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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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  • Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo 2006 Front Label
    Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo 2006
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli 2006 Front Label
    Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Brunate 2006 Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Brunate 2006
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2006 Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2006
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2006 Front Label
    Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Rocche di Castiglione 2006 Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Rocche di Castiglione 2006
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Terlan Muller Thurgau 2006 Front Label
    Terlan Muller Thurgau 2006
    Muller Thurgau from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • Mauro Veglio Barolo Castelletto 2006 Front Label
    Mauro Veglio Barolo Castelletto 2006
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Vietti Barbera d'Alba Scarrone 2006 Front Label
    Vietti Barbera d'Alba Scarrone 2006
    Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006 Front Label
    Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2006 Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2006
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Querciabella Chianti Classico 2006 Front Label
    Querciabella Chianti Classico 2006
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ferrari Giulio Ferrari Riserva del Fondatore 2006 Front Label
    Ferrari Giulio Ferrari Riserva del Fondatore 2006
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Trentino, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • Di Majo Norante Sangiovese 2006 Front Label
    Di Majo Norante Sangiovese 2006
    Sangiovese from Italy
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  • Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006 Front Label
    Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Vietti Barbera d'Alba Tre Vigne 2006 Front Label
    Vietti Barbera d'Alba Tre Vigne 2006
    Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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    • W&S90
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