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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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  • Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2014  Front Label
    Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2014
    Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta San Leonardo San Leonardo 2014  Front Label
    Tenuta San Leonardo San Leonardo 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • Poggio di Sotto Rosso di Montalcino 2014  Front Label
    Poggio di Sotto Rosso di Montalcino 2014
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino 2014 Front Label
    Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino 2014
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • G.D. Vajra Bricco Delle Viole Barolo 2014 Front Label
    G.D. Vajra Bricco Delle Viole 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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  • 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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  • Di Majo Norante Contado Riserva 2014  Front Label
    Di Majo Norante Contado Riserva 2014
    Aglianico from Molise, 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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  • Di Majo Norante Ramitello Rosso 2014  Front Label
    Di Majo Norante Ramitello Rosso 2014
    Other Red Blends from Italy
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  • Damilano Barolo Brunate 2014 Front Label
    Damilano Barolo Brunate 2014
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Barone Pizzini Saten Franciacorta 2014  Front Label
    Barone Pizzini Saten Franciacorta 2014
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Lombardy, 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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    • JS90
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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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  • Vietti Barolo Ravera (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014  Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Ravera (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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