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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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  • Ziobaffa Organic Toscana 2014 Front Label
    Ziobaffa Organic Toscana 2014
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Castellani Sangiovese 2014 Front Label
    Castellani Sangiovese 2014
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2014 Front Label
    Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2014
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 2014 Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 2014
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Giovanni Rosso Barolo 2014  Front Label
    Giovanni Rosso Barolo 2014
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Antinori Pian Delle Vigne Brunello Di Montalcino 2014  Front Label
    Antinori Pian Delle Vigne Brunello Di Montalcino 2014
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    G.D. Vajra Bricco Delle Viole Barolo 2014
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Gaja Sori San Lorenzo 2014 Front Label
    Gaja Sori San Lorenzo 2014
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Di Majo Norante Contado Riserva 2014  Front Label
    Di Majo Norante Contado Riserva 2014
    Aglianico from Molise, Italy
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  • Damilano Barolo Lecinquevigne 2014 Front Label
    Damilano Barolo Lecinquevigne 2014
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva 2014  Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva 2014
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Castello dei Rampolla d'Alceo 2014  Front Label
    Castello dei Rampolla d'Alceo 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Contratto For England Brut Rose 2014  Front Label
    Contratto For England Brut Rose 2014
    Rosé Sparkling Wine from Piedmont, Italy
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  • San Felice Il Grigio Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2014 Front Label
    San Felice Il Grigio Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2014
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Planeta Santa Cecilia 2014 Front Label
    Planeta Santa Cecilia 2014
    Nero d'Avola from Sicily, Italy
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    • Casa E. di Mirafiore Barolo 2014 Front Label
      Casa E. di Mirafiore Barolo 2014
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Tellus Merlot 2014  Front Label
      Tellus Merlot 2014
      Merlot from Umbria, Italy
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    • Marchesi di Barolo Tradizione Barolo 2014 Front Label
      Marchesi di Barolo Tradizione Barolo 2014
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Marcarini Barolo Brunate 2014 Front Label
        Marcarini Barolo Brunate 2014
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Sella & Mosca Terre Rare Riserva Carignano 2014  Front Label
        Sella & Mosca Terre Rare Riserva Carignano 2014
        Carignan from Sardinia, Italy
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        • Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2014  Front Label
          Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2014
          Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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        • Di Majo Norante Don Luigi Riserva 2014  Front Label
          Di Majo Norante Don Luigi Riserva 2014
          Montepulciano from Molise, Italy
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        • Tasca d'Almerita Rosso del Conte 2014  Front Label
          Tasca d'Almerita Rosso del Conte 2014
          Other Red Blends from Italy
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        • Ruffino Greppone Mazzi Brunello di Montalcino 2014  Front Label
          Ruffino Greppone Mazzi Brunello di Montalcino 2014
          Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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        • Rocca Sveva Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore 2014 Front Label
          Rocca Sveva Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore 2014
          Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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