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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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  • Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco Superiore  Front Label
    Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco Superiore
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Valdobbiadene, Prosecco, Italy
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  • Cleto Chiarli Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro Amabile  Front Label
    Cleto Chiarli Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro Amabile
    Red Sparkling Wine from Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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  • Ferrari Brut Rose Front Label
    Ferrari Brut Rose
    Sparkling Rosé from Trentino, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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    • RP90
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  • Bisol Jeio Prosecco Superiore  Front Label
    Bisol Jeio Prosecco Superiore
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Valdobbiadene, Prosecco, Italy
    • WE92
    • JS90
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  • Zonin Prosecco Front Label
    Zonin Prosecco
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
    • JS90
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  • Ruggeri Giall'oro Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry Front Label
    Ruggeri Giall'oro Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Valdobbiadene, Prosecco, Italy
    • D91
    • JS91
    • W&S90
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  • Valdo Cuvee 1926 Prosecco Superiore Front Label
    Valdo Cuvee 1926 Prosecco Superiore
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Valdobbiadene, Prosecco, Italy
    • WW90
    • JS90
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  • Ferrari Brut Front Label
    Ferrari Brut
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Trentino, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
    • JS91
    • WE91
    • WW91
    • RP91
    • WS90
    • V90
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  • Contadi Castaldi Franciacorta Brut  Front Label
    Contadi Castaldi Franciacorta Brut
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Italy
    • JS92
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  • Cleto Chiarli Brut de Noir Rose  Front Label
    Cleto Chiarli Brut de Noir Rose
    Sparkling Rosé from Emilia-Romagna, Italy
    • JS91
    • WE90
    • WW90
    4.2 57 Ratings
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  • Contadi Castaldi Franciacorta Rose  Front Label
    Contadi Castaldi Franciacorta Rose
    Sparkling Rosé from Lombardy, Italy
    • JS90
    • RP90
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  • Bellavista Franciacorta Alma Cuvee Brut  Front Label
    Bellavista Franciacorta Alma Cuvee Brut
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Lombardy, Italy
    • JS91
    4.3 61 Ratings
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  • Fantinel Extra Dry Prosecco  Front Label
    Fantinel Extra Dry Prosecco
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
    • JS90
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  • Locations by Dave Phinney IT-7  Front Label
    Locations by Dave Phinney IT-7
    Other Red Blends from Italy
    • JS92
    3.8 30 Ratings
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  • Bisol Jeio Prosecco Brut  Front Label
    Bisol Jeio Prosecco Brut
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
    • JS90
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  • Valdo Marca Oro Prosecco Rose Brut  Front Label
    Valdo Marca Oro Prosecco Rose Brut
    Sparkling Rosé from Prosecco, Italy
    • JS90
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  • Zardetto Prosecco Brut  Front Label
    Zardetto Prosecco Brut
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
    • JS90
    3.8 151 Ratings
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  • Zardetto Extra Dry Rose Front Label
    Zardetto Extra Dry Rose
    Sparkling Rosé from Veneto, Italy
    • JS91
    3.8 26 Ratings
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  • Berlucchi '61 Brut Rose  Front Label
    Berlucchi '61 Brut Rose
    Sparkling Rosé from Lombardy, Italy
    • WE92
    • WS91
    • TP90
    • JS90
    • RP90
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  • Ruggeri Argeo Prosecco  Front Label
    Ruggeri Argeo Prosecco
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
    • JS90
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  • Lini 910 Labrusca Lambrusco Bianco  Front Label
    Lini 910 Labrusca Lambrusco Bianco
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Emilia-Romagna, Italy
    • JS90
    3.2 20 Ratings
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