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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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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2018  Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Antinori Tignanello 2018  Front Label
    Antinori Tignanello 2018
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
    • RP98
    • JS96
    • WS92
    4.4 19 Ratings
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  • Antinori Villa Toscana 2018  Front Label
    Antinori Villa Toscana 2018
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • JS91
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  • Marchesi Incisa della Rocchetta Valmorena Barbera d'Asti 2018  Front Label
    Marchesi Incisa della Rocchetta Valmorena Barbera d'Asti 2018
    Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Gaja Ca'Marcanda Promis 2018  Front Label
    Gaja Ca'Marcanda Promis 2018
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Masciarelli Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2018  Front Label
      Masciarelli Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2018
      Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
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      • Sella & Mosca Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva 2018  Front Label
        Sella & Mosca Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva 2018
        Grenache from Sardinia, Italy
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        • Antinori Pian delle Vigne Rosso di Montalcino 2018  Front Label
          Antinori Pian delle Vigne Rosso di Montalcino 2018
          Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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          • WS90
          4.0 44 Ratings
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        • Gaja Ca'Marcanda Magari 2018  Front Label
          Gaja Ca'Marcanda Magari 2018
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
          • JS92
          4.4 10 Ratings
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        • Bertani Valpolicella Ripasso 2018  Front Label
          Bertani Valpolicella Ripasso 2018
          Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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          • Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo delle Langhe 2018  Front Label
            Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo delle Langhe 2018
            Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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            • Bertani Valpantena Amarone 2018  Front Label
              Bertani Valpantena Amarone 2018
              Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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              • Antinori Peppoli Chianti Classico 2018  Front Label
                Antinori Peppoli Chianti Classico 2018
                Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
                • JS91
                • WE90
                4.0 24 Ratings
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              • Kris Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
                Kris Pinot Noir 2018
                Pinot Noir from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                • La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2018  Front Label
                  La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2018
                  Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
                  • JS92
                  • V89
                  3.8 15 Ratings
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                • La Spinetta Barbaresco Bordini 2018  Front Label
                  La Spinetta Barbaresco Bordini 2018
                  Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
                  • RP93
                  • JD92
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                • Ornellaia  2018  Front Label
                  Ornellaia 2018
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
                  • JS97
                  • V97
                  • D95
                  • WS95
                  • RP95
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                • St. Michael-Eppan Sanct Valentin Pinot Grigio 2018  Front Label
                  St. Michael-Eppan Sanct Valentin Pinot Grigio 2018
                  Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alto Adige, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
                  • RP94
                  • JS92
                  4.6 13 Ratings
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                • Aia Vecchia Lagone Toscana 2018  Front Label
                  Aia Vecchia Lagone Toscana 2018
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
                  • V91
                  3.8 9 Ratings
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                • Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico 2018  Front Label
                  Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico 2018
                  Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
                  • WS93
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                  • JS91
                  • V91
                  • D91
                  4.0 21 Ratings
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                • Livio Felluga Friulano 2018  Front Label
                  Livio Felluga Friulano 2018
                  Friulano from Colli Orientali del Friuli, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
                  • JS92
                  • RP91
                  3.9 22 Ratings
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                • Avignonesi Rosso di Montepulciano 2018  Front Label
                  Avignonesi Rosso di Montepulciano 2018
                  Sangiovese from Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy
                  • JS92
                  4.0 44 Ratings
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                • Casadei Sogno Mediterraneo 2018  Front Label
                  Casadei Sogno Mediterraneo 2018
                  Rhone Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
                    4.6 11 Ratings
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                  • Citra Trebbiano d'Abruzzo 2018  Front Label
                    Citra Trebbiano d'Abruzzo 2018
                    Trebbiano from Abruzzo, Italy
                      3.8 20 Ratings
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                    • Zenato Valpolicella Superiore 2018  Front Label
                      Zenato Valpolicella Superiore 2018
                      Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
                      • JS92
                      3.4 7 Ratings
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