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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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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2017  Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
    Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, 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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  • Castelli Martinozzi Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
    Castelli Martinozzi 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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  • Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino 2013  Front Label
    Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino 2013
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, 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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  • G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe 2015  Front Label
    G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Antinori Peppoli Chianti Classico 2017  Front Label
    Antinori Peppoli Chianti Classico 2017
    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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  • Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco Superiore  Front Label
    Nino Franco Rustico 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
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  • Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
    Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Cantina Paltrinieri Radice Lambrusco di Sorbara 2018  Front Label
    Cantina Paltrinieri Radice Lambrusco di Sorbara 2018
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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  • Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
    Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
    Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth (1 Liter)  Front Bottle Shot
    Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth (1 Liter)
    Vermouth from Italy
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    • Ornellaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016 Front Label
      Ornellaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, 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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    • Planeta Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
      Planeta Chardonnay 2018
      Chardonnay from Sicily, Italy
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    • Tenuta Guado al Tasso Il Bruciato 2018  Front Label
      Tenuta Guado al Tasso Il Bruciato 2018
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Fontanafredda Serralunga d'Alba Barolo 2013 Front Label
      Fontanafredda Serralunga d'Alba Barolo 2013
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Ceretto Barolo 2015  Front Label
      Ceretto Barolo 2015
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Bisol Jeio Prosecco Superiore  Front Label
      Bisol Jeio Prosecco Superiore
      Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Valdobbiadene, Prosecco, Italy
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    • Poggio al Tesoro Solosole Vermentino 2017  Front Label
      Poggio al Tesoro Solosole Vermentino 2017
      Vermentino from Tuscany, Italy
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