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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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  • 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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  • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2006 Front Label
    Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, 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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  • 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 Barolo Lazzarito 2006 Front Label
      Vietti Barolo Lazzarito 2006
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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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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    • Terlan Muller Thurgau 2006 Front Label
      Terlan Muller Thurgau 2006
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    • Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2006 Front Label
      Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2006
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, 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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    • Monte Antico Rosso 2006 Front Label
      Monte Antico Rosso 2006
      Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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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 Roero Arneis 2006 Front Label
      Vietti Roero Arneis 2006
      Arneis from Roero, Piedmont, 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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        • 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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        • Belguardo Serrata Maremma 2006 Front Label
          Belguardo Serrata Maremma 2006
          Other Red Blends 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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            • 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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            • Vietti Barbera d'Alba Scarrone 2006 Front Label
              Vietti Barbera d'Alba Scarrone 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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            • Castellare Chianti Classico 2006 Front Label
              Castellare Chianti Classico 2006
              Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, 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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            • Vietti Barolo Brunate 2006 Front Label
              Vietti Barolo Brunate 2006
              Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, 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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            • Tenuta delle Terre Nere Feudo di Mezzo 2006 Front Label
              Tenuta delle Terre Nere Feudo di Mezzo 2006
              Other Red Blends from Italy
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