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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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  • Dal Forno Romano Monte Lodoletta Amarone della Valpolicella 2008 Front Label
    Dal Forno Romano Monte Lodoletta Amarone della Valpolicella 2008
    Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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  • Antinori Solaia 2008 Front Label
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  • Pio Cesare Barolo 2008 Front Label
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    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Tenuta Guado al Tasso  2008 Front Label
    Tenuta Guado al Tasso 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Antinori Tignanello 2008 Front Label
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  • La Poderina Brunello di Montalcino Poggio Abate Riserva 2008 Front Label
    La Poderina Brunello di Montalcino Poggio Abate Riserva 2008
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Col d'Orcia Poggio al Vento Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2008 Front Label
    Col d'Orcia Poggio al Vento Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2008
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  • Gaja Rennina Brunello di Montalcino (1.5L Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Gaja Rennina Brunello di Montalcino (1.5L Magnum) 2008
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino 2008 Front Label
    Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino 2008
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  • Jermann Vintage Tunina 2008 Front Label
    Jermann Vintage Tunina 2008
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  • Antinori Tignanello (375ML half-bottle) 2008 Front Label
    Antinori Tignanello (375ML half-bottle) 2008
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Le Macchiole  2008 Front Label
    Le Macchiole 2008
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  • Tommasi Amarone 2008 Front Label
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  • Petrolo Galatrona 2008 Front Label
    Petrolo Galatrona 2008
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Cannubi 2008 Front Label
    Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Cannubi 2008
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto 2008 Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto 2008
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  • Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino (3 Liter Bottle) 2008  Front Label
    Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino (3 Liter Bottle) 2008
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 2008 Front Label
    Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 2008
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Zenato Amarone 2008 Front Label
    Zenato Amarone 2008
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  • Cesari Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2008 Front Label
    Cesari Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2008
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  • Castello di Ama L'Apparita 2008 Front Label
    Castello di Ama L'Apparita 2008
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Gaja Rennina Brunello di Montalcino 2008 Front Label
    Gaja Rennina Brunello di Montalcino 2008
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Gaja Sperss (375ML half-bottle) 2008 Front Label
    Gaja Sperss (375ML half-bottle) 2008
    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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    Gaja Sperss 2008
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    Gaja Sperss (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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