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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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  • Giacomo Conterno Monfortino Barolo Riserva 2014  Front Label
    Giacomo Conterno Monfortino Barolo Riserva 2014
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Massolino Vigna Rionda Riserva Barolo 2014  Front Label
    Massolino Vigna Rionda Riserva Barolo 2014
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • RP97
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  • Guido Porro Vigna Lazzairasco Barolo 2014  Front Label
    Guido Porro Vigna Lazzairasco Barolo 2014
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Colpetrone Rosso di Montefalco 2014  Front Label
    Colpetrone Rosso di Montefalco 2014
    Tuscan Blends from Umbria, Italy
    • V90
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  • Ferrari Perle 2014  Front Label
    Ferrari Perle 2014
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Trentino, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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    • V93
    • WW92
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  • Castellare I Sodi S. Niccolo 2014 Front Label
    Castellare I Sodi S. Niccolo 2014
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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    • RP94
    • WS93
    • JS91
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  • Ferrari Perle Rose 2014  Front Label
    Ferrari Perle Rose 2014
    Sparkling Rosé from Trentino, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
    • RP94
    • JS91
    • D91
    • V91
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  • Giovanni Rosso Serralunga d'Alba Barolo 2014 Front Label
    Giovanni Rosso Serralunga d'Alba Barolo 2014
    Nebbiolo from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Petrolo Galatrona 2014 Front Label
    Petrolo Galatrona 2014
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
    • JS95
    • V93
    • WS90
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  • Vietti Barolo Ravera 2014  Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Ravera 2014
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
    • V97
    • RP94
    • WS94
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    • JS93
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  • Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino 2014  Front Label
    Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino 2014
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • RP92
    • JS92
    • D92
    • WS91
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  • Col d'Orcia Olmaia Cabernet Sauvignon 2014  Front Label
    Col d'Orcia Olmaia Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Tuscany, Italy
    • V93
    • RP91
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  • Antoniolo Gattinara 2014  Front Label
    Antoniolo Gattinara 2014
    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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    • V92
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  • Tenuta di Capraia Chianti Classico Effe 55 Gran Selezione 2014  Front Label
    Tenuta di Capraia Chianti Classico Effe 55 Gran Selezione 2014
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
    • V94
    • JS93
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  • Massolino Vigna Margheria Barolo 2014 Front Label
    Massolino Vigna Margheria Barolo 2014
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
    • WE95
    • V94
    • RP92
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  • Castello dei Rampolla d'Alceo 2014  Front Label
    Castello dei Rampolla d'Alceo 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • V95
    • RP94
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  • Tenuta Guado al Tasso  2014 Front Label
    Tenuta Guado al Tasso 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
    • V95
    • JS93
    • RP93
    • WS90
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  • Elio Altare Barolo Cannubi 2014  Front Label
    Elio Altare Barolo Cannubi 2014
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Montevetrano Colli di Salerno 2014 Front Label
    Montevetrano Colli di Salerno 2014
    Other Red Blends from Campania, Italy
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    • JS93
    • RP91
    4.5 14 Ratings
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