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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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  • Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo 2008 Front Label
    Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo 2008
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Alois Lageder Benefizium Porer Pinot Grigio 2008 Front Label
    Alois Lageder Benefizium Porer Pinot Grigio 2008
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico 2008 Front Label
    Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico 2008
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Vietti Roero Arneis 2008 Front Label
    Vietti Roero Arneis 2008
    Arneis from Roero, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Monte Antico Rosso 2008 Front Label
      Monte Antico Rosso 2008
      Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Tiamo Pinot Grigio 2008 Front Label
      Tiamo Pinot Grigio 2008
      Pinot Gris/Grigio from Veneto, Italy
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      • Il Poggione Rosso di Montalcino 2008 Front Label
        Il Poggione Rosso di Montalcino 2008
        Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Vietti Barbera d'Alba Tre Vigne 2008 Front Label
        Vietti Barbera d'Alba Tre Vigne 2008
        Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Monte Antico Rosso (3 Liter Bottle) 2008 Front Label
        Monte Antico Rosso (3 Liter Bottle) 2008
        Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Prelius Maremma Vermentino 2008 Front Label
        Prelius Maremma Vermentino 2008
        Vermentino from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2008 Front Label
        Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2008
        Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Kofererhof Riesling 2008 Front Label
        Kofererhof Riesling 2008
        Riesling from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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      • Ferrari Perle Nero 2008 Front Label
        Ferrari Perle Nero 2008
        Vintage Sparkling Wine from Trentino, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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      • Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna Sorbo (1.5 Liter) 2008 Front Label
        Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna Sorbo (1.5 Liter) 2008
        Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Di Majo Norante Sangiovese 2008 Front Label
        Di Majo Norante Sangiovese 2008
        Sangiovese from Italy
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      • Ferrari Perle 2008 Front Label
        Ferrari Perle 2008
        Vintage Sparkling Wine from Veneto, Italy
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      • Tiamo Sangiovese 2008 Front Label
        Tiamo Sangiovese 2008
        Sangiovese from Italy
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        • Planeta Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2008 Front Label
          Planeta Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2008
          Other Red Blends from Sicily, Italy
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        • Teruzzi Rondolino Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2008 Front Label
          Teruzzi Rondolino Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2008
          Vernaccia from Tuscany, Italy
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          • Prelius Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
            Prelius Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Tuscany, Italy
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          • Belguardo Serrata Maremma 2008 Front Label
            Belguardo Serrata Maremma 2008
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            • Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo delle Langhe 2008 Front Label
              Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo delle Langhe 2008
              Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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              • Di Majo Norante Norante Contado Aglianico 2008 Front Label
                Di Majo Norante Norante Contado Aglianico 2008
                Aglianico from Molise, Italy
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              • Panevino Isola dei Nuraghi Rosso Tankadeddu 2008 Front Label
                Panevino Isola dei Nuraghi Rosso Tankadeddu 2008
                Mourvedre from Sardinia, Italy
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                • Azelia Barolo 2008 Front Label
                  Azelia Barolo 2008
                  Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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