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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 wines. 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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  • Vietti Barolo Riserva Villero 2004 Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Riserva Villero 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2004 Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2004 Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Di Majo Norante Sangiovese 2004 Front Label
    Di Majo Norante Sangiovese 2004
    Sangiovese from Italy
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  • Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo 2004 Front Label
    Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo 2004
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Mauro Veglio Barolo Arborina 2004 Front Label
    Mauro Veglio Barolo Arborina 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Badia a Coltibuono Vin Santo Occhio di Pernice (375ML half-bottle) 2004 Front Label
    Badia a Coltibuono Vin Santo Occhio di Pernice (375ML half-bottle) 2004
    Other Dessert from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Di Majo Norante Norante Contado Molise Aglianico 2004 Front Label
    Di Majo Norante Norante Contado Molise Aglianico 2004
    Aglianico from Italy
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  • Capezzana Barco Reale 2004 Front Label
    Capezzana Barco Reale 2004
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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