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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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    Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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    • Marco Felluga Pinot Grigio (half-bottle) 2000
      Pinot Gris/Grigio from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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    • Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (half-bottle) 2000 Front Label
      Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (half-bottle) 2000
      Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Ruffino Chianti (375ML half-bottle) 2000
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        • Michele Chiarlo Nivole Moscato d'Asti (375ML half-bottle) 2000
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          • Ruffino Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva (375ML half-bottle) 2000
            Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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            • Banfi Rosa Regale Brachetto (375ML half-bottle) 2000
              Red Sparkling Wine from Piedmont, Italy
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              • Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio (375ML half-bottle) 2000
                Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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                • Maculan Dindarello (half-bottle) 2000 Front Label
                  Maculan Dindarello (half-bottle) 2000
                  Muscat from Veneto, Italy
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                • Banfi Estate Bottled Flask Chianti (half-bottle) 2000 Front Label
                  Banfi Estate Bottled Flask Chianti (half-bottle) 2000
                  Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                  • Anselmi Recioto di Soave I Capitelli (half-bottle) 2000
                    Garganega from Soave, Veneto, Italy
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                    • Maculan Torcolato (half-bottle) 2000
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                      • Franz Haas Moscato Rosa (375ML half-bottle) 2000 Front Label
                        Franz Haas Moscato Rosa (375ML half-bottle) 2000
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                        • Tenuta Luce Luce Toscana (375ML half-bottle) 2000 Front Label
                          Tenuta Luce Luce Toscana (375ML half-bottle) 2000
                          Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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                          • Maculan Acininobili (half-bottle) 2000 Front Label
                            Maculan Acininobili (half-bottle) 2000
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                            • Felsina Vin Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2000 Front Label
                              Felsina Vin Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2000
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                              • Castello di Bossi Vin San Laurentino (375ML half-bottle) 2000 Front Label
                                Castello di Bossi Vin San Laurentino (375ML half-bottle) 2000
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                              • Coppo Moncalvina Moscato d'Asti (half-bottle) 2000
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