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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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    San Filippo Brunello di Montalcino Le Lucere 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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    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • San Filippo Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
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    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Sangiovese from Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy
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    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Massolino Barolo 2015  Front Label
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    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo 2015  Front Label
    Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo 2015
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ceretto Barolo 2015  Front Label
    Ceretto Barolo 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Silvio Grasso Barolo 2015 Front Label
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    Castellare I Sodi S. Niccolo 2015
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Allegrini Amarone 2015  Front Label
    Allegrini Amarone 2015
    Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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    Belguardo Maremma Toscana 2015
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Tuscany, Italy
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    Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Pio Cesare Il Bricco Barbaresco 2015
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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