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Italy – Where wine is a way of life

The Italian wine regions are extremely diverse, and this is made clear in their wines. Established varieties such as Merlot, Syrah, and Sauvignon can be found on just 15 percent of the total vine growing area. The remaining 85 percent is reserved for autochthonous, indigenous varieties. More than 2,000 different grape varieties are grown under diverse conditions and pressed with various techniques into wines that reach the top tier of the international wine market.

Sparkling wines from Italy

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Prosecco dry

DOC, Paladin, 750 ml
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Franciacorta Brut Gran Cuvée

DOCG, Castello Bonomi, 750 ml
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Prosecco brut millesimato 2019

DOC, Paladin, 1500 ml
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Prosecco brut millesimato 2020

DOC, Paladin, 1500 ml

White wines from Italy

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Arneis delle Langhe 2021

DOC Langhe, Rocche Costamagna, 750 ml
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attimo Chardonnay 2021

DOC, Paladin, 750 ml
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attimo Pinot Grigio 2020
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attimo Pinot Grigio 2020

DOC, Paladin, 750 ml

Rosé wines from Italy

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Pinot Grigio Rosé 2021

DOC, Paladin, 750 ml
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Tadzio 2018

IGT Lazio rosato, Villa Caviciana, 750 ml

Red wines from Italy

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Barbaresco Fausoni 2016

DOCG, Silvia Rivella, 750 ml
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Barbaresco Montestefano 2016

DOCG, Silvia Rivella, 750 ml
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Anforti 2016

IGT, Paolo Conterno, 750 ml
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Chianti classico Riserva 2016
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Chianti classico Riserva 2016

DOCG, Molino di Grace, 750 ml

Sweet wines from Italy

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Maddalena dolce 2015

IGT Lazio rosso, Villa Caviciana, 500 ml
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Spirits from Italy

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Grappa di Barolo 2014

Giuseppe Castelli, 700 ml
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Grappa di Barolo,

Rocche Costamagna, 500 ml
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Grappa di Brunello

La Gerla, 500 ml

Italy is among the oldest wine-growing regions in the world. Its beginnings stretch back to 1000 BCE. While the Romans eventually cultivated winemaking across the whole of Europe, it was the Greeks who brought grapes to Italy, which they named Oinotria Tellus, “The Country of Wine.”

During the Roman conquest, time was still found to exchange grape varieties and knowledge of cultivation and processing techniques. The center of wine cultivation was the areas south of Naples, from where wine cultivation rapidly spread to every provinces in the Empire.

Collapse and resurgence

The commercial network of wine producers collapsed along with the Empire itself. Wine culture fell into obscurity, maintained only by the monks of the Roman Catholic Church. Officially, this was to guarantee the inventory of sacramental wine. But when the wealthy cities of northern Italy came to monopolize the wine trade in the 11th century, Italy once again ascended to be the main wine supplier in Europe.

Regional, individual, and – above all – traditional.

Italian wine is held in high regard worldwide, but Italian winemakers place especially high demands on themselves. They carefully combine modern insights with ancient traditions and, despite their ancient knowledge, are curious and open to innovation. Winemakers place great emphasis on giving their vines the proper soil, and thus will sometimes give up varieties with higher yields for varieties that thrive less but produce better wine.

Italians love wine, particularly the native ones.

The Italian wine industry is one of the most important sectors of the nation's economy, providing jobs for over half a million people. In addition, there are another ten thousand in positions relating to wine-tourism and marketing. Wine has long been the only positive entry in the Italian agricultural ledger. Italy is one of the largest wine exporters in the world, while hardly any is imported, with the exception of champagnes.

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