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Named “Oenotria” by the ancient Greeks for its abundance of grapevines, Italy has always had a culture virtually inextricable from wine. 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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  • Ornellaia Masseto 1999 Front Label
    Ornellaia Masseto 1999
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Agostina Pieri Brunello di Montalcino 1999 Front Label
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    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Giuseppe Principiano Barolo Boscareto 1999 Front Label
    Giuseppe Principiano Barolo Boscareto 1999
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Giacomo Conterno Monfortino Barolo Riserva 1999 Front Label
    Giacomo Conterno Monfortino Barolo Riserva 1999
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Gaja Costa Russi 1999 Front Label
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      Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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      • Gaja Barbaresco 1999 Front Label
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        Renato Ratti Rocche dell'Annunziata Barolo 1999
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Aldo Conterno Barolo Granbussia Riserva 1999 Front Label
        Aldo Conterno Barolo Granbussia Riserva 1999
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Dal Forno Romano Amarone della Valpolicella 1999 Front Label
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        Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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      • Casisano Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (5 Liter Bottle) 1999 Front Label
        Casisano Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (5 Liter Bottle) 1999
        Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999 Front Label
        Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Domenico Clerico Barolo Percristina (torn label) 1999 Front Label
        Domenico Clerico Barolo Percristina (torn label) 1999
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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        Roberto Voerzio La Serra Barolo 1999
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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        Roberto Voerzio Barolo La Serra 1999
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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        Aldo Conterno Colonnello Barolo 1999
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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        Vietti Barolo Brunate 1999
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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