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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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  • Di Majo Norante Sangiovese 2004 Front Label
    Di Majo Norante Sangiovese 2004
    Sangiovese from 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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    • Vietti Moscato d'Asti 2004
      Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, 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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      • Capezzana Barco Reale 2004 Front Label
        Capezzana Barco Reale 2004
        Tuscan Blends from 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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        • Monte Antico Rosso 2004 Front Label
          Monte Antico Rosso 2004
          Tuscan Blends from 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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          • 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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            • Di Majo Norante Ramitello Rosso 2004 Front Label
              Di Majo Norante Ramitello Rosso 2004
              Other Red Blends from 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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                • 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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                • Vietti Barbera d'Alba Tre Vigne 2004 Front Label
                  Vietti Barbera d'Alba Tre Vigne 2004
                  Barbera from Alba, 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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                    • Mauro Veglio Barolo Arborina 2004 Front Label
                      Mauro Veglio Barolo Arborina 2004
                      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
                      • RP93
                      • WS90
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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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                      • Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004 Front Label
                        Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004
                        Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
                        • WE92
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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
                        • WS92
                        • WE90
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                      • Azelia Barolo San Rocco 2004 Front Label
                        Azelia Barolo San Rocco 2004
                        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
                        • WS95
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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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                        • Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2004 Front Label
                          Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2004
                          Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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                        • Vietti Barolo Riserva Villero 2004 Front Label
                          Vietti Barolo Riserva Villero 2004
                          Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
                          • RP97
                          • WS96
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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
                          • RP96
                          • WE93
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