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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
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2018  Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, 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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  • Antinori Tignanello 2018  Front Label
    Antinori Tignanello 2018
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Castellani Sangiovese 2016  Front Label
    Castellani Sangiovese 2016
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2017  Front Label
    Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2017
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, 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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  • Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco Superiore  Front Label
    Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco Superiore
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Valdobbiadene, Prosecco, Italy
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  • Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio 2020  Front Label
    Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio 2020
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Italy
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    • Cavit Pinot Grigio 2020  Front Label
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      Pinot Gris/Grigio from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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      • La Marca Prosecco Front Label
        La Marca Prosecco
        Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
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        • Castellani Chianti Classico Riserva 2016  Front Label
          Castellani Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
          Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, 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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        • Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
          Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 2016
          Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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        • Ornellaia  2018  Front Label
          Ornellaia 2018
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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        • Allegrini Amarone 2016  Front Label
          Allegrini Amarone 2016
          Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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        • Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2013 Front Label
          Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2013
          Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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        • Ceretto Brunate Barolo 2015  Front Label
          Ceretto Brunate Barolo 2015
          Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Sella & Mosca Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva 2018  Front Label
          Sella & Mosca Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva 2018
          Grenache from Sardinia, Italy
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          • Ceretto Barolo 2015  Front Label
            Ceretto Barolo 2015
            Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Petra Zingari Toscana 2017  Front Label
            Petra Zingari Toscana 2017
            Tuscan Blends from 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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          • Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2017  Front Label
            Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2017
            Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Pighin Pinot Grigio 2020  Front Label
            Pighin Pinot Grigio 2020
            Pinot Gris/Grigio from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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