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Named “Oenotria” by the ancient Greeks for its abundance of grapevines, Italy has always had a culture virtually inextricable from 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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    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Feudi di San Gregorio Fiano di Avellino 2016
    Fiano from Italy
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    Tenuta di Ghizzano Il Ghizzano 2016
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    Tenuta Luce Lucente 2016
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    Albino Rocca Barbaresco Ronchi 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    Gaja Ca' Marcanda Camarcanda 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    Antinori Marchese Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Tellus Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
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    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo delle Langhe 2016
    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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    Adriano Marco e Vittorio Sanadaive Barbaresco 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    Alta Mora Etna Rosso 2016
    Other Red Wine from Sicily, Italy
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    Cantele Primitivo 2016
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      Castello di Ama Chianti Classico San Lorenzo Gran Selezione 2016
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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      Barone Ricasoli Rocca Guicciarda Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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      Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione 2016
      Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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