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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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  • Ornellaia Masseto 2006  Front Label
    Ornellaia Masseto 2006
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Bibi Graetz Testamatta 2006 Front Label
    Bibi Graetz Testamatta 2006
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2006 Front Label
    Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2006
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova (scuffed label) 2006 Front Label
    Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova (scuffed label) 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ornellaia  2006 Front Label
    Ornellaia 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta Guado al Tasso  2006 Front Label
    Tenuta Guado al Tasso 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Masi Costasera Amarone Classico 2006 Front Label
    Masi Costasera Amarone Classico 2006
    Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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  • Montevertine Le Pergole Torte 2006 Front Label
    Montevertine Le Pergole Torte 2006
    Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Isole e Olena Cepparello 2006 Front Label
    Isole e Olena Cepparello 2006
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Capanna Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006 Front Label
    Capanna Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • La Spinetta Barbaresco Starderi 2006 Front Label
    La Spinetta Barbaresco Starderi 2006
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric 2006 Front Label
      Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric 2006
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Capanna Brunello di Montalcino 2006 Front Label
      Capanna Brunello di Montalcino 2006
      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Avignonesi Grandi Annate Riserva Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2006 Front Label
      Avignonesi Grandi Annate Riserva Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2006
      Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra 2006 Front Label
      Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra 2006
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi Riserva 2006 Front Label
      Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi Riserva 2006
      Aglianico from Campania, Italy
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    • Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Altero 2006 Front Label
      Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Altero 2006
      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Campogiovanni Brunello di Montalcino 2006 Front Label
      Campogiovanni Brunello di Montalcino 2006
      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Antinori Pian Delle Vigne Brunello Di Montalcino 2006 Front Label
      Antinori Pian Delle Vigne Brunello Di Montalcino 2006
      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • La Spinetta Barbaresco Valeirano 2006 Front Label
      La Spinetta Barbaresco Valeirano 2006
      Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Brovia Barolo 2006 Front Label
      Brovia Barolo 2006
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      • Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2006 Front Label
        Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2006
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Antinori Solaia (bin soiled label) 2006 Front Label
        Antinori Solaia (bin soiled label) 2006
        Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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      • La Serena Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Gemini 2006 Front Label
        La Serena Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Gemini 2006
        Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2006 Front Label
        Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2006
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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