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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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  • 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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  • Tenuta di Biserno Campo di Sasso Insoglio del Cinghiale 2019 Front Label
    Tenuta di Biserno Campo di Sasso Insoglio del Cinghiale 2019
    Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Planeta Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2019  Front Label
    Planeta Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2019
    Other Red Blends from Sicily, Italy
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  • Pio Cesare Barbera d'Alba 2019  Front Label
    Pio Cesare Barbera d'Alba 2019
    Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Pietradolce Etna Rosso 2019  Front Label
    Pietradolce Etna Rosso 2019
    Nerello Mascalese from Sicily, Italy
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  • Antinori Castello della Sala Cervaro 2019  Front Label
    Antinori Castello della Sala Cervaro 2019
    Chardonnay from Umbria, Italy
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  • Marchesi di Gresy Langhe Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
    Marchesi di Gresy Langhe Sauvignon 2019
    Sauvignon Blanc from Piedmont, Italy
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  • Terlan Terlaner Cuvee 2019  Front Label
    Terlan Terlaner Cuvee 2019
    Other White Blends from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • G.D. Vajra Nebbiolo Langhe 2019  Front Label
    G.D. Vajra Nebbiolo Langhe 2019
    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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  • Planeta Etna Rosso 2019  Front Label
    Planeta Etna Rosso 2019
    Other Red Wine from Sicily, Italy
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    • WE92
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  • Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso 2019  Front Label
    Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso 2019
    Nerello Mascalese from Sicily, Italy
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    • RP91
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  • Tua Rita Rosso dei Notri 2019  Front Label
    Tua Rita Rosso dei Notri 2019
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Renato Ratti Barbera d'Asti 2019  Front Label
    Renato Ratti Barbera d'Asti 2019
    Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Tramin Unterebner Pinot Grigio 2019  Front Label
    Tramin Unterebner Pinot Grigio 2019
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • Pietradolce Archineri Etna Bianco 2019  Front Label
    Pietradolce Archineri Etna Bianco 2019
    Carricante from Sicily, Italy
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  • Planeta Etna Bianco 2019  Front Label
    Planeta Etna Bianco 2019
    Carricante from Sicily, Italy
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  • Tenuta Guado al Tasso Il Bruciato 2019  Front Label
    Tenuta Guado al Tasso Il Bruciato 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Planeta Cometa Fiano 2019  Front Label
    Planeta Cometa Fiano 2019
    Fiano from Sicily, Italy
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    • V93
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  • Elena Walch Castel Ringberg Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
    Elena Walch Castel Ringberg Sauvignon 2019
    Sauvignon Blanc from Alto Adige, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • Alta Mora Etna Bianco 2019  Front Label
    Alta Mora Etna Bianco 2019
    Carricante from Sicily, Italy
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  • Mastroberardino NovaSerra Greco di Tufo 2019  Front Label
    Mastroberardino NovaSerra Greco di Tufo 2019
    Greco from Campania, Italy
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  • Marchesi di Gresy Barbera d'Asti 2019  Front Label
    Marchesi di Gresy Barbera d'Asti 2019
    Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Planeta Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Planeta Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Sicily, Italy
    • RP95
    • V90
    3.6 5 Ratings
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