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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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  • Podere Grattamacco Bolgheri Superiore 2016  Front Label
    Podere Grattamacco Bolgheri Superiore 2016
    Other Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ceretto Barbaresco 2016  Front Label
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    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Paitin Barbaresco Sori Paitin Serraboella 2016 Front Label
    Paitin Barbaresco Sori Paitin Serraboella 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Mazzei Chianti Classico Riserva Ser Lapo 2016  Front Label
    Mazzei Chianti Classico Riserva Ser Lapo 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
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    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
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    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Allegrini Amarone 2016  Front Label
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  • Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
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  • Prunotto Barolo 2016  Front Label
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    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
    Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
    Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Borgogno Barolo 2016  Front Label
    Borgogno Barolo 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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    Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta di Capraia Chianti Classico Riserva 2016  Front Label
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    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
    Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino White Label 2016  Front Label
    Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino White Label 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato 2016  Front Label
    Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    G.D. Vajra Barolo Coste di Rose 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Livio Sassetti Brunello di Montalcino Pertimali 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Fattoria dei Barbi Rosso di Montalcino 2016 Front Label
    Fattoria dei Barbi Rosso di Montalcino 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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