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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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  • Renato Ratti Marcenasco Barolo 2016  Front Label
    Renato Ratti Marcenasco Barolo 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Antinori Villa Toscana 2016 Front Label
    Antinori Villa Toscana 2016
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Antinori Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2016  Front Label
    Antinori Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2016 Front Label
    Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo 2016  Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Allegrini Palazzo della Torre 2016  Front Label
    Allegrini Palazzo della Torre 2016
    Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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  • Prinsi Barbaresco Gaia Principe 2016  Front Label
    Prinsi Barbaresco Gaia Principe 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Viticcio Chianti Classico 2016  Front Label
    Viticcio Chianti Classico 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Carpineto Chianti Classico Riserva 2016  Front Label
    Carpineto Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
    • V92
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  • Tenuta Luce  2016  Front Label
    Tenuta Luce 2016
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • RP91
    • WE90
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  • Gaja Sito Moresco 2016  Front Label
    Gaja Sito Moresco 2016
    Other Red Blends from Piedmont, Italy
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    • Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva 2016  Front Label
      Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
      • JS91
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    • Le Macchiole Paleo 2016  Front Label
      Le Macchiole Paleo 2016
      Cabernet Franc from Tuscany, Italy
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      • D96
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      • WS93
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    • Tornatore Etna Rosso 2016 Front Label
      Tornatore Etna Rosso 2016
      Nerello Mascalese from Sicily, Italy
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      • WW91
      • D90
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    • Santa Margherita Chianti Classico Riserva 2016  Front Label
      Santa Margherita Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Frescobaldi Gorgona 2016  Front Label
      Frescobaldi Gorgona 2016
      Other White Blends from Tuscany, Italy
      • JS96
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    • Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2016  Front Label
      Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2016
      Nebbiolo from Serralunga d'Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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      • WS95
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    • E. Pira e Figli Barolo Mosconi 2016  Front Label
      E. Pira e Figli Barolo Mosconi 2016
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      • D94
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    • Cantina Mesa Carignano del Sulcis Buio Buio 2016  Front Label
      Cantina Mesa Carignano del Sulcis Buio Buio 2016
      Carignan from Sardinia, Italy
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    • Luigi Einaudi Barolo Cannubi 2016  Front Label
      Luigi Einaudi Barolo Cannubi 2016
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      • WS94
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    • Castellani Sangiovese 2016  Front Label
      Castellani Sangiovese 2016
      Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
      • JS94
      • WW92
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    • Mazzei Fonterutoli Siepi 2016  Front Label
      Mazzei Fonterutoli Siepi 2016
      Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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      • RP96
      • WS93
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    • Tedeschi San Rocco Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2016  Front Label
      Tedeschi San Rocco Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2016
      Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
      • JS93
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    • Albino Rocca Barbaresco 2016  Front Label
      Albino Rocca Barbaresco 2016
      Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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      • V92
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    • Nino Franco Faive Rose Brut 2016 Front Label
      Nino Franco Faive Rose Brut 2016
      Rosé Sparkling Wine from Veneto, Italy
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