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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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  • Umani Ronchi CaSal di Serra Verdicchio 2019  Front Label
    Umani Ronchi CaSal di Serra Verdicchio 2019
    Verdicchio from Marche, Italy
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  • Gaja Ca'Marcanda Magari 2019  Front Label
    Gaja Ca'Marcanda Magari 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico 2019  Front Label
    Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico 2019
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Planeta Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2019  Front Label
    Planeta Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2019
    Other Red Blends from Sicily, Italy
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  • Pieropan Soave Classico La Rocca 2019  Front Label
    Pieropan Soave Classico La Rocca 2019
    Garganega from Soave, Veneto, Italy
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  • Damilano Barbera d'Asti 2019  Front Label
    Damilano Barbera d'Asti 2019
    Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Banfi Chianti Classico 2019  Front Label
    Banfi Chianti Classico 2019
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Pieropan Soave Classico Calvarino 2019  Front Label
    Pieropan Soave Classico Calvarino 2019
    Garganega from Soave, Veneto, Italy
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  • Argentiera Villa Donoratico Bolgheri 2019  Front Label
    Argentiera Villa Donoratico Bolgheri 2019
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Marchesi di Barolo Maraia Barbera di Monferrato 2019  Front Label
    Marchesi di Barolo Maraia Barbera di Monferrato 2019
    Barbera from Piedmont, Italy
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  • Pecchenino San Luigi Dogliani Dolcetto 2019  Front Label
    Pecchenino San Luigi Dogliani Dolcetto 2019
    Dolcetto from Dogliani, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Viberti La Gemella Barbera d'Alba 2019  Front Label
    Viberti La Gemella Barbera d'Alba 2019
    Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Dievole Chianti Classico 2019  Front Label
    Dievole Chianti Classico 2019
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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