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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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    Fattoria La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Giovanni Corino Barolo Vigna Giachini 2006 Front Label
    Giovanni Corino Barolo Vigna Giachini 2006
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    Paolo Scavino Barolo Bricco Ambrogio 2006
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Renato Ratti Rocche dell'Annunziata Barolo 2006
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Mauro Veglio Barolo Castelletto 2006
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Cordero di Montezemolo Barolo Enrico VI 2006
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Cordero di Montezemolo Barolo Cru Gattera 2006
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  • Vietti Barolo Brunate 2006 Front Label
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    Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Damilano Barolo Cannubi 2006
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Le Macchiole Scrio 2006
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    La Spinetta Barbaresco Valeirano 2006
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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