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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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  • Ornellaia Masseto 1999 Front Label
    Ornellaia Masseto 1999
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Fanti Brunello di Montalcino 1999 Front Label
    Fanti Brunello di Montalcino 1999
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta Guado al Tasso  1999  Front Label
    Tenuta Guado al Tasso 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Gaja Conteisa 1999  Front Label
    Gaja Conteisa 1999
    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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  • Hastae Barbera d'Asti Quorum 1999 Front Label
    Hastae Barbera d'Asti Quorum 1999
    Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso 1999 Front Label
    Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso 1999
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 1999 Front Label
    Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 1999
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • WS93
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  • Gaja Costa Russi 1999  Front Bottle Shot
    Gaja Costa Russi 1999
    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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    • WS91
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  • Antinori Tignanello 1999 Front Label
    Antinori Tignanello 1999
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
    • RP94
    • WS90
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  • Roberto Voerzio Barolo La Serra 1999 Front Label
    Roberto Voerzio Barolo La Serra 1999
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
    • WS95
    • RP92
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  • Lamborghini Campoleone 1999 Front Label
    Lamborghini Campoleone 1999
    Other Red Blends from Campania, Italy
    • RP96
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  • Albino Rocca Vigneto Loreto Barbaresco 1999
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Giuseppe Principiano Barolo Boscareto 1999 Front Label
    Giuseppe Principiano Barolo Boscareto 1999
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
    • RP93
    • WS90
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 1999 Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 1999
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
    • RP94
    • WE91
    • WS91
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  • Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino 1999 Front Label
    Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino 1999
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
    • RP91
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  • Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia  1999 Front Label
    Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia 1999
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Mastroberardino Naturalis Historia Taurasi 1999  Front Label
    Mastroberardino Naturalis Historia Taurasi 1999
    Aglianico from Italy
    • RP91
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  • Sportoletti Villa Fidelia Rosso 1999 Front Label
    Sportoletti Villa Fidelia Rosso 1999
    Other Red Blends from Umbria, Italy
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  • Allegrini Amarone 1999  Front Label
    Allegrini Amarone 1999
    Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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  • Lisini Brunello di Montalcino 1999 Front Label
    Lisini Brunello di Montalcino 1999
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
    • RP92
    • W&S90
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  • Antinori Solaia 1999 Front Label
    Antinori Solaia 1999
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • RP94
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  • Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 1999 Front Label
    Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 1999
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
    • RP94
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  • Antinori Tignanello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999 Front Label
    Antinori Tignanello (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1999
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • WS90
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  • Roberto Voerzio Barolo Cerequio 1999 Front Label
    Roberto Voerzio Barolo Cerequio 1999
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • RP93
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  • Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino 1999  Front Label
    Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino 1999
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
    • RP94
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