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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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  • Azelia Barolo San Rocco 2004 Front Label
    Azelia Barolo San Rocco 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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  • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli 2004 Front Label
    Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Il Poggione Vin Santo (500ML) 2004 Front Label
    Il Poggione Vin Santo (500ML) 2004
    Other Dessert from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico RS 2004 Front Label
      Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico RS 2004
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Castellare Chianti Classico 2004 Front Label
        Castellare Chianti Classico 2004
        Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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        • Di Majo Norante Sangiovese 2004 Front Label
          Di Majo Norante Sangiovese 2004
          Sangiovese from Italy
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        • Teruzzi & Puthod Rondolino Vernaccia di San Gimignan 2004 Front Label
          Teruzzi & Puthod Rondolino Vernaccia di San Gimignan 2004
          Vernaccia from Tuscany, Italy
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          • Querciabella Chianti Classico 2004 Front Label
            Querciabella Chianti Classico 2004
            Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Castellare Chianti Classico Riserva 2004 Front Label
            Castellare Chianti Classico Riserva 2004
            Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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            • Di Majo Norante Ramitello Rosso 2004 Front Label
              Di Majo Norante Ramitello Rosso 2004
              Other Red Blends from Italy
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              • Capezzana Barco Reale 2004 Front Label
                Capezzana Barco Reale 2004
                Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
                • RP90
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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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              • Azelia Barolo Bricco Fiasco 2004 Front Label
                Azelia Barolo Bricco Fiasco 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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                  • RP92
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                • Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004 Front Label
                  Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004
                  Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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                • Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2004 Front Label
                  Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2004
                  Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
                  • RP93
                  • WS91
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                • Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Riserva 2004 Front Label
                  Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Riserva 2004
                  Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                • Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2004 Front Label
                  Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2004
                  Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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                  • Monte Antico Rosso 2004 Front Label
                    Monte Antico Rosso 2004
                    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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                    • Vietti Barolo Rocche di Castiglione 2004 Front Label
                      Vietti Barolo Rocche di Castiglione 2004
                      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, 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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                    • Vietti Barolo Riserva Villero 2004 Front Label
                      Vietti Barolo Riserva Villero 2004
                      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, 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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                    • Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva 2004 Front Label
                      Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva 2004
                      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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