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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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    Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Damilano Barolo Lecinquevigne 2015  Front Label
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  • Monti Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2015  Front Label
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  • Casa Emma Chianti Classico 2015 Front Label
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    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Braida Ai Suma Barbera d'Asti 2015
    Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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    Bellavista Franciacorta Teatro La Scala Brut 2015
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Italy
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