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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 Italian wine 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 Italian wine 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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    Paolo Conterno Barolo Ginestra Riserva 2013
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • La Lecciaia Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2013  Front Label
    La Lecciaia Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2013
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Capezzana Ghiaie della Furba 2013
    Other Red 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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  • Castello di Monsanto Nemo 2013  Front Label
    Castello di Monsanto Nemo 2013
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Damilano 1752 Barolo Cannubi Riserva 2013  Front Label
    Damilano 1752 Barolo Cannubi Riserva 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  Front Label
    Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino Ripe di Convento Riserva 2013
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tedeschi Capitel Monte Olmi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva 2013  Front Label
    Tedeschi Capitel Monte Olmi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva 2013
    Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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