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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 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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  • Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
    Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Other Red Blends from Sicily, Italy
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  • Valdicava Madonna del Piano Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (1.5L) 2006 Front Label
    Valdicava Madonna del Piano Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (1.5L) 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Jermann Capo Martino (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
    Jermann Capo Martino (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
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  • Jermann Vintage Tunina (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
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  • Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-sale - 3L Dbl Magnum) 2006 Front Label
    Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino (Pre-sale - 3L Dbl Magnum) 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Petrolo Galatrona (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
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    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Brovia Barolo Villero (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
    Brovia Barolo Villero (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
    Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
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  • Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
    Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso (1.5 Liter) 2006 Front Label
    Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso (1.5 Liter) 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc (3 Liter) 2006 Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc (3 Liter) 2006
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra (1.5 Liter magnum) 2006 Front Label
    Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra (1.5 Liter magnum) 2006
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Ornellaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
    Ornellaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Col d'Orcia Poggio al Vento Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (1.5 Liter) 2006 Front Label
    Col d'Orcia Poggio al Vento Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (1.5 Liter) 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ornellaia Masseto (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
    Ornellaia Masseto (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • La Massa Giorgio Primo (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
    La Massa Giorgio Primo (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
    Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Barone Ricasoli Castello di Brolio Chianti Classico (1.5L Magnum) 2006 Front Label
    Barone Ricasoli Castello di Brolio Chianti Classico (1.5L Magnum) 2006
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Antinori Tignanello (3 Liter Bottle) 2006 Front Label
    Antinori Tignanello (3 Liter Bottle) 2006
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Felsina Fontalloro (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
    Felsina Fontalloro (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ornellaia (3 Liter Bottle) 2006 Front Label
    Ornellaia (3 Liter Bottle) 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Dievole Broccatto (3 Liter Bottle) 2006 Front Label
    Dievole Broccatto (3 Liter Bottle) 2006
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    • Valdicava Madonna del Piano Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (3 Liter) 2006 Front Label
      Valdicava Madonna del Piano Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (3 Liter) 2006
      Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Cannubi (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
      Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Cannubi (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      • WS91
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