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Named “Oenotria” by the ancient Greeks for its abundance of grapevines, Italy has always had a culture virtually inextricable from 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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    Terlato Family Vineyards Friuli Pinot Grigio 2017
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Colli Orientali del Friuli, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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    Tornatore Etna Bianco 2017
    Other White Wine from Sicily, Italy
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    Mastroberardino Radici Fiano di Avellino 2017
    Fiano from Italy
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    Feudi di San Gregorio Fiano di Avellino 2016
    Fiano from Italy
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  • Abbazia di Novacella Kerner 2018  Front Label
    Abbazia di Novacella Kerner 2018
    Other White Wine from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • St. Michael-Eppan Schulthauser Pinot Bianco 2018  Front Label
    St. Michael-Eppan Schulthauser Pinot Bianco 2018
    Pinot Blanc from Alto Adige, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • St. Michael-Eppan Anger Pinot Grigio 2018  Front Label
    St. Michael-Eppan Anger Pinot Grigio 2018
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alto Adige, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • Kettmeir Pinot Bianco 2018 Front Label
    Kettmeir Pinot Bianco 2018
    Pinot Blanc from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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    Abbazia di Novacella Gruner Veltliner 2018
    Gruner Veltliner from Alto Adige, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • Tramin Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Front Label
    Tramin Sauvignon Blanc 2017
    Sauvignon Blanc from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • Pietradolce Archineri Etna Bianco 2017  Front Label
    Pietradolce Archineri Etna Bianco 2017
    Other White Wine from Sicily, Italy
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  • Ferzo Terre di Chieti Pecorino 2018 Front Label
    Ferzo Terre di Chieti Pecorino 2018
    Other White Wine from Abruzzo, Italy
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  • Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio 2018  Front Label
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    Planeta La Segreta Bianco 2018
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