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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 Le Serre Nuove (3 Liter Bottle) 2008 Front Label
    Ornellaia Le Serre Nuove (3 Liter Bottle) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta Luce  2008  Front Label
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    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Fontanafredda La Rosa Barolo 2008 Front Label
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    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Other Red Blends from Piedmont, Italy
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  • Pio Cesare Barolo 2008 Front Label
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    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
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    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2008 Front Label
    Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2008
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    Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Antinori Tignanello 2008 Front Label
    Antinori Tignanello 2008
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia (375ML half-bottle) 2008 Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia (375ML half-bottle) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    Domenico Clerico Barolo Pajana 2008
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2008 Front Label
    Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2008
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis 2008 Front Label
    Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis 2008
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso 2008 Front Label
    Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso 2008
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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      Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino 2008
      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Paolo Scavino Barolo (scuffed labels) 2008 Front Label
      Paolo Scavino Barolo (scuffed labels) 2008
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 2008 Front Label
      Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 2008
      Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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      La Poderina Brunello di Montalcino Poggio Abate Riserva 2008
      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna Sorbo (1.5 Liter) 2008 Front Label
      Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna Sorbo (1.5 Liter) 2008
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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      Col d'Orcia Poggio al Vento Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2008
      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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