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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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  • Giuseppe Cortese Rabaja Barbaresco 2017  Front Label
    Giuseppe Cortese Rabaja Barbaresco 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe 2017  Front Label
    G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Allegrini Palazzo della Torre 2017  Front Label
    Allegrini Palazzo della Torre 2017
    Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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  • Pio Cesare Barolo 2017  Front Label
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    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Adriano Marco e Vittorio Basarin Barbaresco 2017  Front Label
    Adriano Marco e Vittorio Basarin Barbaresco 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Tornatore Etna Rosso 2017 Front Label
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    Nerello Mascalese from Sicily, Italy
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  • Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2017  Front Label
    Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2017
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2017  Front Label
    Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2017
    Sangiovese from Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Braida Bricco dell' Uccellone Barbera d'Asti 2017  Front Label
    Braida Bricco dell' Uccellone Barbera d'Asti 2017
    Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Infine 1939 Pinot Grigio 2017  Front Label
    Infine 1939 Pinot Grigio 2017
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • Alta Mora Etna Rosso 2017  Front Label
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    Nerello Mascalese from Sicily, Italy
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  • Prunotto Barbaresco 2017  Front Label
    Prunotto Barbaresco 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Banfi Aska Bolgheri Rosso 2017  Front Label
    Banfi Aska Bolgheri Rosso 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • La Braccesca Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2017  Front Label
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    Sangiovese from Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy
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    Feudi di San Gregorio Aglianico Rubrato 2017
    Aglianico from Campania, Italy
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  • Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2017  Front Label
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    Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • G.D. Vajra Barolo Ravera 2017  Front Label
    G.D. Vajra Barolo Ravera 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Tenuta Guado al Tasso  2017  Front Label
    Tenuta Guado al Tasso 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tasca d'Almerita Regaleali Nero d'Avola 2017  Front Label
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    Nero d'Avola from Sicily, Italy
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  • Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (375ML half-bottle) 2017  Front Label
    Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (375ML half-bottle) 2017
    Sangiovese from Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2017  Front Label
    Tormaresca Torcicoda Primitivo 2017
    Primitivo from Italy
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  • G.D. Vajra Bricco Delle Viole Barolo 2017  Front Label
    G.D. Vajra Bricco Delle Viole Barolo 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    G.D. Vajra Barolo Coste di Rose 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Planeta Eruzione 1614 Carricante 2017 Front Label
    Planeta Eruzione 1614 Carricante 2017
    Carricante from Sicily, Italy
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  • Castello dei Rampolla Chianti Classico 2017  Front Label
    Castello dei Rampolla Chianti Classico 2017
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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