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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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    Felsina Vin Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2008
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      • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia (375ML half-bottle) 2008 Front Label
        Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia (375ML half-bottle) 2008
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Ceretto Santo Stefano Moscato d'Asti (375ML half-bottle) 2008 Front Label
        Ceretto Santo Stefano Moscato d'Asti (375ML half-bottle) 2008
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      • Giacomo Mori Chianti (375ML half-bottle) 2008 Front Label
        Giacomo Mori Chianti (375ML half-bottle) 2008
        Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Dei Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (375ML half-bottle) 2008 Front Label
        Dei Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (375ML half-bottle) 2008
        Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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        Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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        Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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        Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Jermann Dreams (375ML half-bottle) 2008 Front Label
        Jermann Dreams (375ML half-bottle) 2008
        Chardonnay from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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        Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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        Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2008
        Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Antinori Tignanello (375ML half-bottle) 2008 Front Label
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        Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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        • Badia a Coltibuono Vin Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2008 Front Label
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          • Terrabianca Campaccio (375ML half-bottle) 2008 Front Label
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            Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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