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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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  • Dal Forno Romano Recioto della Valpolicella  (375ML half-bottle) 1997  Front Label
    Dal Forno Romano Recioto della Valpolicella (375ML half-bottle) 1997
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  • Silvio Grasso Barolo Bricco Luciani 1997 Front Label
    Silvio Grasso Barolo Bricco Luciani 1997
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  • Argiolas Turriga 1997
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  • Giovanni Corino Barolo Vigna Giachini 1997 Front Label
    Giovanni Corino Barolo Vigna Giachini 1997
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Cannubi 1997 Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Cannubi 1997
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  • Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato 1997  Front Label
    Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato 1997
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Antinori Tignanello 1997 Front Label
    Antinori Tignanello 1997
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  • Allegrini La Poja 1997
    Corvina from Veneto, Italy
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  • Le Potazzine Gorelli Brunello di Montalcino 1997 Front Label
    Le Potazzine Gorelli Brunello di Montalcino 1997
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Allegrini Amarone 1997 Front Label
    Allegrini Amarone 1997
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  • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1997 Front Label
    Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1997
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • WE92
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  • Ceretto Brunate Barolo 1997
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Roberto Voerzio Barolo La Serra 1997
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric 1997 Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric 1997
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Gaja Sperss 1997  Front Label
    Gaja Sperss 1997
    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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  • Gaja Conteisa 1997  Front Label
    Gaja Conteisa 1997
    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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  • Salvioni Brunello di Montalcino 1997
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Giacomo Conterno Monfortino Barolo Riserva 1997
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • WS96
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  • Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Cannubi 1997
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Riecine La Gioia Vino da Tavola 1997 Front Label
    Riecine La Gioia Vino da Tavola 1997
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  • Gaja Sori San Lorenzo 1997 Front Label
    Gaja Sori San Lorenzo 1997
    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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  • Aldo Conterno Barolo Granbussia Riserva 1997 Front Label
    Aldo Conterno Barolo Granbussia Riserva 1997
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Gaja Sori Tildin 1997
    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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  • Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto 1997
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 1997 Front Label
    Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 1997
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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