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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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  • Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo delle Langhe 1998 Front Label
    Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo delle Langhe 1998
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    • Capezzana Barco Reale 1998 Front Label
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        • Vietti Barbera d'Alba Scarrone 1998
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          • Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 1998
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              • Castellare I Sodi di San Niccolo 1998 Front Label
                Castellare I Sodi di San Niccolo 1998
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              • Vietti Masseria Barbaresco 1998
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                • Vietti Barolo Rocche 1998 Front Label
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                    • Vietti Barbera d'Asti La Crena 1998
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                      • Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 1998
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