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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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  • Fontanafredda Serralunga d'Alba Barolo 2013 Front Label
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    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Prunotto Mompertone Monferrato 2013 Front Label
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    Other Red Blends from Piedmont, Italy
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    Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Cannubi 2013
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino 2013
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  • Gaja Camarcanda 2013 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Castello di Monsanto Il Poggio Chianti Classico Riserva 2013  Front Label
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    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Pecchenino Le Coste di Monforte Barolo 2013 Front Label
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    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, 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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  • Livio Sassetti Brunello di Montalcino Pertimali 2013 Front Label
    Livio Sassetti Brunello di Montalcino Pertimali 2013
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ca'Viola Barolo Sottocastello di Novello 2013  Front Label
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    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Damilano Barolo Cannubi 2013  Front Label
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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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  • Tormaresca Masseria Maime Negroamaro Salento 2013  Front Label
    Tormaresca Masseria Maime Negroamaro Salento 2013
    Negroamaro from Italy
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  • Capezzana Villa di Carmignano 2013 Front Label
    Capezzana Villa di Carmignano 2013
    Tuscan Blends from Carmignano, Tuscany, Italy
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    Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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    Tenuta di Nozzole La Forra Chianti Classico Riserva 2013
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2013
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino 2013
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, 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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