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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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    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Giacomo Mori Chianti (375ML half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
      Giacomo Mori Chianti (375ML half-bottle) 2009
      Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Santa Margherita Chianti Classico Riserva (375ML half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
      Santa Margherita Chianti Classico Riserva (375ML half-bottle) 2009
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Fontodi Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
      Fontodi Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2009
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico (375ML half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
      Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico (375ML Half-bottle) 2009
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • La Spinetta Barbera d'Asti Ca Di Pian (375ML half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
      La Spinetta Barbera d'Asti Ca Di Pian (375ML half-bottle) 2009
      Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Castellare Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale (375ML) 2009 Front Label
      Castellare Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggiale (375ML) 2009
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Terrabianca Campaccio (375ML half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
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      Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio (375ML half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
        Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio (375ML half-bottle) 2009
        Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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        • Zenato Amarone (375ML half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
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        • Badia a Coltibuono Vin Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
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        • Donnafugata Ben Rye (375ML half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
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          • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
            Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 2009
            Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Jermann Red Angel in the Moonlight Pinot Noir (375ML) 2009 Front Label
            Jermann Red Angel in the Moonlight Pinot Noir (375ML) 2009
            Pinot Noir from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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          • Antinori Tignanello (375ML half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
            Antinori Tignanello (375ML half-bottle) 2009
            Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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          • Jermann Pinot Grigio (375ML half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
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          • Damilano Barolo Lecinquevigne (375ML half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
            Damilano Barolo Lecinquevigne (375ML half-bottle) 2009
            Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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