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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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  • 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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  • Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2016  Front Label
    Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Petra Zingari Toscana 2017  Front Label
    Petra Zingari Toscana 2017
    Tuscan Blends from 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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  • Tenuta Guado al Tasso  2016 Front Label
    Tenuta Guado al Tasso 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Querciabella Chianti Classico 2015 Front Label
    Querciabella Chianti Classico 2015
    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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  • Terlan Pinot Grigio 2018  Front Label
    Terlan Pinot Grigio 2018
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from 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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  • G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe 2015  Front Label
    G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barbera d'Alba 2017  Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barbera d'Alba 2017
    Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Zenato Amarone 2015  Front Label
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    Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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  • San Filippo Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
    San Filippo Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, 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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  • Gaja Barbaresco 2016  Front Label
    Gaja Barbaresco 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Antinori Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2016  Front Label
    Antinori Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Giovanni Rosso Barolo 2014  Front Label
    Giovanni Rosso Barolo 2014
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, 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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  • Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
    Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, 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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    Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Riserva 2015
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, 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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  • Ca' del Bosco Franciacorta Cuvee Prestige Rose Front Label
    Ca' del Bosco Franciacorta Cuvee Prestige Rose
    Rosé Sparkling Wine from Lombardy, Italy
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