 2016  Front Label
    Fontanafredda Barolo Vigna La Rosa 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Tasca d'Almerita Lamuri Nero d'Avola 2016  Front Label
    Tasca d'Almerita Lamuri Nero d'Avola 2016
    Nero d'Avola from Sicily, Italy
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  • Altesino Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2016  Front Label
    Altesino Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso 2016  Front Label
    Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
    Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Antinori Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2016  Front Label
    Antinori Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2016  Front Label
    Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2016  Front Label
    Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • G.D. Vajra Langhe Freisa Kye 2016  Front Label
    G.D. Vajra Langhe Freisa Kye 2016
    Freisa from Piedmont, Italy
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  • Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo 2016  Front Label
    Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Banfi Magna Cum Laude 2016  Front Label
    Banfi Magna Cum Laude 2016
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Capezzana Villa di Carmignano 2016  Front Label
    Capezzana Villa di Carmignano 2016
    Tuscan Blends from Carmignano, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Pio Cesare Il Bricco Barbaresco 2016  Front Label
    Pio Cesare Il Bricco Barbaresco 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino White Label 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Fratelli Seghesio Barolo 2016  Front Label
    Fratelli Seghesio Barolo 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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