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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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  • Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco Superiore  Front Label
    Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco Superiore
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Valdobbiadene, Prosecco, Italy
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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
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  • Tommasi Amarone 2016  Front Label
    Tommasi Amarone 2016
    Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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  • Querciabella Chianti Classico 2016  Front Label
    Querciabella Chianti Classico 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Damilano Barolo Lecinquevigne 2015  Front Label
    Damilano Barolo Lecinquevigne 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Cantine Maschio Prosecco Brut  Front Label
    Cantine Maschio Prosecco Brut
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
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  • Tenuta Trerose Santa Caterina Vino Nobile 2016  Front Label
    Tenuta Trerose Santa Caterina Vino Nobile 2016
    Sangiovese from Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Li Veli Askos Susumaniello 2019  Front Label
    Li Veli Askos Susumaniello 2019
    Other Red Wine from Puglia, 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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  • Villa Sandi Il Fresco Prosecco Front Label
    Villa Sandi Il Fresco Prosecco
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
    • W&S89
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  • Mondoro Sparkling Asti Spumante Front Label
    Mondoro Sparkling Asti Spumante
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Piedmont, Italy
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  • Giovanni Rosso Serralunga d'Alba Barolo 2016  Front Label
    Giovanni Rosso Serralunga d'Alba Barolo 2016
    Nebbiolo from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Planeta Frappato 2018  Front Label
    Planeta Frappato 2018
    Frappato from Sicily, Italy
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    3.8 77 Ratings
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  • Feudi di San Gregorio Taurasi 2013  Front Label
    Feudi di San Gregorio Taurasi 2013
    Aglianico from Campania, Italy
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    • RP93
    • JS91
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  • Salcheto Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2016  Front Label
    Salcheto Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2016
    Sangiovese from Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy
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    • WE92
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  • Tenuta di Biserno Campo di Sasso Insoglio del Cinghiale 2019 Front Label
    Tenuta di Biserno Campo di Sasso Insoglio del Cinghiale 2019
    Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Morgante Nero d'Avola 2018  Front Label
    Morgante Nero d'Avola 2018
    Nero d'Avola from Sicily, Italy
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    • V90
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  • Lamberti Rose Spumante Front Label
    Lamberti Rose Spumante
    Sparkling Rosé from Veneto, Italy
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  • Fattoria Moretto Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro Secco Front Label
    Fattoria Moretto Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro Secco
    Red Sparkling Wine from Emilia-Romagna, Italy
    • W&S90
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  • Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Riserva 2016  Front Label
    Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Infine 1939 Pinot Grigio 2016  Front Label
    Infine 1939 Pinot Grigio 2016
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • Adami Garbel Brut Prosecco Front Label
    Adami Garbel Brut Prosecco
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
    • TP91
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  • Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi 2016  Front Label
    Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi 2016
    Aglianico from Campania, Italy
    • RP94
    • W&S93
    4.2 10 Ratings
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  • Tascante Ghiaia Nera 2018  Front Label
    Tascante Ghiaia Nera 2018
    Nerello Mascalese from Sicily, Italy
    • WE91
    • RP91
    • W&S90
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  • Feudo Maccari Saia 2017  Front Label
    Feudo Maccari Saia 2017
    Nero d'Avola from Sicily, Italy
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    • WE90
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