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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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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2018  Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Marchesi Incisa della Rocchetta Valmorena Barbera d'Asti 2018  Front Label
    Marchesi Incisa della Rocchetta Valmorena Barbera d'Asti 2018
    Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Antinori Pian delle Vigne Rosso di Montalcino 2018  Front Label
    Antinori Pian delle Vigne Rosso di Montalcino 2018
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Antinori Peppoli Chianti Classico 2018  Front Label
    Antinori Peppoli Chianti Classico 2018
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico 2018  Front Label
    Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico 2018
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Badia a Coltibuono Cultusboni RS Chianti Classico 2018  Front Label
    Badia a Coltibuono Cultusboni RS Chianti Classico 2018
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Zenato Lugana San Benedetto 2018  Front Label
    Zenato Lugana San Benedetto 2018
    Trebbiano from Veneto, Italy
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  • Badia a Coltibuono Cultusboni RS Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
    Badia a Coltibuono Cultusboni RS Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2018
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Borgo Conventi Pinot Grigio 2018  Front Label
    Borgo Conventi Pinot Grigio 2018
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Colli Orientali del Friuli, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
    • WE90
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  • Tiefenbrunner Turmhof Sauvignon Blanc 2018  Front Label
    Tiefenbrunner Turmhof Sauvignon Blanc 2018
    Sauvignon Blanc from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
    • JS93
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  • Tenuta di Capraia Chianti Classico 2018  Front Label
    Tenuta di Capraia Chianti Classico 2018
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
    • WE89
    4.9 11 Ratings
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  • Tascante Ghiaia Nera 2018  Front Label
    Tascante Ghiaia Nera 2018
    Nerello Mascalese from Sicily, Italy
    • WE91
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    3.5 17 Ratings
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  • Tornatore Pietrarizzo Etna Bianco 2018  Front Label
    Tornatore Pietrarizzo Etna Bianco 2018
    Carricante from Sicily, Italy
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    • RP91
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  • Castello dei Rampolla Chianti Classico 2018  Front Label
    Castello dei Rampolla Chianti Classico 2018
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Feudi di San Gregorio Fiano di Avellino 2018  Front Label
    Feudi di San Gregorio Fiano di Avellino 2018
    Fiano from Italy
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  • Les Cretes Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Les Cretes Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Valle d'Aosta, Italy
    • WE93
    • W&S91
    3.8 14 Ratings
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  • Dievole Chianti Classico 2018  Front Label
    Dievole Chianti Classico 2018
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Campo alle Comete Vermentino 2018  Front Label
    Campo alle Comete Vermentino 2018
    Vermentino from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta Scersce Nettare Rosso di Valtellina 2018  Front Label
    Tenuta Scersce Nettare Rosso di Valtellina 2018
    Nebbiolo from Lombardy, Italy
    • RP92
    • WE90
    3.9 21 Ratings
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  • Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione 2018  Front Label
    Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione 2018
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
    • JS97
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  • Tenuta di Biserno Il Pino 2018  Front Label
    Tenuta di Biserno Il Pino 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • WE95
    • RP93
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