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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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  • Tolaini Valdisanti Toscana 2016  Front Label
    Tolaini Valdisanti Toscana 2016
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2017  Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, 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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  • G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe 2017  Front Label
    G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Tenuta di Capraia Chianti Classico Riserva 2015 Front Label
    Tenuta di Capraia Chianti Classico Riserva 2015
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, 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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  • Masi Costasera Amarone Classico 2015  Front Label
    Masi Costasera Amarone Classico 2015
    Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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  • Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2017  Front Label
    Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2017
    Sangiovese from Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy
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  • La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2018  Front Label
    La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2018
    Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
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  • Adami Bosco di Gica Prosecco Superiore Front Label
    Adami Bosco di Gica Prosecco Superiore
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Valdobbiadene, Prosecco, Italy
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  • Tormaresca Calafuria Rose 2020  Front Label
    Tormaresca Calafuria Rose 2020
    Rosé from Puglia, Italy
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  • Colosi Nero d'Avola 2019  Front Label
    Colosi Nero d'Avola 2019
    Nero d'Avola from Sicily, Italy
    • V89
    4.0 74 Ratings
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  • Carpineto Chianti Classico Riserva 2016  Front Label
    Carpineto Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ornellaia  2018  Front Label
    Ornellaia 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Aia Vecchia Lagone Toscana 2018  Front Label
    Aia Vecchia Lagone Toscana 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
    • V91
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  • Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico 2018  Front Label
    Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico 2018
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana 2017  Front Label
    Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana 2017
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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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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  • Ferrari Brut Front Label
    Ferrari Brut
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Trentino, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • Planeta Santa Cecilia 2017  Front Label
    Planeta Santa Cecilia 2017
    Nero d'Avola from Sicily, Italy
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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
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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
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    3.9 198 Ratings
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  • Lini 910 Labrusca Lambrusco Rosso  Front Label
    Lini 910 Labrusca Lambrusco Rosso
    Red Sparkling Wine from Emilia-Romagna, Italy
    • V91
    3.9 173 Ratings
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