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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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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 1998 Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino 1998  Front Label
    Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino 1998
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Allegrini Amarone 1998 Front Label
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    Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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  • Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 1998 Front Label
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    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili 1998 Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili 1998
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, 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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  • Gaja Barbaresco 1998  Front Label
    Gaja Barbaresco 1998
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, 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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  • Antinori Tignanello 1998 Front Label
    Antinori Tignanello 1998
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 1998
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  • Gaja Sperss 1998 Front Label
    Gaja Sperss 1998
    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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  • Gaja Conteisa 1998 Front Label
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    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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  • Dal Forno Romano Amarone della Valpolicella 1998 Front Label
    Dal Forno Romano Amarone della Valpolicella 1998
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  • Gaja Sori San Lorenzo 1998  Front Bottle Shot
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    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1998 Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1998
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Ornellaia  1998 Front Label
    Ornellaia 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Argiano Solengo 1998 Front Label
    Argiano Solengo 1998
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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