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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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  • Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco Superiore  Front Label
    Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco Superiore
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Valdobbiadene, Prosecco, Italy
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  • Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore  Front Label
    Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Valdobbiadene, Prosecco, Italy
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  • Ferrari Brut Front Label
    Ferrari Brut
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Trentino, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
    • WW91
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  • Sun Goddess by Mary J Blige Pinot Grigio Ramato 2019 Front Label
    Sun Goddess by Mary J Blige Pinot Grigio Ramato 2019
    Rosé from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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  • Il Palagio Roxanne Toscana Rosso 2018  Front Label
    Il Palagio Roxanne Toscana Rosso 2018
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
    • JS93
    • WW91
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  • Santa Margherita Sparkling Rose Front Label
    Santa Margherita Sparkling Rose
    Rosé Sparkling Wine from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
    • WW91
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  • Tornatore Etna Rosso 2016 Front Label
    Tornatore Etna Rosso 2016
    Nerello Mascalese from Sicily, Italy
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    • JS92
    • WW91
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  • Santa Margherita Chianti Classico Riserva 2016  Front Label
    Santa Margherita Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Castellani Sangiovese 2016  Front Label
    Castellani Sangiovese 2016
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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    • WW92
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  • Valdo Cuvee 1926 Prosecco Superiore Front Label
    Valdo Cuvee 1926 Prosecco Superiore
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Valdobbiadene, Prosecco, Italy
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  • Sassoregale Sangiovese 2017 Front Label
    Sassoregale Sangiovese 2017
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, 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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  • Frescobaldi Castiglioni Giramonte 2012 Front Label
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    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
    • WW93
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014 Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2014
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • WW95
    • WS94
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