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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 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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  • La Lecciaia Brunello di Montalcino 2013  Front Label
    La Lecciaia Brunello di Montalcino 2013
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Il Palagio Sister Moon 2013  Front Label
    Il Palagio Sister Moon 2013
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenimenti d'Alessandro Il Bosco Syrah 2013  Front Label
    Tenimenti d'Alessandro Il Bosco Syrah 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Shardana  2013  Front Label
    Shardana 2013
    Other Red Blends from Sardinia, Italy
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    • Terrabianca Campaccio Riserva 2013  Front Label
      Terrabianca Campaccio Riserva 2013
      Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Contratto Millesimato Pas Dose 2013  Front Label
      Contratto Millesimato Pas Dose 2013
      Vintage Sparkling Wine from Piedmont, Italy
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    • Arnaldo Caprai 25 Anni Montefalco Sagrantino 2013  Front Label
      Arnaldo Caprai 25 Anni Montefalco Sagrantino 2013
      Sagrantino from Umbria, Italy
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    • Tormaresca Bocca di Lupo 2013 Front Label
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      Aglianico from Puglia, Italy
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    • Fantinel Tenuta Sant'Helena Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso 2013  Front Label
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      Refosco from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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    • Prunotto Mompertone Monferrato 2013 Front Label
      Prunotto Mompertone Monferrato 2013
      Other Red Blends from Piedmont, Italy
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    • Castello di Monsanto Nemo 2013  Front Label
      Castello di Monsanto Nemo 2013
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Tenuta di Nozzole La Forra Chianti Classico Riserva 2013 Front Label
      Tenuta di Nozzole La Forra Chianti Classico Riserva 2013
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino 2013 Front Label
      Val di Suga Brunello di Montalcino 2013
      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Ca'Viola Barolo Sottocastello di Novello 2013  Front Label
      Ca'Viola Barolo Sottocastello di Novello 2013
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Tenuta di Arceno Arcanum 2013  Front Label
      Tenuta di Arceno Arcanum 2013
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Camigliano Gualto Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2013 Front Label
      Camigliano Gualto Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2013
      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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      Tenuta di Arceno Chianti Classico Strada al Sasso Riserva 2013
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Damilano Barolo Cannubi 2013  Front Label
      Damilano Barolo Cannubi 2013
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Prunotto Bric Turot Barbaresco 2013 Front Label
      Prunotto Bric Turot Barbaresco 2013
      Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Damilano Barolo Liste 2013  Front Label
      Damilano Barolo Liste 2013
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      Prunotto Bussia Barolo (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      Col d'Orcia Poggio al Vento Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2013
      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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      Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino Ripe di Convento Riserva 2013
      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • La Spinetta Barbaresco Starderi 2013 Front Label
      La Spinetta Barbaresco Starderi 2013
      Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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      Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto 2013
      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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