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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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  • Querciabella Chianti Classico 2005 Front Label
    Querciabella Chianti Classico 2005
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Di Majo Norante Norante Contado Molise Aglianico 2005 Front Label
    Di Majo Norante Norante Contado Molise Aglianico 2005
    Aglianico from Italy
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  • Di Majo Norante Sangiovese 2005 Front Label
    Di Majo Norante Sangiovese 2005
    Sangiovese from Italy
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  • Mauro Veglio Barolo Gattera 2005 Front Label
    Mauro Veglio Barolo Gattera 2005
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Vietti Barbera d'Alba Tre Vigne 2005 Front Label
    Vietti Barbera d'Alba Tre Vigne 2005
    Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli 2005 Front Label
    Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli 2005
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Paolo Bea Piparello Riserva 2005 Front Bottle Shot
    Paolo Bea Piparello Riserva 2005
    Other Red Blends from Italy
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  • Mauro Veglio Barolo Arborina 2005 Front Label
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    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2005 Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2005
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Vietti Barolo Brunate 2005
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2005 Front Label
    Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2005
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo delle Langhe 2005 Front Label
    Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo delle Langhe 2005
    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2005 Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2005
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • W&S93
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  • Vietti Barolo Rocche 2005 Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Rocche 2005
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Vietti Masseria Barbaresco 2005 Front Label
    Vietti Masseria Barbaresco 2005
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    • W&S92
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