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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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  • Barone Ricasoli Castello di Brolio Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2015  Front Label
    Barone Ricasoli Castello di Brolio Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2015
    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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  • Morgante Don Antonio Nero d'Avola Riserva 2015 Front Label
    Morgante Don Antonio Nero d'Avola Riserva 2015
    Nero d'Avola from Sicily, Italy
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  • Fontanafredda Silver Label Barolo 2015  Front Label
    Fontanafredda Silver Label Barolo 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Brunate 2015  Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Brunate 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Tasca d'Almerita Rosso del Conte 2015  Front Label
    Tasca d'Almerita Rosso del Conte 2015
    Other Red Blends from Sicily, Italy
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  • Elvio Cogno Cascina Nuova Barolo 2015  Front Label
    Elvio Cogno Cascina Nuova Barolo 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • G.D. Vajra Barolo Coste di Rose 2015  Front Label
    G.D. Vajra Barolo Coste di Rose 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • W&S93
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  • Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2015  Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • D94
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