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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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  • Tenuta di Valgiano Colline Lucchesi 2005
    Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Benanti Serra Della Contessa Etna Rosso 2005 Front Label
      Benanti Serra Della Contessa Etna Rosso 2005
      Nerello Mascalese from Sicily, Italy
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    • E. Pira e Figli Barolo Cannubi 2005 Front Label
      E. Pira e Figli Barolo Cannubi 2005
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Vietti Barolo Rocche di Castiglione 2005 Front Label
      Vietti Barolo Rocche di Castiglione 2005
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis 2005 Front Label
      Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis 2005
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Vietti Barolo Brunate 2005 Front Label
      Vietti Barolo Brunate 2005
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Donnafugata Mille e una Notte 2005 Front Label
      Donnafugata Mille e una Notte 2005
      Nero d'Avola from Sicily, Italy
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      • Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore 2005 Front Label
        Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore 2005
        Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Aldo Conterno Colonnello Barolo 2005 Front Label
        Aldo Conterno Colonnello Barolo 2005
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Paolo Scavino Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata Riserva 2005 Front Label
        Paolo Scavino Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata Riserva 2005
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Paolo Scavino Barolo Bricco Ambrogio 2005 Front Label
        Paolo Scavino Barolo Bricco Ambrogio 2005
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 2005 Front Label
        Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 2005
        Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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      • Radikon Ribolla Gialla (500ml) 2005 Front Label
        Radikon Ribolla Gialla (500ml) 2005
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        • Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 2005 Front Label
          Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 2005
          Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Mauro Veglio Barolo Gattera 2005 Front Label
          Mauro Veglio Barolo Gattera 2005
          Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Giovanni Corino Barolo Vigna Giachini 2005  Front Label
          Giovanni Corino Barolo Vigna Giachini 2005
          Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Salicutti Brunello di Montalcino Piaggione 2005 Front Label
          Salicutti Brunello di Montalcino Piaggione 2005
          Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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        • Lamborghini Torami 2005 Front Label
          Lamborghini Torami 2005
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        • Brovia Barolo Villero 2005 Front Label
          Brovia Barolo Villero 2005
          Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Ronchi Barbaresco 2005 Front Label
          Ronchi Barbaresco 2005
          Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Gulfi Nerosanlore 2005 Front Label
          Gulfi Nerosanlore 2005
          Nero d'Avola from Sicily, Italy
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        • Mauro Veglio Barolo Arborina 2005 Front Label
          Mauro Veglio Barolo Arborina 2005
          Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Tenimenti Luigi d'Alessandro Syrah Cortona Il Bosco 2005 Front Label
          Tenimenti Luigi d'Alessandro Syrah Cortona Il Bosco 2005
          Syrah/Shiraz from Tuscany, Italy
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        • Petrolo Galatrona 2005 Front Label
          Petrolo Galatrona 2005
          Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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        • Renato Ratti Conca Barolo 2005 Front Label
          Renato Ratti Conca Barolo 2005
          Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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