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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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  • Terlano Muller Thurgau 2006 Front Label
    Terlan Muller Thurgau 2006
    Muller Thurgau from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • Castellare Chianti Classico 2006 Front Label
    Castellare Chianti Classico 2006
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli 2006 Front Label
    Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Monte Antico Rosso 2006 Front Label
    Monte Antico Rosso 2006
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006 Front Label
    Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Mont' Albano Pinot Grigio 2006 Front Label
    Mont' Albano Pinot Grigio 2006
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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    • Teruzzi & Puthod Rondolino Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2006 Front Label
      Teruzzi & Puthod Rondolino Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2006
      Vernaccia from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Riserva 2006 Front Label
        Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Riserva 2006
        Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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        • Belguardo Serrata Maremma 2006 Front Label
          Belguardo Serrata Maremma 2006
          Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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          • Vietti Barbera d'Alba Scarrone 2006 Front Label
            Vietti Barbera d'Alba Scarrone 2006
            Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Il Poggione Vin Santo (500ML) 2006 Front Label
            Il Poggione Vin Santo (500ML) 2006
            Other Dessert from Tuscany, Italy
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          • Jermann Capo Martino (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
            Jermann Capo Martino (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
            Other White Blends from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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            • W&S91
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          • Corte Pavone Brunello di Montalcino 2006  Front Label
            Corte Pavone Brunello di Montalcino 2006
            Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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            • WE93
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          • Badia a Coltibuono Vin Santo Occhio di Pernice (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
            Badia a Coltibuono Vin Santo Occhio di Pernice (375ML half-bottle) 2006
            Other Dessert from Tuscany, Italy
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          • Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2006 Front Label
            Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2006
            Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Vietti Barbera d'Alba Tre Vigne 2006 Front Label
              Vietti Barbera d'Alba Tre Vigne 2006
              Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Mauro Veglio Barolo Castelletto 2006 Front Label
              Mauro Veglio Barolo Castelletto 2006
              Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo 2006 Front Label
              Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo 2006
              Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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            • Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2006 Front Label
              Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2006
              Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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            • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2006 Front Label
              Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2006
              Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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            • Ferrari Giulio Ferrari Riserva del Fondatore 2006 Front Label
              Ferrari Giulio Ferrari Riserva del Fondatore 2006
              Vintage Sparkling Wine from Trentino, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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            • Querciabella Chianti Classico 2006 Front Label
              Querciabella Chianti Classico 2006
              Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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            • Vietti Barolo Brunate 2006 Front Label
              Vietti Barolo Brunate 2006
              Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2006 Front Label
              Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2006
              Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Vietti Roero Arneis 2006 Front Label
              Vietti Roero Arneis 2006
              Arneis from Roero, Piedmont, Italy
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