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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
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Castellani Sangiovese 2016  Front Label
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    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Antinori Tignanello 2018  Front Label
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    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    Antinori Tignanello 2017
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
    Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2016
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Masseto  2017  Front Label
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  • Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2017  Front Label
    Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2017
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
        Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 2016
        Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Antinori Pian delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
        Antinori Pian delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino 2015
        Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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        Marchesi Incisa della Rocchetta Valmorena Barbera d'Asti 2018
        Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Antinori Castello della Sala Cervaro 2019  Front Label
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        Chardonnay from Umbria, Italy
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      • Petra Zingari Toscana 2017  Front Label
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        Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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          • Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
            Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2016
            Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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            Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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          • Masciarelli Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2018  Front Label
            Masciarelli Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2018
            Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
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            • Ziobaffa Organic Pinot Grigio 2020  Front Label
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              Pinot Gris/Grigio from Puglia, 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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              • Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
                Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino 2015
                Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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              • Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2017  Front Label
                Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2017
                Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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              • Allegrini Palazzo della Torre 2017  Front Label
                Allegrini Palazzo della Torre 2017
                Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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                Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
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                • La Palazzetta Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
                  La Palazzetta Brunello di Montalcino 2016
                  Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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