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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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  • Banfi Estate Bottled Flask Chianti (half-bottle) 1998 Front Label
    Banfi 1997 Estate Bottled Flask Chianti (half-bottle) 1998
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    • San Leonino Chianti Classico (half-bottle) 1998
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      • Ruffino Chianti (375ML half-bottle) 1998
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        • Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico (375ML Half-bottle) 1998 Front Label
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          • Ceretto Santo Stefano Moscato d'Asti (375ML half-bottle) 1998 Front Label
            Ceretto Santo Stefano Moscato d'Asti (375ML half-bottle) 1998
            Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Banfi Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 1998
              Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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            • Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio (375ML half-bottle) 1998
              Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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              • Fattorie Melini Chianti Classico Isassi (half-bottle) 1998
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                • Mazzei Fonterutoli Chianti Classico (half-bottle) 1998
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                  • Coppo Camp du Rouss Barbera d'Asti (half-bottle) 1998
                    Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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                    • Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (half-bottle) 1998
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                      • Terrabianca Chianti Classico Reserva Croce (half-bottle) 1998 Front Label
                        Terrabianca Chianti Classico Reserva Croce (half-bottle) 1998
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                        • Maculan Torcolato (375ML Half-bottle) 1998 Front Label
                          Maculan Torcolato (375ML Half-bottle) 1998
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