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Named “Oenotria” by the ancient Greeks for its abundance of grapevines, Italy has always had a culture virtually inextricable from 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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    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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      Barone Ricasoli Rocca Guicciarda Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Tenuta Guado al Tasso  2016 Front Label
      Tenuta Guado al Tasso 2016
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • St. Michael-Eppan Sanct Valentin Pinot Noir Riserva 2016  Front Label
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      Pinot Noir from Alto Adige, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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        Primitivo from Italy
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          Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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            Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Castello di Monsanto Toscana Monrosso 2016 Front Label
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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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            Passopisciaro Passobianco 2016
            Chardonnay from Sicily, Italy
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            Pra Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2016
            Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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            Tascante Ghiaia Nera 2016
            Other Red Wine from Sicily, Italy
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