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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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  • Pio Cesare Il Bricco Barbaresco (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004 Front Label
    Pio Cesare Il Bricco Barbaresco (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Fontodi Chianti Classico (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004 Front Label
    Fontodi Chianti Classico (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004 Front Label
    Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Giacomo Conterno Cascina Francia Barolo (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004 Front Label
    Giacomo Conterno Cascina Francia Barolo (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004 Front Label
    Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Il Carnasciale Caberlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004  Front Label
    Il Carnasciale Caberlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Pio Cesare Barbaresco (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004 Front Label
    Pio Cesare Barbaresco (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc (3.0 Liter Bottle) 2004 Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc (3.0 Liter Bottle) 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Marcarini Barolo Brunate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004 Front Label
    Marcarini Barolo Brunate (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • WE93
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  • Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra (1.5L Magnum) 2004 Front Label
    Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra (1.5L Magnum) 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Reserva (1.5L) 2004  Front Label
    Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Reserva (1.5L) 2004
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino (Magnum - chipped wax cap) 2004 Front Label
    Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino (Magnum - chipped wax cap) 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Antinori Tignanello (3 Liter Bottle) 2004 Front Label
    Antinori Tignanello (3 Liter Bottle) 2004
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004 Front Label
    Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Brovia Barolo Villero (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004 Front Label
    Brovia Barolo Villero (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Parusso Barolo Le Coste-Mosconi (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004  Front Label
    Parusso Barolo Le Coste-Mosconi (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Cantina del Pino Ovello Barbaresco (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004 Front Label
    Cantina del Pino Ovello Barbaresco (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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