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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 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 Barbera d'Asti La Crena 2003 Front Label
    Vietti Barbera d'Asti La Crena 2003
    Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Il Poggione Vin Santo (500ML) 2003 Front Label
    Il Poggione Vin Santo (500ML) 2003
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    • Vietti  Moscato d'Asti 2003 Front Label
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      • Castellare Chianti Classico 2003 Front Label
        Castellare Chianti Classico 2003
        Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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        • Vietti Barbera d'Alba Tre Vigne 2003 Front Label
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          Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Riserva 2003 Front Label
            Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Riserva 2003
            Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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            • Di Majo Norante Ramitello Rosso 2003 Front Label
              Di Majo Norante Ramitello Rosso 2003
              Other Red Blends from Italy
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            • Castellare Chianti Classico Riserva 2003 Front Label
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              Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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              • Vietti Roero Arneis 2003 Front Label
                Vietti Roero Arneis 2003
                Arneis from Roero, Piedmont, Italy
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                • Querciabella Chianti Classico 2003 Front Label
                  Querciabella Chianti Classico 2003
                  Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                  • Vietti Dolcetto Tre Vigne 2003 Front Label
                    Vietti Dolcetto Tre Vigne 2003
                    Dolcetto from Piedmont, Italy
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                    • Tenuta di Ghizzano Veneroso 2003 Front Label
                      Tenuta di Ghizzano Veneroso 2003
                      Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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                      • Vietti Barolo Ravera 2003 Front Label
                        Vietti Barolo Ravera 2003
                        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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                        • Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2003 Front Label
                          Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2003
                          Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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                          • Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2003 Front Label
                            Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2003
                            Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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