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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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    Antinori Tignanello 2018
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2017  Front Label
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    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Tenuta Guado al Tasso Il Bruciato 2019  Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ceretto Barolo 2015  Front Label
    Ceretto Barolo 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Ceretto Brunate Barolo 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Antinori Castello della Sala Cervaro 2019  Front Label
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    Podere Grattamacco Bolgheri Superiore 2016
    Tuscan Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    St. Michael-Eppan Sanct Valentin Pinot Grigio 2018
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alto Adige, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 2017  Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona 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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    G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Pio Cesare Barolo 2017  Front Label
    Pio Cesare Barolo 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Altero 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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