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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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  • Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto 2015  Front Label
    Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, 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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  • Antinori Pian delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
    Antinori Pian delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Bellavista Franciacorta Teatro La Scala Brut 2015  Front Label
    Bellavista Franciacorta Teatro La Scala Brut 2015
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Italy
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  • Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino Manachiara 2015  Front Label
    Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino Manachiara 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Umani Ronchi Pelago 2015  Front Label
    Umani Ronchi Pelago 2015
    Other Red Blends from Marche, Italy
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  • Tenuta di Arceno Valadorna 2015  Front Label
    Tenuta di Arceno Valadorna 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2015  Front Label
    Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tedeschi Amarone della Valpolicella 2015  Front Label
    Tedeschi Amarone della Valpolicella 2015
    Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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  • San Felice Il Grigio Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2015  Front Label
    San Felice Il Grigio Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2015
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2015  Front Label
    Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, 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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  • Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Altero 2015  Front Label
    Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Altero 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin 2015  Front Label
    Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Lisini Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
    Lisini Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • WE93
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  • Prunotto Bric Turot Barbaresco 2015  Front Label
    Prunotto Bric Turot Barbaresco 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Martoccia Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
    Martoccia Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Argiano Vigna del Suolo Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
    Argiano Vigna del Suolo Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Carpineto Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
    Carpineto Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    4.8 5 Ratings
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  • Donatella Cinelli Colombini Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
    Donatella Cinelli Colombini Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    4.6 7 Ratings
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  • Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2015  Front Label
    Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
    Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Fontanafredda Silver Label Barbaresco 2015  Front Label
    Fontanafredda Silver Label Barbaresco 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Col d'Orcia Nearco 2015  Front Label
    Col d'Orcia Nearco 2015
    Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • RP92
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  • Cotarella Montiano 2015  Front Label
    Cotarella Montiano 2015
    Merlot from Lazio, Italy
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    • JS92
    • WS90
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