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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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  • 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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  • Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from 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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  • Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve (6 Liter Bottle - signs of past seepage) 2010 Front Label
    Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve (6 Liter Bottle - signs of past seepage) 2010
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2000 Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2000
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Prunotto Barolo Bussia (1.5 Liter Magum) 1996  Front Label
    Prunotto Barolo Bussia (1.5 Liter Magum) 1996
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, 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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  • Ornellaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Ornellaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Altesino Montosoli Brunello di Montalcino (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2007 Front Label
    Altesino Montosoli Brunello di Montalcino (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2007
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001 Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Luigi Pira Barolo Marenca (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999 Front Label
    Luigi Pira Barolo Marenca (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2000  Front Label
    Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2000
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, 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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  • Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1998  Front Label
    Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1998
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva (3 Liter Bottle) 2011  Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva (3 Liter Bottle) 2011
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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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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  • 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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  • Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva (3 Liter) 2007 Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva (3 Liter) 2007
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Feudi di San Gregorio Serpico (3 Liter Bottle - chipped wax capsule) 2001
    Aglianico from 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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  • 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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    Aglianico from 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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