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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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  • Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2018  Front Label
    Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2018
    Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
    • RP91
    • D90
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  • Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo 2018  Front Label
    Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo 2018
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
    • JS94
    • RP93
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  • Planeta Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Planeta Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sicily, Italy
    • RP94
    • WE90
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  • Alois Lageder Porer Pinot Grigio 2018 Front Label
    Alois Lageder Porer Pinot Grigio 2018
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
    • JS92
    • RP91
    • WE90
    • W&S90
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  • Tua Rita Rosso dei Notri 2018  Front Label
    Tua Rita Rosso dei Notri 2018
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
    • JS92
    • RP90
    • V90
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  • Elena Walch Beyond The Clouds White Blend 2018  Front Label
    Elena Walch Beyond The Clouds White Blend 2018
    Other White Blends from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
    • JS95
    • RP94
    • V93
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  • Marchesi di Gresy Nebbiolo Martinenga 2018  Front Label
    Marchesi di Gresy Nebbiolo Martinenga 2018
    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
    • RP91
    4.2 5 Ratings
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  • Paolo Scavino Langhe Nebbiolo 2018  Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Langhe Nebbiolo 2018
    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
    • RP92
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  • Planeta Etna Bianco 2018  Front Label
    Planeta Etna Bianco 2018
    Carricante from Sicily, Italy
    • WE92
    • RP91
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  • Tramin Nussbaumer Gewurztraminer 2018  Front Label
    Tramin Nussbaumer Gewurztraminer 2018
    Gewurztraminer from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
    • RP94
    • JS92
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  • Cottanera Etna Bianco 2018  Front Label
    Cottanera Etna Bianco 2018
    Other White Wine from Sicily, Italy
    • JS92
    • RP91
    • WE91
    3.9 17 Ratings
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  • Tramin Stoan 2018  Front Label
    Tramin Stoan 2018
    Other White Blends from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
    • RP94
    • JS92
    3.8 5 Ratings
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