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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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    Kofererhof Riesling 2008
    Riesling from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • Damilano 1752 Barolo Cannubi Riserva 2008 Front Label
    Damilano 1752 Barolo Cannubi Riserva 2008
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Elio Altare Barolo Cerretta 2008 Front Label
    Elio Altare Barolo Cerretta 2008
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  • La Spinetta Barbera d'Asti Ca Di Pian 2008 Front Label
    La Spinetta Barbera d'Asti Ca Di Pian 2008
    Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore 2008 Front Label
    Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore 2008
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tommasi Maremma Toscana Poggio al Tufo Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Tommasi Maremma Toscana Poggio al Tufo Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Damilano Barolo Cannubi 2008 Front Label
    Damilano Barolo Cannubi 2008
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Pieropan Soave Classico Calvarino 2008 Front Label
    Pieropan Soave Classico Calvarino 2008
    Garganega from Soave, Veneto, Italy
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  • Cordero di Montezemolo Barolo Monfalletto 2008 Front Label
    Cordero di Montezemolo Barolo Monfalletto 2008
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Panevino Isola dei Nuraghi Rosso Tankadeddu 2008 Front Label
    Panevino Isola dei Nuraghi Rosso Tankadeddu 2008
    Mourvedre from Sardinia, Italy
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    • Pio Cesare Fides Barbera d'Alba 2008 Front Label
      Pio Cesare Fides Barbera d'Alba 2008
      Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Elio Altare Barolo Arborina 2008 Front Label
        Elio Altare Barolo Arborina 2008
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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        Fratelli Brovia Barolo Villero 2008
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Paolo Scavino Barolo Bricco Ambrogio 2008 Front Label
        Paolo Scavino Barolo Bricco Ambrogio 2008
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Kofererhof Valle Isarco Kerner 2008 Front Label
        Kofererhof Valle Isarco Kerner 2008
        Other White Blends from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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      • Azelia Barolo San Rocco 2008 Front Label
        Azelia Barolo San Rocco 2008
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        • Castello di Bossi Corbaia 2008 Front Label
          Castello di Bossi Corbaia 2008
          Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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        • Luigi Einaudi Barolo Cannubi 2008 Front Label
          Luigi Einaudi Barolo Cannubi 2008
          Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Fontodi Syrah Case Via 2008 Front Label
          Fontodi Syrah Case Via 2008
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          • Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato 2008 Front Label
            Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato 2008
            Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra 2008 Front Label
            Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra 2008
            Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino (3 Liter Bottle) 2008  Front Label
            Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino (3 Liter Bottle) 2008
            Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Vietti Barolo Rocche 2008 Front Label
            Vietti Barolo Rocche 2008
            Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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