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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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  • Ceretto Barolo 2015  Front Label
    Ceretto Barolo 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, 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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  • Ceretto Brunate Barolo 2015  Front Label
    Ceretto Brunate Barolo 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Tenuta di Arceno Arcanum 2015  Front Label
    Tenuta di Arceno Arcanum 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ceretto Prapo Barolo 2015  Front Label
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    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
    Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, 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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  • Damilano Barolo Cannubi 2015  Front Label
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  • Zenato Merlot Corvina Cormi 2015  Front Label
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    Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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  • Pecchenino Bussia Barolo 2015  Front Label
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  • Braida Ai Suma Barbera d'Asti 2015  Front Label
    Braida Ai Suma Barbera d'Asti 2015
    Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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    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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  • Morgante Don Antonio Nero d'Avola Riserva 2015 Front Label
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    Nero d'Avola from Sicily, Italy
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    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta di Capraia Chianti Classico Riserva 2015 Front Label
    Tenuta di Capraia Chianti Classico Riserva 2015
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Frescobaldi Nipozzano Montesodi Toscana Rosso 2015 Front Label
    Frescobaldi Nipozzano Montesodi Toscana Rosso 2015
    Sangiovese from 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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  • Casa Emma Chianti Classico 2015 Front Label
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    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Col d'Orcia Nearco 2015  Front Label
    Col d'Orcia Nearco 2015
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  • Barone Ricasoli Casalferro 2015  Front Label
    Barone Ricasoli Casalferro 2015
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Domenico Clerico Barolo Pajana 2015  Front Label
    Domenico Clerico Barolo Pajana 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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