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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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  • Antinori Solaia 1997 Front Label
    Antinori Solaia 1997
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Gaja Sori San Lorenzo 1997 Front Label
    Gaja Sori San Lorenzo 1997
    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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  • Gaja Conteisa 1997  Front Label
    Gaja Conteisa 1997
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  • Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 1997 Front Label
    Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 1997
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Talenti Brunello di Montalcino Pian Di Conte Riserva 1997 Front Label
    Talenti Brunello di Montalcino Pian Di Conte Riserva 1997
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Banfi Summus 1997
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Silvio Grasso Barolo Bricco Luciani 1997 Front Label
    Silvio Grasso Barolo Bricco Luciani 1997
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • E. Pira e Figli Barolo Cannubi 1997 Front Label
    E. Pira e Figli Barolo Cannubi 1997
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Argiolas Turriga 1997
    Other Red Blends from Sardinia, Italy
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  • Parusso Barolo Piccolo Vigne 1997 Front Label
    Parusso Barolo Piccolo Vigne 1997
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Cannubi 1997 Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Cannubi 1997
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Tenimenti Luigi d'Alessandro Syrah Il Bosco 1997 Front Label
    Tenimenti Luigi d'Alessandro Syrah Il Bosco 1997
    Syrah/Shiraz from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Felsina Fontalloro 1997 Front Label
    Felsina Fontalloro 1997
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 1997
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino 1997
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Val di Suga Vigna Spuntali Brunello di Montalcino 1997 Front Label
    Val di Suga Vigna Spuntali Brunello di Montalcino 1997
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Banfi Excelsus 1997 Front Label
    Banfi Excelsus 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, 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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    • WS93
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    Banfi Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino 1997
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ceretto Brunate Barolo 1997
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 1997 Front Label
    Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 1997
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Allegrini Amarone 1997 Front Label
    Allegrini Amarone 1997
    Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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  • Riecine Chianti Classico Riserva 1997 Front Label
    Riecine Chianti Classico Riserva 1997
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Rocche 1997
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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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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