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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 wines. 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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  • Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
    Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta di Capraia Chianti Classico Riserva 2016  Front Label
    Tenuta di Capraia Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • La Magia Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
    La Magia Brunello di Montalcino 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
    Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tommasi Amarone 2016  Front Label
    Tommasi Amarone 2016
    Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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  • Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso 2016  Front Label
    Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Allegrini Amarone 2016  Front Label
    Allegrini Amarone 2016
    Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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  • Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
    Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Marchesi di Barolo Tradizione Barolo 2016  Front Label
    Marchesi di Barolo Tradizione Barolo 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2016  Front Label
    Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2016
    Sangiovese from Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Pertinace Barolo 2016  Front Label
    Pertinace Barolo 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo 2016  Front Label
    Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
    Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Altesino Montosoli Brunello di Montalcino (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016  Front Label
    Altesino Montosoli Brunello di Montalcino (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
    Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
    Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Pio Cesare Barolo 2016  Front Label
    Pio Cesare Barolo 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Salcheto Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2016  Front Label
    Salcheto Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2016
    Sangiovese from Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2016  Front Label
    Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Michele Chiarlo Barolo Tortoniano 2016  Front Label
    Michele Chiarlo Barolo Tortoniano 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Borgogno Barolo 2016  Front Label
    Borgogno Barolo 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Infine 1939 Pinot Grigio 2016  Front Label
    Infine 1939 Pinot Grigio 2016
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • Cesari Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2016  Front Label
    Cesari Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2016
    Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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  • Tornatore Pietrarizzo Etna Rosso 2016  Front Label
    Tornatore Pietrarizzo Etna Rosso 2016
    Nerello Mascalese from Sicily, Italy
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    3.9 113 Ratings
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  • Paitin Barbaresco Serraboella 2016  Front Label
    Paitin Barbaresco Serraboella 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    3.9 5 Ratings
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