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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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  • Petra Zingari Toscana 2017  Front Label
    Petra Zingari Toscana 2017
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2017  Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Adriano Marco e Vittorio Basarin Barbaresco 2017  Front Label
    Adriano Marco e Vittorio Basarin Barbaresco 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Antinori Tignanello 2017  Front Label
    Antinori Tignanello 2017
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ornellaia  2017  Front Label
    Ornellaia 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Gaja Ca'Marcanda Promis 2017  Front Label
    Gaja Ca'Marcanda Promis 2017
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta Guado al Tasso  2017  Front Label
    Tenuta Guado al Tasso 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Alta Mora Etna Rosso 2017  Front Label
    Alta Mora Etna Rosso 2017
    Nerello Mascalese from Sicily, Italy
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  • Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2017  Front Label
    Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2017
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Prunotto Barbaresco 2017  Front Label
    Prunotto Barbaresco 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Borgo Scopeto Chianti Classico 2017  Front Label
    Borgo Scopeto Chianti Classico 2017
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Marchesi di Barolo Barbera d'Alba Ruvei 2017  Front Label
    Marchesi di Barolo Barbera d'Alba Ruvei 2017
    Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Il Palagio When We Dance Chianti 2017 Front Label
      Il Palagio When We Dance Chianti 2017
      Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Sottimano Barbaresco Cotta 2017  Front Label
      Sottimano Barbaresco Cotta 2017
      Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Michele Satta Rosso 2017 Front Label
      Michele Satta Rosso 2017
      Tuscan Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Sassoregale Sangiovese 2017 Front Label
      Sassoregale Sangiovese 2017
      Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Tua Rita Giusto di Notri 2017  Front Label
      Tua Rita Giusto di Notri 2017
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Lamole di Lamole Chianti Classico 2017  Front Label
      Lamole di Lamole Chianti Classico 2017
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Inama Vigneti di Foscarino Soave Classico 2017  Front Label
      Inama Vigneti di Foscarino Soave Classico 2017
      Garganega from Soave, Veneto, Italy
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    • Castello di Querceto Chianti Classico 2017  Front Label
      Castello di Querceto Chianti Classico 2017
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Remo Farina Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2017  Front Label
      Remo Farina Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2017
      Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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      • Feudi di San Gregorio Aglianico Rubrato 2017  Front Label
        Feudi di San Gregorio Aglianico Rubrato 2017
        Aglianico from Italy
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      • Conti Costanti Rosso di Montalcino 2017  Front Label
        Conti Costanti Rosso di Montalcino 2017
        Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Bottega Vinaia Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
        Bottega Vinaia Pinot Noir 2017
        Pinot Noir from Trentino, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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        • Gagliole Rubiolo Chianti Classico 2017  Front Label
          Gagliole Rubiolo Chianti Classico 2017
          Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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