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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 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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    Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ceretto Barolo 2015  Front Label
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    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Ceretto Brunate Barolo 2015  Front Label
    Ceretto Brunate Barolo 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
    Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino 2015
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    • Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
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      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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      Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Altero 2015
      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Masi Costasera Amarone Classico 2015  Front Label
      Masi Costasera Amarone Classico 2015
      Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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      Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino 2015
      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Tenuta di Arceno Valadorna 2015  Front Label
      Tenuta di Arceno Valadorna 2015
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Cantina Del Nebbiolo Barolo Perno 2015  Front Label
      Cantina Del Nebbiolo Barolo Perno 2015
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Arnaldo Rivera Barolo Undicicomuni 2015  Front Label
        Arnaldo Rivera Barolo Undicicomuni 2015
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2015  Front Label
        Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2015
        Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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      • La Lecciaia Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
        La Lecciaia Brunello di Montalcino 2015
        Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Brancaia Il Blu 2015  Front Label
        Brancaia Il Blu 2015
        Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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      • La Valentina Bellovedere Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Terre dei Vestini Riserva 2015  Front Label
        La Valentina Bellovedere Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Terre dei Vestini Riserva 2015
        Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
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      • G.D. Vajra Bricco Delle Viole Barolo 2015  Front Label
        G.D. Vajra Bricco Delle Viole Barolo 2015
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Tenuta di Capraia Chianti Classico Riserva 2015 Front Label
        Tenuta di Capraia Chianti Classico Riserva 2015
        Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Tenuta San Leonardo San Leonardo 2015  Front Label
        Tenuta San Leonardo San Leonardo 2015
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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      • Pecchenino Bussia Barolo 2015  Front Label
        Pecchenino Bussia Barolo 2015
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Vietti Barolo Ravera 2015  Front Label
        Vietti Barolo Ravera 2015
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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        Ceretto Prapo Barolo 2015
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Beni di Batasiolo Barolo 2015  Front Label
        Beni di Batasiolo Barolo 2015
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Poggio Antico Madre Toscana 2015  Front Label
        Poggio Antico Madre Toscana 2015
        Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Enrico Serafino Alta Langa Metodo Classico Oudeis Brut 2015  Front Label
        Enrico Serafino Alta Langa Metodo Classico Oudeis Brut 2015
        Vintage Sparkling Wine from Piedmont, Italy
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