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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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  • Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (375ML half-bottle) 2004 Front Label
    Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (375ML half-bottle) 2004
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Cavit Pinot Grigio (half-bottle) 2004 Front Label
    Cavit Pinot Grigio (half-bottle) 2004
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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    • Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2004 Front Label
      Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2004
      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Antinori Tignanello (375ML half-bottle) 2004 Front Label
      Antinori Tignanello (375ML half-bottle) 2004
      Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Michele Chiarlo Nivole Moscato d'Asti (375ML half-bottle) 2004
      Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio (375ML half-bottle) 2004 Front Label
        Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio (375ML half-bottle) 2004
        Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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        • Altesino Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2004 Front Label
          Altesino Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2004
          Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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        • Luigi Einaudi Barolo (375ML half-bottle) 2004 Front Label
          Luigi Einaudi Barolo (375ML half-bottle) 2004
          Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Badia a Coltibuono Vin Santo Occhio di Pernice (375ML half-bottle) 2004 Front Label
          Badia a Coltibuono Vin Santo Occhio di Pernice (375ML half-bottle) 2004
          Other Dessert from Tuscany, Italy
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        • Isole e Olena Vino Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2004 Front Bottle Shot
          Isole e Olena Vino Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2004
          Other White Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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        • Dal Forno Romano Passito Vigna Sere  (375ML half-bottle) 2004  Front Label
          Dal Forno Romano Passito Vigna Sere (375ML half-bottle) 2004
          Other Dessert from Veneto, Italy
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        • Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia (375ML half-bottle) 2004 Front Label
          Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia (375ML half-bottle) 2004
          Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Felsina Vin Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2004 Front Label
            Felsina Vin Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2004
            Other Dessert from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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