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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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  • Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2018  Front Label
    Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2018
    Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Castellani Sangiovese 2016  Front Label
    Castellani Sangiovese 2016
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Cerbaia Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
    Cerbaia Brunello di Montalcino 2015
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, 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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    • La Marca Prosecco  Front Label
      La Marca Prosecco
      Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
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        Italian Wine Gift Set
        Collection from Italy
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          • Attems Pinot Grigio 2020  Front Label
            Attems Pinot Grigio 2020
            Pinot Gris/Grigio from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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            • Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2018  Front Label
              Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 2018
              Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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            • Livio Sassetti Brunello di Montalcino Pertimali 2016  Front Label
              Livio Sassetti Brunello di Montalcino Pertimali 2016
              Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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            • Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione 2018  Front Label
              Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione 2018
              Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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              • V96
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            • Piancornello Brunello di Montalcino 2016  Front Label
              Piancornello Brunello di Montalcino 2016
              Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
              • JS94
              • V94
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            • Kylie Minogue Prosecco Rose  Front Bottle Shot
              Kylie Minogue Prosecco Rose
              Sparkling Rosé from Prosecco, Italy
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            • Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2017  Front Label
              Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2017
              Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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              • WE92
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            • Cipriani Bellini  Front Label
              Cipriani Bellini
              Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
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                Viva Italia! Italian Wine Collection
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                  • Ruffino Prosecco  Front Label
                    Ruffino Prosecco
                    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
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                    • Damilano Barolo Lecinquevigne 2016  Front Label
                      Damilano Barolo Lecinquevigne 2016
                      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
                      • JS94
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                      • RP93
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                      • JD92
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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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                      • JS91
                      • WE90
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                    • La Marca Prosecco (187ML Split)  Front Label
                      La Marca Prosecco (187ML Split)
                      Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
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                      • Arnaldo Rivera Barolo Ravera 2015  Front Label
                        Arnaldo Rivera Barolo Ravera 2015
                        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
                        • JS96
                        • WS92
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                      • Ruffino Prosecco Rose  Front Label
                        Ruffino Prosecco Rose
                        Sparkling Rosé from Italy
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                        • La Lecciaia Brunello di Montalcino 2015  Front Label
                          La Lecciaia Brunello di Montalcino 2015
                          Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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                        • Bertani Amarone Classico 2012 Front Label
                          Bertani Amarone Classico 2012
                          Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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                        • Petra Zingari Toscana 2018  Front Label
                          Petra Zingari Toscana 2018
                          Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
                          • JS92
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                        • Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2018  Front Label
                          Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2018
                          Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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