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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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  • Mazzei Chianti Classico Riserva Ser Lapo 2016  Front Label
    Mazzei Chianti Classico Riserva Ser Lapo 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta Guado al Tasso  2016 Front Label
    Tenuta Guado al Tasso 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Pio Cesare Barolo 2015  Front Label
    Pio Cesare Barolo 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2016  Front Label
    Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Querciabella Chianti Classico 2015 Front Label
    Querciabella Chianti Classico 2015
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Antinori Castello della Sala Cervaro 2018  Front Label
    Antinori Castello della Sala Cervaro 2018
    Chardonnay from Umbria, Italy
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  • Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2016  Front Label
    Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Gaja Barbaresco 2016  Front Label
    Gaja Barbaresco 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Giovanni Rosso Barolo 2014  Front Label
    Giovanni Rosso Barolo 2014
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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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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  • Casa E. di Mirafiore Barolo 2014 Front Label
    Casa E. di Mirafiore Barolo 2014
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Il Marroneto Brunello Madonne delle Grazie 2015  Front Label
    Il Marroneto Brunello Madonne delle Grazie 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • G.D. Vajra Barbera d'Alba Superiore 2016  Front Label
    G.D. Vajra Barbera d'Alba Superiore 2016
    Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Masi Costasera Amarone Classico 2013 Front Label
    Masi Costasera Amarone Classico 2013
    Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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  • Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico 2016 Front Label
    Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
    Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Massolino Barolo 2015  Front Label
    Massolino Barolo 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Elvio Cogno Cascina Nuova Barolo 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra 2015  Front Label
    Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Tenuta di Arceno Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Feudo Maccari Saia 2016  Front Label
    Feudo Maccari Saia 2016
    Nero d'Avola from Sicily, Italy
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  • Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
    Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Castello di Ama Chianti Classico San Lorenzo Gran Selezione 2016  Front Label
    Castello di Ama Chianti Classico San Lorenzo Gran Selezione 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Ravera 2014  Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Ravera 2014
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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