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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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  • Tenuta Guado al Tasso Il Bruciato 2018  Front Label
    Tenuta Guado al Tasso Il Bruciato 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Masciarelli Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2018  Front Label
    Masciarelli Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2018
    Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
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    • Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo 2018  Front Label
      Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo 2018
      Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Elena Walch Beyond The Clouds White Blend 2018  Front Label
      Elena Walch Beyond The Clouds White Blend 2018
      Other White Blends from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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    • Suavia Monte Carbonare Soave Classico 2018  Front Label
      Suavia Monte Carbonare Soave Classico 2018
      Garganega from Soave, Veneto, Italy
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    • Paolo Scavino Langhe Nebbiolo 2018  Front Label
      Paolo Scavino Langhe Nebbiolo 2018
      Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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    • Feudi di San Gregorio Falanghina 2018  Front Label
      Feudi di San Gregorio Falanghina 2018
      Falanghina from Italy
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    • Citra Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
      Citra Chardonnay 2018
      Chardonnay from Abruzzo, Italy
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      • G.D. Vajra Barbera d'Alba 2018  Front Label
        G.D. Vajra Barbera d'Alba 2018
        Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo delle Langhe 2018  Front Label
          Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo delle Langhe 2018
          Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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          • Allegrini Valpolicella 2018  Front Label
            Allegrini Valpolicella 2018
            Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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          • Frescobaldi Gorgona 2018  Front Label
            Frescobaldi Gorgona 2018
            Other White Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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            • Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Ateo 2018  Front Label
              Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Ateo 2018
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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            • Fontanafredda Briccotondo Barbera 2018  Front Label
              Fontanafredda Briccotondo Barbera 2018
              Barbera from Piedmont, Italy
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              • Planeta Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
                Planeta Chardonnay 2018
                Chardonnay from Sicily, Italy
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              • Planeta Etna Bianco 2018  Front Label
                Planeta Etna Bianco 2018
                Carricante from Sicily, Italy
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              • Il Palagio Roxanne Toscana Rosso 2018  Front Label
                Il Palagio Roxanne Toscana Rosso 2018
                Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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              • Uccelliera Rosso di Montalcino 2018  Front Label
                Uccelliera Rosso di Montalcino 2018
                Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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              • Livio Felluga Pinot Grigio 2018  Front Label
                Livio Felluga Pinot Grigio 2018
                Pinot Gris/Grigio from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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              • Castellani Chianti Annata 2018  Front Label
                Castellani Chianti Annata 2018
                Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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              • Poggio Scalette Chianti Classico 2018  Front Label
                Poggio Scalette Chianti Classico 2018
                Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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              • Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico RS 2018  Front Label
                Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico RS 2018
                Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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              • Borgo Conventi Pinot Grigio 2018  Front Label
                Borgo Conventi Pinot Grigio 2018
                Pinot Gris/Grigio from Colli Orientali del Friuli, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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              • Alois Lageder Porer Pinot Grigio 2018 Front Label
                Alois Lageder Porer Pinot Grigio 2018
                Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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              • Castellare Chianti Classico 2018  Front Label
                Castellare Chianti Classico 2018
                Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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