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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 wines. 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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  • Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio 2020  Front Label
    Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio 2020
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Italy
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    • Cavit Pinot Grigio 2020  Front Label
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      Pinot Gris/Grigio from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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      • Ziobaffa Organic Pinot Grigio 2020  Front Label
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        Pinot Gris/Grigio from Puglia, Italy
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        • Vietti Moscato d'Asti 2020  Front Label
          Vietti Moscato d'Asti 2020
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        • Vietti Roero Arneis 2020  Front Label
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          • Centorri Moscato 2020  Front Label
            Centorri Moscato 2020
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            • La Fiera Pinot Grigio 2020  Front Label
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              Pinot Gris/Grigio from Veneto, Italy
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              • Aia Vecchia Vermentino 2020  Front Label
                Aia Vecchia Vermentino 2020
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                • Fontaleoni Vernaccia Di San Gimignano 2020  Front Label
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                  Vernaccia from Tuscany, Italy
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                  • Cupcake Vineyards Moscato d'Asti 2020  Front Label
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                    • Chloe Pinot Grigio 2020  Front Label
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                      • Scarpetta Pinot Grigio 2020  Front Label
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                        • Prophecy Pinot Grigio 2020  Front Label
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                          • Elena Walch Lagrein 2020  Front Label
                            Elena Walch Lagrein 2020
                            Lagrein from Alto Adige, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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                              • G.D. Vajra Moscato d'Asti 2020  Front Label
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                                • Les Cretes Petite Arvine 2020  Front Label
                                  Les Cretes Petite Arvine 2020
                                  Other White Wine from Valle d'Aosta, Italy
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                                    Other White Wine from Marche, Italy
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