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Red
750ml
Bottle: $12.60 $14.40
From the Sicilian dialect, “frappatu” indicates the fruit fragrance that unequivocally defines the wine bouquet...
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White
750ml
Bottle: $11.90 $14.16
Light gold in the glass, this wine has a comforting nose of floral and mineral aromas mixed with the scent of flan...
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Dessert/Fortified Wine
750ml
Bottle: $9.80 $11.66
Rated 88 - This dry version of Sicily's most famous fortified wine boasts lingering tones of pinecone, walnut and...
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Dessert/Fortified Wine
750ml
Bottle: $9.80 $11.66
Rated 88 - Dark amber in color with golden reflections, this is a sweet Marsala redolent of ample syrup, brown sugar,...
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88
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Red
750ml
Bottle: $42.95 $49.08
Rated 97 - Radiant and fragrant, this beautiful wine opens with mesmerizing aromas of rose petal, perfumed berries,...
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93
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Red
750ml
Bottle: $11.99 $14.28
Rated 92 - Delicious nero d'avola with perfumed black fruit, stained with licorice and herbs. Medium-bodied with an...
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92
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White
750ml
Bottle: $8.40 $10.00
It is a sunny and fascinating wine with the intense aromatic charge of its aromas of white pulp fruit. The hilly...
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Sparkling
750ml
Bottle: $9.47 $11.28
Ruffino Prosecco is fruity and fragrant with clean notes of citrus, pears and apples along with slight hints of...

Italy Abruzzo Friuli-Venezia Giulia Sicily End Bin Wines Rapid Ship

There are few countries in the world with a viticultural history as long or as illustrious as that claimed by Italy. Grapes were first being grown and cultivated on Italian soil several thousand years ago by the Greeks and the Pheonicians, who named Italy 'Oenotria' – the land of wines – so impressed were they with the climate and the suitability of the soil for wine production. Of course, it was the rise of the Roman Empire which had the most lasting influence on wine production in Italy, and their influence can still be felt today, as much of the riches of the empire came about through their enthusiasm for producing wines and exporting it to neighbouring countries. Since those times, a vast amount of Italian land has remained primarily for vine cultivation, and thousands of wineries can be found throughout the entire length and breadth of this beautiful country, drenched in Mediterranean sunshine and benefiting from the excellent fertile soils found there. Italy remains very much a 'land of wines', and one could not imagine this country, its landscape and culture, without it.

Situated on the east coast of central Italy, between the mountains and the sea, Abruzzo is a wine region which has the best of all possible worlds. Beautiful and varied terroir, with blazing sunshine and cooling breezes blowing off the Adriatic, history and modernity, and an independent spirit supported by generations of tradition and expertise. This is a wine region with a serious past, stretching back to the very origins of wine production in Europe - the Etruscans were the first to cultivate vines here, and the Romans lent their industrious and forward-thinking minds to viticulture in Abruzzo, something which is still felt today if you wander among the villages and vineyards.

Abruzzo has over 90,000 acres of land dedicated to wine production and grape-growing, and is the fifth most productive wine region in Italy. The majority of viticultural activity takes place in the hillier regions, where the microclimates are ideal for the historic vineyards, particularly around the sub-region of Chieti, which produces plenty of sunny and characterful wines ranging from Pinot Grigio to Sangiovese and crowd-pleasing Merlots. The climatic conditions of Abruzzo are particularly favorable, with this region seeing a fine balance of rainfall and sunshine, allowing for a long and bountiful ripening season which sees the grapes reach full ripeness and provides plenty of expression of terroir.

Abruzzo has one DOCG, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colline Teramane, where we find beautiful blended red wines made from Montepulciano and Sangiovese varietals. It also has three DOC regions, based around these red grapes as well as white varietals such as Trebbiano.

Friuli-Venezia Giulia is an important Italian wine region, situated high in the northernmost parts of the country, and close to the Slovenian and Austrian borders. As such, there is a considerable Germanic influence on the wines of this region, with varietals such as Riesling growing alongside Italian classics such as Pinot Grigio. The finest wines of Friuli-Venezia Giulia are considered to be those which capture the alpine essence of the region, with its pine scented terroirs and crystal mountain waters which run down from the mountains. There are also several interesting lesser known grape varietals processed in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, which gives the region a unique wine culture which the local wine makers are immensely proud of, and which makes the region a fascinating one to explore.

The beautiful island of Sicily has been growing grapevines and producing wines for thousands of years, ever since the ancient Greeks first landed on its golden shores and noticed the island's true potential as a haven for quality grapes. Today, the island is one of Italy's primary wine regions, and even though over eighty percent of Sicily's grapevines are used for the production of sweet fortified wines, the remaining wineries making other wine styles are renowned around the world for their quality and character. Indeed, Sicilian wineries are famed for their ability to capture something of the sun-drenched region in their wines, and the vines they cultivate benefit enormously from the almost constant sunshine and the incredibly fertile volcanic soils which typify the island.

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