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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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  • Antinori Tignanello 2016  Front Label
    Antinori Tignanello 2016
    Tuscan Blends from 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Tenuta di Arceno Chianti Classico Riserva 2016 Front Label
    Tenuta di Arceno Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Antinori Solaia 2016  Front Label
    Antinori Solaia 2016
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Pra Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2016  Front Label
    Pra Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2016
    Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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  • Garofoli Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Podium 2016  Front Label
    Garofoli Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Podium 2016
    Verdicchio from Marche, Italy
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  • Gaja Barbaresco 2016  Front Label
    Gaja Barbaresco 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, 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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  • Antinori Marchese Chianti Classico Riserva 2016  Front Label
    Antinori Marchese Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, 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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  • Feudo Maccari Saia 2016  Front Label
    Feudo Maccari Saia 2016
    Nero d'Avola from Sicily, Italy
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  • Tenuta Trerose Santa Caterina Vino Nobile 2016  Front Label
    Tenuta Trerose Santa Caterina Vino Nobile 2016
    Sangiovese from Montepulciano, 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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    Boscarelli Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2016
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco Martinenga 2016  Front Label
    Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco Martinenga 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Sandrone Valmaggiore Nebbiolo d'Alba 2016  Front Label
    Sandrone Valmaggiore Nebbiolo d'Alba 2016
    Nebbiolo from Roero, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Tascante Ghiaia Nera 2016 Front Label
    Tascante Ghiaia Nera 2016
    Other Red Wine from Sicily, Italy
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  • Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Riserva 2016  Front Label
    Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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