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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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  • Masciarelli Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2019  Front Label
    Masciarelli Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2019
    Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
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  • Tenuta Guado al Tasso Il Bruciato 2019  Front Label
    Tenuta Guado al Tasso Il Bruciato 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Feudi di San Gregorio Falanghina 2019  Front Label
    Feudi di San Gregorio Falanghina 2019
    Falanghina from Campania, Italy
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  • Castellani Monsalaia Maremma Toscana 2019  Front Label
    Castellani Monsalaia Maremma Toscana 2019
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Casta Parini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2019  Front Label
      Casta Parini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2019
      Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
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      • Marchesi Incisa della Rocchetta Valmorena Barbera d'Asti 2019  Front Label
        Marchesi Incisa della Rocchetta Valmorena Barbera d'Asti 2019
        Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Vie di Romans Dessimis Pinot Grigio 2019  Front Label
        Vie di Romans Dessimis Pinot Grigio 2019
        Pinot Gris/Grigio from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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      • Li Veli Passamante Salice Salentino Negroamaro 2019  Front Label
        Li Veli Passamante Salice Salentino Negroamaro 2019
        Negroamaro from Puglia, Italy
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        • Argentiera Poggio ai Ginepri 2019  Front Label
          Argentiera Poggio ai Ginepri 2019
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2019  Front Label
            Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2019
            Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo delle Langhe 2019  Front Label
            Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo delle Langhe 2019
            Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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            • Cusumano Nero d'Avola 2019  Front Label
              Cusumano Nero d'Avola 2019
              Nero d'Avola from Sicily, Italy
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            • Umani Ronchi CaSal di Serra Verdicchio 2019  Front Label
              Umani Ronchi CaSal di Serra Verdicchio 2019
              Verdicchio from Marche, Italy
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            • Antinori Castello della Sala Conte Della Vipera 2019  Front Label
              Antinori Castello della Sala Conte Della Vipera 2019
              Bordeaux White Blends from Umbria, Italy
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            • Paolo Scavino Langhe Nebbiolo 2019  Front Label
              Paolo Scavino Langhe Nebbiolo 2019
              Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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              • Argiolas Costera 2019  Front Label
                Argiolas Costera 2019
                Grenache from Sardinia, Italy
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              • Terlato Family Vineyards Friuli Pinot Grigio 2019  Front Label
                Terlato Family Vineyards Friuli Pinot Grigio 2019
                Pinot Gris/Grigio from Colli Orientali del Friuli, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                • Gaja Ca'Marcanda Vistamare 2019  Front Label
                  Gaja Ca'Marcanda Vistamare 2019
                  Other White Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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                • Feudi di San Gregorio Greco di Tufo 2019  Front Label
                  Feudi di San Gregorio Greco di Tufo 2019
                  Greco from Campania, Italy
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                • Mazzei Badiola Toscana 2019  Front Label
                  Mazzei Badiola Toscana 2019
                  Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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                • Planeta Etna Rosso 2019  Front Label
                  Planeta Etna Rosso 2019
                  Other Red Wine from Sicily, Italy
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                • Planeta Etna Bianco 2019  Front Label
                  Planeta Etna Bianco 2019
                  Carricante from Sicily, Italy
                  • RP93
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                • Cantina Mesa Cannonau di Sardegna Primo Scuro 2019  Front Label
                  Cantina Mesa Cannonau di Sardegna Primo Scuro 2019
                  Grenache from Sardinia, Italy
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                  • Marchesi di Gresy Barbera d'Asti 2019  Front Label
                    Marchesi di Gresy Barbera d'Asti 2019
                    Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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                  • Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso San Lorenzo 2019  Front Label
                    Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso San Lorenzo 2019
                    Nerello Mascalese from Sicily, Italy
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