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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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  • Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Cannubi 2014  Front Label
    Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Cannubi 2014
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Ruffino Greppone Mazzi Brunello di Montalcino 2014  Front Label
      Ruffino Greppone Mazzi Brunello di Montalcino 2014
      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Cecchi Chianti Classico Riserva di Famiglia 2014 Front Label
      Cecchi Chianti Classico Riserva di Famiglia 2014
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Tormaresca Bocca di Lupo 2014  Front Label
      Tormaresca Bocca di Lupo 2014
      Aglianico from Puglia, Italy
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    • San Filippo Brunello di Montalcino 2014  Front Label
      San Filippo Brunello di Montalcino 2014
      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Damilano Barolo Brunate 2014 Front Label
      Damilano Barolo Brunate 2014
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Di Majo Norante Ramitello Rosso 2014  Front Label
      Di Majo Norante Ramitello Rosso 2014
      Montepulciano from Molise, Italy
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    • Alessandro & Gian Natale Fantino Cascina Dardi Bussia Barolo 2014  Front Label
      Alessandro & Gian Natale Fantino Cascina Dardi Bussia Barolo 2014
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Poggio di Sotto Rosso di Montalcino 2014  Front Label
      Poggio di Sotto Rosso di Montalcino 2014
      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Tenuta Sette Cieli NOI4 2014 Front Label
      Tenuta Sette Cieli NOI4 2014
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Sottimano Barbaresco Curra 2014 Front Label
      Sottimano Barbaresco Curra 2014
      Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Rotari Brut 2014  Front Label
      Rotari Brut 2014
      Vintage Sparkling Wine from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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      • Bongiovanni Barolo 2014 Front Label
        Bongiovanni Barolo 2014
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Fratelli Seghesio Barolo La Villa 2014 Front Label
        Fratelli Seghesio Barolo La Villa 2014
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Sarmassa 2014  Front Label
          Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Sarmassa 2014
          Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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        • M.A. Monticelli Barolo Pietrin 2014  Front Label
          M.A. Monticelli Barolo Pietrin 2014
          Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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