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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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  • Monte Antico Rosso (3 Liter Bottle) 2008 Front Label
    Monte Antico Rosso (3 Liter Bottle) 2008
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna Sorbo (1.5 Liter) 2008 Front Label
    Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna Sorbo (1.5 Liter) 2008
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Gaja Rennina Brunello di Montalcino (1.5L Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Gaja Rennina Brunello di Montalcino (1.5L Magnum) 2008
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Fontodi Chianti Classico (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Fontodi Chianti Classico (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino (3 Liter Bottle) 2008  Front Label
    Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino (3 Liter Bottle) 2008
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Allegrini Palazzo della Torre (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
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  • Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Prunotto Bussia Vigna Colonello Barolo Riserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc Riserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Altesino Montosoli Brunello di Montalcino (5 Liter Bottle) 2008 Front Label
    Altesino Montosoli Brunello di Montalcino (5 Liter Bottle) 2008
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva (3 Liter) 2008 Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva (3 Liter) 2008
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Elio Altare Barolo Arborina (1.5 liter magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Elio Altare Barolo Arborina (1.5 liter magnum) 2008
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Cannubi San Lorenzo-Ravera (1.5L Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Cannubi San Lorenzo-Ravera (1.5L Magnum) 2008
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve (3 Liter) 2008 Front Label
    Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve (3 Liter) 2008
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Prunotto Bussia Barolo (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Prunotto Bussia Barolo (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Ornellaia Masseto (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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    Ornellaia Le Serre Nuove (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    Ornellaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Altesino Montosoli Brunello di Montalcino (3 Liter Bottle) 2008 Front Label
    Altesino Montosoli Brunello di Montalcino (3 Liter Bottle) 2008
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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