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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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    Antinori Solaia 2017
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2017  Front Label
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    Sangiovese from Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2017  Front Label
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    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Planeta Santa Cecilia 2017  Front Label
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    Nero d'Avola from Sicily, Italy
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  • Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (375ML half-bottle) 2017  Front Label
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    Sangiovese from Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy
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  • G.D. Vajra Barbera d'Alba Superiore 2017  Front Label
    G.D. Vajra Barbera d'Alba Superiore 2017
    Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Donnafugata Ben Rye (375ML half-bottle) 2017  Front Label
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    Other Dessert from Sicily, Italy
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  • Infine 1939 Pinot Grigio 2017  Front Label
    Infine 1939 Pinot Grigio 2017
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Spelt Riserva 2017  Front Label
    La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Spelt Riserva 2017
    Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
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  • Morgante Nero d'Avola 2017  Front Label
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    Nero d'Avola from Sicily, Italy
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  • Conti Costanti Rosso di Montalcino 2017  Front Label
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    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tua Rita Perlato del Bosco 2017  Front Label
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  • Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione 2017  Front Label
    Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione 2017
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Masseto (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Masseto (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Rocche di Castiglione 2017  Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Rocche di Castiglione 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2017
    Nebbiolo from Serralunga d'Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Querciabella Mongrana 2017  Front Label
    Querciabella Mongrana 2017
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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