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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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  • Piccini Sasso al Poggio 2016  Front Label
    Piccini Sasso al Poggio 2016
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • St. Michael-Eppan Schulthauser Pinot Bianco 2020  Front Label
    St. Michael-Eppan Schulthauser Pinot Bianco 2020
    Pinot Blanc from Alto Adige, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • Berlucchi '61 Brut Rose  Front Label
    Berlucchi '61 Brut Rose
    Sparkling Rosé from Lombardy, Italy
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  • Patrizi Moscato d'Asti 2021  Front Label
    Patrizi Moscato d'Asti 2021
    Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Adriano Marco e Vittorio Sanadaive Barbaresco 2018  Front Label
    Adriano Marco e Vittorio Sanadaive Barbaresco 2018
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Patrizi Barbaresco 2018  Front Label
    Patrizi Barbaresco 2018
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Tomaiolo Chianti Classico 2019  Front Label
    Tomaiolo Chianti Classico 2019
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • St. Michael-Eppan Lahn Sauvignon 2020  Front Label
    St. Michael-Eppan Lahn Sauvignon 2020
    Sauvignon Blanc from Alto Adige, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • Zeni Costalago Rosso Veronese 2019  Front Label
    Zeni Costalago Rosso Veronese 2019
    Other Red Blends from Verona, Veneto, Italy
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  • Les Cretes Cuvee Bois Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Les Cretes Cuvee Bois Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Valle d'Aosta, Italy
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    • Arnaldo Rivera Barolo Ravera 2015  Front Label
      Arnaldo Rivera Barolo Ravera 2015
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Ziobaffa Organic Prosecco Front Label
      Ziobaffa Organic Prosecco
      Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
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    • Bellavista Franciacorta Teatro La Scala Brut 2016  Front Label
      Bellavista Franciacorta Teatro La Scala Brut 2016
      Vintage Sparkling Wine from Italy
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    • Zeni Marogne Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2019  Front Label
      Zeni Marogne Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2019
      Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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    • Planeta Etna Bianco 2019  Front Label
      Planeta Etna Bianco 2019
      Carricante from Sicily, Italy
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    • Les Cretes Chardonnay 2021  Front Label
      Les Cretes Chardonnay 2021
      Chardonnay from Valle d'Aosta, Italy
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      • Masciarelli Colline Teatine Villa Gemma Bianco 2020  Front Label
        Masciarelli Colline Teatine Villa Gemma Bianco 2020
        Other White Blends from Abruzzo, Italy
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      • Les Cretes Petite Arvine Fleur 2018  Front Label
        Les Cretes Petite Arvine Fleur 2018
        Other White Wine from Valle d'Aosta, Italy
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      • Tenute Neirano Barolo 2016  Front Label
        Tenute Neirano Barolo 2016
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Pietradolce Contrada Rampante Etna Rosso 2017  Front Label
        Pietradolce Contrada Rampante Etna Rosso 2017
        Nerello Mascalese from Sicily, Italy
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      • Pievalta San Paolo Castelli di Jesi Verdicchio Riserva Classico 2016  Front Label
        Pievalta San Paolo Castelli di Jesi Verdicchio Riserva Classico 2016
        Verdicchio from Marche, Italy
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      • Piccini Prosecco Front Label
        Piccini Prosecco
        Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Prosecco, Italy
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        • Casata Parini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2019  Front Label
          Casata Parini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2019
          Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
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          • Cantina Gabriele Rosato (OU Kosher) 2021  Front Label
            Cantina Gabriele Rosato (OU Kosher) 2021
            Rosé from Lazio, Italy
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            • Les Cretes Petite Arvine 2021  Front Label
              Les Cretes Petite Arvine 2021
              Other White Wine from Valle d'Aosta, Italy
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