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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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  • Fontanafredda Gavi di Gavi 2018  Front Label
    Fontanafredda Gavi di Gavi 2018
    Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Vietti Roero Arneis 2018 Front Label
    Vietti Roero Arneis 2018
    Arneis from Roero, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Mastroberardino Radici Fiano di Avellino 2018  Front Label
    Mastroberardino Radici Fiano di Avellino 2018
    Fiano from Italy
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  • Maso Canali Pinot Grigio 2018 Front Label
    Maso Canali Pinot Grigio 2018
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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    • Planeta Etna Rosso 2018  Front Label
      Planeta Etna Rosso 2018
      Nerello Mascalese from Sicily, Italy
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      • Marenco Scrapona Moscato d'Asti 2018  Front Label
        Marenco Scrapona Moscato d'Asti 2018
        Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Scarpetta Pinot Grigio 2018  Front Label
        Scarpetta Pinot Grigio 2018
        Pinot Gris/Grigio from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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        • St. Michael-Eppan Sanct Valentin Sauvignon Blanc 2018  Front Label
          St. Michael-Eppan Sanct Valentin Sauvignon Blanc 2018
          Sauvignon Blanc from Alto Adige, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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        • Candoni Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
          Candoni Pinot Noir 2018
          Pinot Noir from Lombardy, Italy
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          • Caposaldo Pinot Grigio 2018 Front Label
            Caposaldo Pinot Grigio 2018
            Pinot Gris/Grigio from Veneto, Italy
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            • Venica & Venica Jesera Pinot Grigio 2018  Front Label
              Venica & Venica Jesera Pinot Grigio 2018
              Pinot Gris/Grigio from Collio Goriziano, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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              • Banfi Rosa Regale Brachetto 2018  Front Label
                Banfi Rosa Regale Brachetto 2018
                Red Sparkling Wine from Piedmont, Italy
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                • Coppo Gavi La Rocca 2018  Front Label
                  Coppo Gavi La Rocca 2018
                  Cortese from Gavi, Piedmont, Italy
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                • Palladio Chianti 2018  Front Label
                  Palladio Chianti 2018
                  Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                  • Podere Grattamacco Bolgheri Rosso 2018  Front Label
                    Podere Grattamacco Bolgheri Rosso 2018
                    Other Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
                    • JS96
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                  • Li Veli Orion Primitivo 2018  Front Label
                    Li Veli Orion Primitivo 2018
                    Primitivo from Puglia, Italy
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                  • Cantine Elvio Tintero Moscato d'Asti Sori Gramella 2018 Front Label
                    Cantine Elvio Tintero Moscato d'Asti Sori Gramella 2018
                    Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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                    • Travaglini Coste della Sesia Nebbiolo 2018  Front Label
                      Travaglini Coste della Sesia Nebbiolo 2018
                      Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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                    • Mastroberardino Aglianico 2018  Front Label
                      Mastroberardino Aglianico 2018
                      Aglianico from Campania, Italy
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                      • Sottimano Langhe Nebbiolo 2018  Front Label
                        Sottimano Langhe Nebbiolo 2018
                        Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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                      • Candoni Pinot Grigio 2018  Front Label
                        Candoni Pinot Grigio 2018
                        Pinot Gris/Grigio from Veneto, Italy
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                        • Alois Lageder Terra Alpina Pinot Grigio Vigneti delle Dolomiti  2018  Front Label
                          Alois Lageder Terra Alpina Pinot Grigio Vigneti delle Dolomiti 2018
                          Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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                          • Il Palagio Roxanne Toscana Rosso 2018  Front Label
                            Il Palagio Roxanne Toscana Rosso 2018
                            Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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                          • Inama Soave Classico 2018  Front Label
                            Inama Soave Classico 2018
                            Garganega from Soave, Veneto, Italy
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                          • Feudi di San Gregorio Ros'Aura 2018  Front Label
                            Feudi di San Gregorio Ros'Aura 2018
                            Rosé from Campania, Italy
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