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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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    Agricola Punica Barrua Isola dei Nuraghi 2014
    Other Red Blends from Sardinia, Italy
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    Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2014
    Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo 2014
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  • Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2014 Front Label
    Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenute Silvio Nardi Rosso di Montalcino 2014 Front Label
    Tenute Silvio Nardi Rosso di Montalcino 2014
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Donnafugata Ben Rye (375ML half-bottle) 2014 Front Label
    Donnafugata Ben Rye (375ML half-bottle) 2014
    Other Dessert from Sicily, Italy
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      Ornellaia Le Serre Nuove 2014
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    • Massolino Langhe Nebbiolo 2014 Front Label
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      Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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    • Terlato Family Vineyards Friuli Pinot Grigio 2014 Front Label
      Terlato Family Vineyards Friuli Pinot Grigio 2014
      Pinot Gris/Grigio from Colli Orientali del Friuli, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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    • Ruffino Modus 2014 Front Label
      Ruffino Modus 2014
      Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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