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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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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2009 Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Gaja Barbaresco 2009 Front Label
    Gaja Barbaresco 2009
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Beni di Batasiolo Barolo Cerequio 2009  Front Label
    Beni di Batasiolo Barolo Cerequio 2009
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra 2009 Front Label
    Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra 2009
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Domenico Clerico Barolo Pajana 2009 Front Label
    Domenico Clerico Barolo Pajana 2009
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2009 Front Label
    Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2009
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Montevertine Le Pergole Torte 2009 Front Label
    Montevertine Le Pergole Torte 2009
    Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 2009 Front Label
    Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 2009
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato 2009 Front Label
    Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato 2009
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 2009 Front Label
    Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 2009
    Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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  • Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2009 Front Label
    Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2009
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Zenato Amarone 2009 Front Label
    Zenato Amarone 2009
    Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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  • Dal Forno Romano Monte Lodoletta Amarone della Valpolicella 2009 Front Label
    Dal Forno Romano Monte Lodoletta Amarone della Valpolicella 2009
    Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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  • Massolino Vigna Parafada Barolo 2009 Front Label
    Massolino Vigna Parafada Barolo 2009
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 2009 Front Label
    Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 2009
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ornellaia  2009 Front Label
    Ornellaia 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra 2009 Front Label
    Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra 2009
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Tommasi Amarone 2009 Front Label
    Tommasi Amarone 2009
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto 2009 Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto 2009
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Rocche di Castiglione 2009 Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Rocche di Castiglione 2009
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Pira & Figli (Chiara Boschis) Barolo Cannubi 2009 Front Label
    Pira & Figli (Chiara Boschis) Barolo Cannubi 2009
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Allegrini Amarone 2009 Front Label
    Allegrini Amarone 2009
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  • Antinori Tignanello (3 Liter Bottle) 2009 Front Label
    Antinori Tignanello (3 Liter Bottle) 2009
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Castellare Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale (375ML) 2009 Front Label
    Castellare Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale (375ML) 2009
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Riserva Villero 2009  Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Riserva Villero 2009
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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