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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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  • Mazzei Chianti Classico Riserva Ser Lapo 2016  Front Label
    Mazzei Chianti Classico Riserva Ser Lapo 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Castellani Sangiovese 2016  Front Label
    Castellani Sangiovese 2016
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Antinori Villa Toscana 2016 Front Label
    Antinori Villa Toscana 2016
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2016  Front Label
    Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Antinori Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2016  Front Label
    Antinori Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Prinsi Barbaresco Gaia Principe 2016  Front Label
    Prinsi Barbaresco Gaia Principe 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Renato Ratti Marcenasco Barolo 2016  Front Label
    Renato Ratti Marcenasco Barolo 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Allegrini Palazzo della Torre 2016  Front Label
    Allegrini Palazzo della Torre 2016
    Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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  • Col d'Orcia Rosso di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
    Col d'Orcia Rosso di Montalcino 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta Luce  2016  Front Label
    Tenuta Luce 2016
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tommasi Ripasso Valpolicella 2016  Front Label
    Tommasi Ripasso Valpolicella 2016
    Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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  • Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2016  Front Label
    Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva 2016  Front Label
    Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tornatore Etna Rosso 2016 Front Label
    Tornatore Etna Rosso 2016
    Nerello Mascalese from Sicily, Italy
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  • Tenuta di Ghizzano Il Ghizzano Made with Organic Grapes 2016  Front Label
    Tenuta di Ghizzano Il Ghizzano Made with Organic Grapes 2016
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta di Arceno Il Fauno di Arcanum 2016  Front Label
    Tenuta di Arceno Il Fauno di Arcanum 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Querciabella Chianti Classico 2016  Front Label
      Querciabella Chianti Classico 2016
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Vietti Barolo Brunate 2016  Front Label
      Vietti Barolo Brunate 2016
      Nebbiolo from La Morra, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Tolaini Al Passo Toscana 2016 Front Label
      Tolaini Al Passo Toscana 2016
      Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Fontanafredda Ebbio Nebbiolo 2016 Front Label
      Fontanafredda Ebbio Nebbiolo 2016
      Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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    • Frescobaldi Nipozzano Mormoreto 2016  Front Label
      Frescobaldi Nipozzano Mormoreto 2016
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Il Feuduccio Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Fonte Venna 2016  Front Label
      Il Feuduccio Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Fonte Venna 2016
      Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
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    • St. Michael-Eppan Sanct Valentin Pinot Noir Riserva 2016  Front Label
      St. Michael-Eppan Sanct Valentin Pinot Noir Riserva 2016
      Pinot Noir from Alto Adige, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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    • Paolo Scavino Barolo 2016  Front Label
      Paolo Scavino Barolo 2016
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2016  Front Label
      Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2016
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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