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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 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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  • Fattoria La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004 Front Label
    Fattoria La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Fattoria La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
    Fattoria La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino (chipped wax - 1.5 Liter Magnum) 2007 Front Label
    Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino (chipped wax - 1.5 Liter Magnum) 2007
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino (3 Liter Bottle) 2010 Front Label
    Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino (3 Liter Bottle) 2010
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1998  Front Label
    Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1998
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003  Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Antinori Solaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1997  Front Label
    Antinori Solaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1997
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • WE97
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  • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli (3 Liter - Chipped Wax Cap) 2007 Front Label
    Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli (3 Liter - Chipped Wax Cap) 2007
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • TP92
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  • Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Sarmassa (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011 Front Label
    Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Sarmassa (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2011
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Tenuta Luce (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2000  Front Label
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    Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Lamborghini Campoleone (1.5L Magnum) 2000 Front Label
    Lamborghini Campoleone (1.5L Magnum) 2000
    Other Red Blends from Umbria, Italy
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    • WE91
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999 Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Prunotto Bussia Vigna Colonello Barolo Riserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Prunotto Bussia Vigna Colonello Barolo Riserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Feudi di San Gregorio Serpico (3 Liter Bottle) 2003 Front Label
    Feudi di San Gregorio Serpico (3 Liter Bottle) 2003
    Aglianico from Campania, Italy
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  • Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (3 Liter) 2006 Front Label
    Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (3 Liter) 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
    Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ornellaia Le Serre Nuove (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Ornellaia Le Serre Nuove (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra (1.5L Magnum) 2001 Front Label
    Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra (1.5L Magnum) 2001
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Ornellaia Le Serre Nuove (3 Liter Bottle) 2008 Front Label
    Ornellaia Le Serre Nuove (3 Liter Bottle) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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