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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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  • 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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  • Belguardo Serrata Maremma 2005 Front Label
    Belguardo Serrata Maremma 2005
    Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Capezzana Barco Reale 2005 Front Label
    Capezzana Barco Reale 2005
    Tuscan 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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      • 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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        • WE88
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      • Teruzzi & Puthod Rondolino Vernaccia di San Gimignan 2005 Front Label
        Teruzzi & Puthod Rondolino Vernaccia di San Gimignan 2005
        Vernaccia from Tuscany, 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
          • RP90
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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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        • 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 Gattera 2005 Front Label
            Mauro Veglio Barolo Gattera 2005
            Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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            • WS91
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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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          • 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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            • WE95
            • W&S91
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          • Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2005 Front Label
            Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2005
            Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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            • WE92
            • WS92
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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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            • Paolo Bea Piparello Riserva 2005 Front Bottle Shot
              Paolo Bea Piparello Riserva 2005
              Other Red Blends from Italy
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            • Vietti Barolo Brunate 2005 Front Label
              Vietti Barolo Brunate 2005
              Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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              • RP94
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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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            • Di Majo Norante Ramitello Rosso 2005 Front Label
              Di Majo Norante Ramitello Rosso 2005
              Other Red Blends from Italy
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              • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2005 Front Label
                Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2005
                Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
                • RP93
                • WE91
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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'Asti Tre Vigne 2005 Front Label
                Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2005
                Barbera from Asti, 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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                • W&S93
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              • Vietti Barolo Rocche 2005 Front Label
                Vietti Barolo Rocche 2005
                Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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              • Vietti Masseria Barbaresco 2005 Front Label
                Vietti Masseria Barbaresco 2005
                Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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                • W&S92
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