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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 Italian wine 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 Italian wine 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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  • 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
    Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (375ML half-bottle) 2008 Front Label
    Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (375ML half-bottle) 2008
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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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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  • Santa Margherita Chianti Classico Riserva (375ML half-bottle) 2008 Front Label
    Santa Margherita Chianti Classico Riserva (375ML half-bottle) 2008
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, 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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  • Querciabella Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2008 Front Label
    Querciabella Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2008
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Mazzei Fonterutoli Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2008 Front Label
    Mazzei Fonterutoli Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2008
    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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  • Felsina Vin Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2008  Front Label
    Felsina Vin Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2008
    Other Dessert from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Zenato Amarone (375ML half-bottle) 2008 Front Label
        Zenato Amarone (375ML half-bottle) 2008
        Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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      • Badia a Coltibuono Vin Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2008 Front Label
        Badia a Coltibuono Vin Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2008
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        • Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2008 Front Label
          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
          Antinori Tignanello (375ML half-bottle) 2008
          Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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        • Gaja Sperss Barolo (375ML half-bottle) 2008 Front Label
          Gaja Sperss Barolo (375ML half-bottle) 2008
          Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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        • Terrabianca Campaccio (375ML half-bottle) 2008 Front Label
          Terrabianca Campaccio (375ML half-bottle) 2008
          Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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        • Donnafugata Ben Rye (375ML half-bottle) 2008 Front Label
          Donnafugata Ben Rye (375ML half-bottle) 2008
          Other Dessert from Sicily, Italy
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          • Fontodi Vin Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2008
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