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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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  • Masciarelli Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2017  Front Label
    Masciarelli Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2017
    Montepulciano from Abruzzo, 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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    • Tenuta Guado al Tasso  2017  Front Label
      Tenuta Guado al Tasso 2017
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Ornellaia  2017  Front Label
      Ornellaia 2017
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Prunotto Barbaresco 2017  Front Label
      Prunotto Barbaresco 2017
      Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, 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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    • Borgo Scopeto Chianti Classico 2017  Front Label
      Borgo Scopeto Chianti Classico 2017
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Michele Satta Rosso 2017 Front Label
      Michele Satta Rosso 2017
      Tuscan Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Tua Rita Giusto di Notri 2017  Front Label
      Tua Rita Giusto di Notri 2017
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Antinori Tignanello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
      Antinori Tignanello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
      Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Conti Costanti Rosso di Montalcino 2017  Front Label
      Conti Costanti Rosso di Montalcino 2017
      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Castello di Querceto Chianti Classico 2017  Front Label
      Castello di Querceto Chianti Classico 2017
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Tenuta Scersce Nettare Rosso di Valtellina 2017  Front Label
      Tenuta Scersce Nettare Rosso di Valtellina 2017
      Nebbiolo from Lombardy, Italy
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    • Sassoregale Sangiovese 2017 Front Label
      Sassoregale Sangiovese 2017
      Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili 2017  Front Label
      Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili 2017
      Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    • J. Hofstatter Meczan Pinot Nero 2017 Front Label
      J. Hofstatter Meczan Pinot Nero 2017
      Pinot Noir from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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      • Fuligni S.J. Toscana 2017  Front Label
        Fuligni S.J. Toscana 2017
        Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Cantina Mesa Carignano del Sulcis Buio 2017  Front Label
        Cantina Mesa Carignano del Sulcis Buio 2017
        Carignan from Sardinia, 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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          • Casadei Sogno Mediterraneo 2017  Front Label
            Casadei Sogno Mediterraneo 2017
            Rhone Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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          • Orma Passi di Orma 2017  Front Label
            Orma Passi di Orma 2017
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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          • Tiefenbrunner Turmhof Sauvignon Blanc 2017  Front Label
            Tiefenbrunner Turmhof Sauvignon Blanc 2017
            Sauvignon Blanc from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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            • Donatella Cinelli Colombini Rosso di Montalcino 2017  Front Label
              Donatella Cinelli Colombini Rosso di Montalcino 2017
              Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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            • Rocca delle Macie Moonlite 2017  Front Label
              Rocca delle Macie Moonlite 2017
              Other White Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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