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Named “Oenotria” by the ancient Greeks for its abundance of grapevines, Italy has always had a culture virtually inextricable from 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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  • Antinori Tignanello 2016  Front Label
    Antinori Tignanello 2016
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2016 Front Label
    Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Gaja Sori Tildin 2016  Front Label
    Gaja Sori Tildin 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Tenuta Guado al Tasso  2016 Front Label
    Tenuta Guado al Tasso 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tornatore Etna Rosso 2016 Front Label
    Tornatore Etna Rosso 2016
    Other Red Wine from Sicily, Italy
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    Tormaresca Neprica 2016
    Other Red Blends from Italy
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  • Prunotto Barbaresco 2016  Front Label
    Prunotto Barbaresco 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Mastroberardino Redimore Aglianico 2016  Front Label
    Mastroberardino Redimore Aglianico 2016
    Aglianico from Campania, Italy
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    Passopisciaro Passorosso 2016
    Other Red Wine from Sicily, Italy
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  • Argentiera Bolgheri Superiore 2016  Front Label
    Argentiera Bolgheri Superiore 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Antinori Solaia 2016  Front Label
    Antinori Solaia 2016
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • WS98
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    Orma Toscana 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • WE91
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  • Gaja Barbaresco 2016  Front Label
    Gaja Barbaresco 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Tenuta Luce  2016  Front Label
    Tenuta Luce 2016
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Masseto  2016  Front Label
    Masseto 2016
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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    • WE95
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