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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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    Petra Zingari Toscana 2017
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    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Allegrini Amarone 2016  Front Label
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  • Tenuta Guado al Tasso  2017  Front Label
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  • Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto 2015  Front Label
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  • Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
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  • Borgogno Barolo 2016  Front Label
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    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Antinori Pian delle Vigne Rosso di Montalcino 2018  Front Label
    Antinori Pian delle Vigne Rosso di Montalcino 2018
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  • Ceretto Barolo 2015  Front Label
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    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Alois Lageder Terra Alpina Vigneti delle Dolomiti Pinot Grigio 2019
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • Antinori Solaia 2017  Front Label
    Antinori Solaia 2017
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Cigliuti Barbaresco Serraboella 2016
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    Damilano Barolo Lecinquevigne 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco Martinenga 2017
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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