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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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  • Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio (375ML half-bottle) 2005 Front Label
    Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio (375ML half-bottle) 2005
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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    • Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (375ML half-bottle) 2005 Front Label
      Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (375ML half-bottle) 2005
      Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Felsina Vin Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2005 Front Label
      Felsina Vin Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2005
      Other Dessert from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Mazzei Fonterutoli Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2005 Front Label
        Mazzei Fonterutoli Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2005
        Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia (375ML half-bottle) 2005 Front Label
        Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia (375ML half-bottle) 2005
        Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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        • Zenato Amarone (375ML half-bottle) 2005 Front Label
          Zenato Amarone (375ML half-bottle) 2005
          Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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        • Ornellaia (375ML half-bottle) 2005 Front Label
          Ornellaia (375ML half-bottle) 2005
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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