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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 wine. 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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    Tenuta Guado al Tasso 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Albino Rocca Barbaresco 2016  Front Label
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    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Ornellaia  2016  Front Label
    Ornellaia 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    Antinori Solaia 2016
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    Tasca d'Almerita Lamuri Nero d'Avola Sicilia 2016
    Nero d'Avola from Sicily, Italy
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    G.D. Vajra Barbera d'Alba Superiore 2016
    Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Montevetrano Core Aglianico 2016  Front Label
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    Aglianico from Italy
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  • La Spinetta Barbera d'Asti Ca Di Pian 2016  Front Label
    La Spinetta Barbera d'Asti Ca Di Pian 2016
    Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Tua Rita Giusto di Notri 2016  Front Label
    Tua Rita Giusto di Notri 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    Michele Satta Piastraia 2016
    Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Castello di Ama Haiku 2016  Front Label
    Castello di Ama Haiku 2016
    Other Red Blends from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Gabbiano Chianti Classico Riserva 2016  Front Label
    Gabbiano Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Syrah/Shiraz from Tuscany, Italy
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    Cabernet Franc from Tuscany, Italy
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    Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana 2016
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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    Michele Satta Marianova Bolgheri Superiore 2016
    Tuscan Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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