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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 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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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata Riserva (3.0L) 2001 Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata Riserva (3.0L) 2001
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Cavallotto Barolo Riserva Bricco Boschis (chipped wax - 3L) 2001 Front Label
    Cavallotto Barolo Riserva Bricco Boschis (chipped wax - 3L) 2001
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Feudi di San Gregorio Serpico (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001
    Aglianico from Italy
    • RP98
    • WS94
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  • Antinori Solaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001 Front Label
    Antinori Solaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • WS93
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001 Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve (3 Liter) 2001 Front Label
    Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve (3 Liter) 2001
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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    • RP94
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  • Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001  Front Label
    Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • RP92
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  • Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001 Front Label
    Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Feudi di San Gregorio Serpico (3 Liter Bottle - chipped wax capsule) 2001
    Aglianico from Italy
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