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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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  • Piancornello Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
    Piancornello Brunello di Montalcino 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2013
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Castelli Martinozzi Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
    Castelli Martinozzi Brunello di Montalcino 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2016  Front Label
    Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2016
    Sangiovese from Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta Guado al Tasso  2017  Front Label
    Tenuta Guado al Tasso 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • La Magia Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
    La Magia Brunello di Montalcino 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • G.D. Vajra Bricco Delle Viole Barolo 2017  Front Label
    G.D. Vajra Bricco Delle Viole Barolo 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Gaja Barbaresco 2018  Front Label
    Gaja Barbaresco 2018
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Tenuta di Capraia Chianti Classico Riserva 2016  Front Label
    Tenuta di Capraia Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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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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  • Tascante Ghiaia Nera 2019  Front Label
    Tascante Ghiaia Nera 2019
    Nerello Mascalese from Sicily, Italy
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  • Ferrari Perle Nero 2010  Front Label
    Ferrari Perle Nero 2010
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Trentino, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • Ferrari Brut Rose Front Label
    Ferrari Brut Rose
    Sparkling Rosé from Trentino, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2015  Front Label
    Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Massolino Vigna Rionda Riserva Barolo 2015  Front Label
    Massolino Vigna Rionda Riserva Barolo 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Arnaldo Rivera Barolo Ravera 2015  Front Label
    Arnaldo Rivera Barolo Ravera 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2016  Front Label
    Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, 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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  • Sottimano Barbaresco Curra 2014 Front Label
    Sottimano Barbaresco Curra 2014
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2017  Front Label
    Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2017
    Sangiovese from Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Fontanafredda Serralunga d'Alba Barolo 2016  Front Label
    Fontanafredda Serralunga d'Alba Barolo 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Sottimano Barbaresco Pajore 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Dei Bossona Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva 2015  Front Label
    Dei Bossona Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva 2015
    Sangiovese from Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Argiolas Is Argiolas Vermentino di Sardegna 2020  Front Label
    Argiolas Is Argiolas Vermentino di Sardegna 2020
    Vermentino from Sardinia, Italy
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  • Pio Cesare Barbaresco 2016  Front Label
    Pio Cesare Barbaresco 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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