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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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  • Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2005 Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2005
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo delle Langhe 2005 Front Label
    Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo delle Langhe 2005
    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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  • Vietti Barbera d'Alba Tre Vigne 2005 Front Label
    Vietti Barbera d'Alba Tre Vigne 2005
    Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Teruzzi Rondolino Vernaccia di San Gimignan 2005 Front Label
    Teruzzi Rondolino Vernaccia di San Gimignan 2005
    Vernaccia from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Riserva 2005 Front Label
      Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Riserva 2005
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Vietti Barolo Rocche di Castiglione 2005 Front Label
      Vietti Barolo Rocche di Castiglione 2005
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Avignonesi Desiderio 2005 Front Label
      Avignonesi Desiderio 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Vietti Barolo Brunate 2005 Front Label
      Vietti Barolo Brunate 2005
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2005 Front Label
      Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2005
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Belguardo Serrata Maremma 2005 Front Label
      Belguardo Serrata Maremma 2005
      Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Mont' Albano Pinot Grigio 2005 Front Label
      Mont' Albano Pinot Grigio 2005
      Pinot Gris/Grigio from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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      • Querciabella Chianti Classico 2005 Front Label
        Querciabella Chianti Classico 2005
        Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Di Majo Norante Sangiovese 2005 Front Label
        Di Majo Norante Sangiovese 2005
        Sangiovese from Italy
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      • Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2005 Front Label
        Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2005
        Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Di Majo Norante Norante Contado Molise Aglianico 2005 Front Label
        Di Majo Norante Norante Contado Molise Aglianico 2005
        Aglianico from Italy
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      • Mauro Veglio Barolo Gattera 2005 Front Label
        Mauro Veglio Barolo Gattera 2005
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Il Poggione Vin Santo (500ML) 2005 Front Label
        Il Poggione Vin Santo (500ML) 2005
        Other Dessert from Tuscany, Italy
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        • Mauro Veglio Barolo Arborina 2005 Front Label
          Mauro Veglio Barolo Arborina 2005
          Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli 2005 Front Label
          Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli 2005
          Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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          • W&S91
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        • Paolo Bea Piparello Riserva 2005 Front Bottle Shot
          Paolo Bea Piparello Riserva 2005
          Other Red Blends from Italy
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        • Capezzana Barco Reale 2005 Front Label
          Capezzana Barco Reale 2005
          Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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          • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2005 Front Label
            Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2005
            Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Castellare Chianti Classico 2005 Front Label
            Castellare Chianti Classico 2005
            Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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            • Vietti Masseria Barbaresco 2005 Front Label
              Vietti Masseria Barbaresco 2005
              Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Vietti Barbera d'Alba Scarrone 2005 Front Label
              Vietti Barbera d'Alba Scarrone 2005
              Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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