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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 Italian wine 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 Italian wine 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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    Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2018
    Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Antinori Tignanello 2019  Front Label
    Antinori Tignanello 2019
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico Riserva 2016  Front Label
    Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • La Massa Toscana 2018  Front Label
    La Massa Toscana 2018
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Castellani Sangiovese 2016  Front Label
    Castellani Sangiovese 2016
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Castellani Chianti Classico Riserva 2017  Front Label
        Castellani Chianti Classico Riserva 2017
        Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo 2016  Front Label
        Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo 2016
        Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 2017  Front Label
        Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 2017
        Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Gaja Rossj-Bass Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
        Gaja Rossj-Bass Chardonnay 2020
        Chardonnay from Piedmont, Italy
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        • La Marca Prosecco  Front Label
          La Marca Prosecco
          Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
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          • Zenato Sergio Zenato Amarone Classico della Valpolicella Riserva 2016  Front Label
            Zenato Sergio Zenato Amarone Classico della Valpolicella Riserva 2016
            Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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          • Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio 2021  Front Label
            Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio 2021
            Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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            • Terre del Barolo Vinum Vita Est Barolo 2016  Front Label
              Terre del Barolo Vinum Vita Est Barolo 2016
              Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Tenuta di Arceno Chianti Classico Riserva 2018  Front Label
              Tenuta di Arceno Chianti Classico Riserva 2018
              Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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            • Tenute Neirano Barolo 2016  Front Label
              Tenute Neirano Barolo 2016
              Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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            • San Filippo Brunello di Montalcino 2017  Front Label
              San Filippo Brunello di Montalcino 2017
              Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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            • Vietti Moscato d'Asti 2021  Front Label
              Vietti Moscato d'Asti 2021
              Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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              • Chloe Pinot Grigio 2021  Front Label
                Chloe Pinot Grigio 2021
                Pinot Gris/Grigio from Alto Adige, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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                    • Camigliano Brunello di Montalcino 2017  Front Label
                      Camigliano Brunello di Montalcino 2017
                      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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                    • Tomaiolo Chianti Classico Riserva 2018  Front Label
                      Tomaiolo Chianti Classico Riserva 2018
                      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                      • Tenuta di Capraia Chianti Classico Riserva 2016  Front Label
                        Tenuta di Capraia Chianti Classico Riserva 2016
                        Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                      • G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe 2018  Front Label
                        G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe 2018
                        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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                      • Mazzei Chianti Classico Riserva Ser Lapo 2018  Front Label
                        Mazzei Chianti Classico Riserva Ser Lapo 2018
                        Tuscan Blends from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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