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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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  • Domenico Clerico Barolo Percristina 1996 Front Label
    Domenico Clerico Barolo Percristina 1996
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Argiano Solengo 1996 Front Label
    Argiano Solengo 1996
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Prunotto Barolo Bussia (1.5 Liter Magum) 1996  Front Label
    Prunotto Barolo Bussia (1.5 Liter Magum) 1996
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Fratelli Seghesio Barolo La Villa 1996 Front Label
    Fratelli Seghesio Barolo La Villa 1996
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Marcarini Barolo La Serra 1996 Front Label
    Marcarini Barolo La Serra 1996
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Parusso Barolo Mariondino 1996 Front Label
    Parusso Barolo Mariondino 1996
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Allegrini Amarone (3 Liter Bottle) 1996
    Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 1996 Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 1996
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba Riserva (red label) 1996 Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba Riserva (red label) 1996
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric 1996 Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric 1996
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Ceretto Prapo Barolo 1996 Front Label
    Ceretto Prapo Barolo 1996
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Ceretto Brunate Barolo 1996 Front Label
    Ceretto Brunate Barolo 1996
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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