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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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    Sun Goddess by Mary J Blige Pinot Grigio Ramato 2019
    Rosé from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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  • Tormaresca Calafuria Rose 2019  Front Label
    Tormaresca Calafuria Rose 2019
    Rosé from Puglia, Italy
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    • Pietradolce Etna Rosato 2016 Front Label
      Pietradolce Etna Rosato 2016
      Rosé from Sicily, Italy
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    • Feudi di San Gregorio Ros'Aura 2018  Front Label
      Feudi di San Gregorio Ros'Aura 2018
      Rosé from Campania, Italy
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      • Fantini Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo Rose 2018  Front Label
        Fantini Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo Rose 2018
        Rosé from Abruzzo, Italy
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      • Tenuta Guado al Tasso Scalabrone Rosato 2018  Front Label
        Tenuta Guado al Tasso Scalabrone Rosato 2018
        Rosé from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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        • Confetti Rose 2018  Front Label
          Confetti Rose 2018
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          • Il Poggione Brancato Rosato 2019  Front Label
            Il Poggione Brancato Rosato 2019
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            • Pico Maccario Lavignone Rosato 2018 Front Label
              Pico Maccario Lavignone Rosato 2018
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              • Bellafina Pink Moscato Front Label
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                Rosé from Veneto, Italy
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                • Kris Rose 2018 Front Label
                  Kris Rose 2018
                  Rosé from Veneto, Italy
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                  • Planeta Rose 2019  Front Label
                    Planeta Rose 2019
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                  • Belguardo Rose 2018  Front Label
                    Belguardo Rose 2018
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                    • Cantele Negroamaro Rosato 2018  Front Label
                      Cantele Negroamaro Rosato 2018
                      Rosé from Puglia, Italy
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                    • Costaripa Valtenesi Chiaretto Rosamara 2018  Front Label
                      Costaripa Valtenesi Chiaretto Rosamara 2018
                      Rosé from Lombardy, Italy
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                    • Masciarelli Colline Teatine Rosato 2017  Front Label
                      Masciarelli Colline Teatine Rosato 2017
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                      • Cantina Gabriele Rosato (OU Kosher) 2018  Front Label
                        Cantina Gabriele Rosato (OU Kosher) 2018
                        Rosé from Lazio, Italy
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                              Ca Maiol Chiaretto del Garda 2018
                              Rosé from Lombardy, Italy
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