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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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  • Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
    Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta di Capraia Chianti Classico Riserva 2016  Front Label
    Tenuta di Capraia Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • JS91
    • WE90
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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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    • RP92
    • W&S91
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  • Tolaini Valdisanti Toscana 2016  Front Label
    Tolaini Valdisanti Toscana 2016
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • WS92
    • V92
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  • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
    Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • WE93
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  • Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
    Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • WS95
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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
    • WE97
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    • JS95
    4.2 13 Ratings
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  • Enrico Serafino Barolo Monclivio 2016  Front Label
    Enrico Serafino Barolo Monclivio 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, 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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    • WE92
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  • Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso 2016  Front Label
    Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • WE98
    • WS94
    4.7 7 Ratings
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva 2016  Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
    • JS100
    • WS97
    • RP97
    5.0 11 Ratings
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  • Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Riserva 2016  Front Label
    Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • W&S93
    • JS92
    • TP92
    • JD91
    4.2 29 Ratings
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  • Ceretto Barbaresco 2016  Front Label
    Ceretto Barbaresco 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    • JS93
    • RP92
    4.4 27 Ratings
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  • Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo 2016  Front Label
    Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
    • JS96
    • RP92
    • V90
    • WE90
    4.0 37 Ratings
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  • Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
    Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • JS97
    • RP95
    • WS95
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  • Antinori Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2016  Front Label
    Antinori Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • RP92
    • JS92
    • D90
    4.1 241 Ratings
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  • Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
    Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • WE93
    • RP93
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  • Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 2016 Front Label
    Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • RP97
    • D97
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    • WS95
    4.7 12 Ratings
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  • Banfi Magna Cum Laude 2016  Front Label
    Banfi Magna Cum Laude 2016
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
    • WS94
    • RP92
    3.6 14 Ratings
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  • Tasca d'Almerita Lamuri Nero d'Avola 2016  Front Label
    Tasca d'Almerita Lamuri Nero d'Avola 2016
    Nero d'Avola from Sicily, Italy
    • V93
    • JS92
    • D92
    • RP90
    3.9 198 Ratings
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  • Carpineto Chianti Classico Riserva 2016  Front Label
    Carpineto Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
    • RP93
    • V92
    • WS92
    4.1 38 Ratings
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  • Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
    Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
    • WE99
    • D98
    • WS97
    • RP94
    4.2 6 Ratings
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  • Pio Cesare Barbaresco 2016  Front Label
    Pio Cesare Barbaresco 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
    • JS95
    • JD94
    • RP93
    • WW92
    4.1 7 Ratings
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  • Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2016  Front Label
    Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
    • JS97
    • RP94
    • WE93
    • D92
    4.1 7 Ratings
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  • Castello di Ama Haiku 2016  Front Label
    Castello di Ama Haiku 2016
    Other Red Blends from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
    • V95
    • RP95
    • JS94
    0.0 0 Ratings
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