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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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    • Borgo Scopeto Chianti Classico 2017  Front Label
      Borgo Scopeto Chianti Classico 2017
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, 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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      • Bruno Giacosa Barbera d'Alba 2017  Front Label
        Bruno Giacosa Barbera d'Alba 2017
        Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Feudi di San Gregorio Falanghina 2017 Front Label
        Feudi di San Gregorio Falanghina 2017
        Falanghina from Italy
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      • Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2017 Front Label
        Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2017
        Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Bisol Crede Prosecco Superiore 2017  Front Label
        Bisol Crede Prosecco Superiore 2017
        Vintage Sparkling Wine from Valdobbiadene, Prosecco, 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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      • Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo delle Langhe 2017 Front Label
        Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo delle Langhe 2017
        Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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        • Zaccagnini Il Vino Dal Tralcetto Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2017  Front Label
          Zaccagnini Il Vino Dal Tralcetto Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2017
          Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
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          • Tommasi Rafael Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2017  Front Label
            Tommasi Rafael Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2017
            Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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          • G.D. Vajra Barbera d'Alba 2017  Front Label
            G.D. Vajra Barbera d'Alba 2017
            Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Mastroberardino NovaSerra Greco di Tufo 2017  Front Label
            Mastroberardino NovaSerra Greco di Tufo 2017
            Greco from Italy
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          • Antinori Peppoli Chianti Classico 2017  Front Label
            Antinori Peppoli Chianti Classico 2017
            Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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            • Ornellaia Le Volte dell’ Ornellaia 2017  Front Label
              Ornellaia Le Volte dell’ Ornellaia 2017
              Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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            • Gaja Ca'Marcanda Magari 2017  Front Label
              Gaja Ca'Marcanda Magari 2017
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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            • Avignonesi Rosso di Montepulciano 2017  Front Label
              Avignonesi Rosso di Montepulciano 2017
              Sangiovese from Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy
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            • Pico Maccario Lavignone Barbera D'Asti 2017 Front Label
              Pico Maccario Lavignone Barbera D'Asti 2017
              Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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              • Sassoregale Sangiovese 2017 Front Label
                Sassoregale Sangiovese 2017
                Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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              • Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Santo Spirito 2017  Front Label
                Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Santo Spirito 2017
                Other Red Blends from Sicily, Italy
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              • Tenuta Luce Lucente 2017 Front Label
                Tenuta Luce Lucente 2017
                Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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              • Carletto Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2017  Front Label
                Carletto Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2017
                Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
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                • Massolino Barbera d'Alba 2017  Front Label
                  Massolino Barbera d'Alba 2017
                  Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                • Bruno Giacosa Valmaggiore Nebbiolo d'Alba 2017  Front Label
                  Bruno Giacosa Valmaggiore Nebbiolo d'Alba 2017
                  Nebbiolo from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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