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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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  • Petra Zingari Toscana 2017  Front Label
    Petra Zingari Toscana 2017
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2017  Front Label
    Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2017
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Antinori Tignanello 2017  Front Label
    Antinori Tignanello 2017
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2017  Front Label
    Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2017
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Antinori Villa Toscana 2017  Front Label
    Antinori Villa Toscana 2017
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ruffino Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva 2017  Front Label
    Ruffino Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva 2017
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Gaja Ca'Marcanda Promis 2017  Front Label
    Gaja Ca'Marcanda Promis 2017
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2017  Front Label
    Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Tornatore Etna Rosso 2017 Front Label
      Tornatore Etna Rosso 2017
      Nerello Mascalese from Sicily, Italy
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    • Adriano Marco e Vittorio Sanadaive Barbaresco 2017  Front Label
      Adriano Marco e Vittorio Sanadaive Barbaresco 2017
      Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Zenato Valpolicella Superiore 2017  Front Label
      Zenato Valpolicella Superiore 2017
      Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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    • Prunotto Barbaresco 2017  Front Label
      Prunotto Barbaresco 2017
      Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Feudi di San Gregorio Aglianico Rubrato 2017  Front Label
      Feudi di San Gregorio Aglianico Rubrato 2017
      Aglianico from Italy
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    • Gaja Sito Moresco 2017 Front Label
      Gaja Sito Moresco 2017
      Other Red Blends from Piedmont, Italy
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      • Remo Farina Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2017  Front Label
        Remo Farina Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2017
        Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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        • Tasca d'Almerita Regaleali Nero d'Avola 2017  Front Label
          Tasca d'Almerita Regaleali Nero d'Avola 2017
          Nero d'Avola from Sicily, Italy
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        • Aia Vecchia Lagone Toscana 2017 Front Label
          Aia Vecchia Lagone Toscana 2017
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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        • Planeta Santa Cecilia 2017  Front Label
          Planeta Santa Cecilia 2017
          Nero d'Avola from Sicily, Italy
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        • Masseto  2017  Front Label
          Masseto 2017
          Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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        • Tenuta di Arceno Il Fauno di Arcanum 2017  Front Label
          Tenuta di Arceno Il Fauno di Arcanum 2017
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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        • Alta Mora Etna Rosso 2017  Front Label
          Alta Mora Etna Rosso 2017
          Nerello Mascalese from Sicily, Italy
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        • St. Michael-Eppan Sanct Valentin Pinot Grigio 2017  Front Label
          St. Michael-Eppan Sanct Valentin Pinot Grigio 2017
          Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alto Adige, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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        • Tenuta Luce Lucente 2017  Front Label
          Tenuta Luce Lucente 2017
          Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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        • La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2017  Front Label
          La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2017
          Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
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        • Castello di Neive Barbaresco 2017  Front Label
          Castello di Neive Barbaresco 2017
          Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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