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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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    Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2013
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto 2013
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino 2013
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Il Margone 2013  Front Label
    Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Il Margone 2013
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Gaja Rennina Brunello di Montalcino 2013
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Il Palagio Sister Moon 2013  Front Label
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    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Terrabianca Campaccio Riserva 2013  Front Label
    Terrabianca Campaccio Riserva 2013
    Tuscan Blends from 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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  • 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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  • Bellavista Saten Brut 2013  Front Label
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    • Camigliano Gualto Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2013 Front Label
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      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, 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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      Nebbiolo from Barolo, 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 2013  Front Label
      Prunotto Bussia Barolo 2013
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      Vietti Barolo Riserva Villero 2013
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Col d'Orcia Poggio al Vento Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2013  Front Label
      Col d'Orcia Poggio al Vento Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2013
      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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