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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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  • Castello dei Rampolla d'Alceo 2001  Front Label
    Castello dei Rampolla d'Alceo 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Petrolo Galatrona 2001  Front Label
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    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto 2001 Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto 2001
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Villa Sandi Corpore 2001 Front Label
    Villa Sandi Corpore 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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  • Galardi Roccamonfina Terra di Lavoro 2001 Front Label
    Galardi Roccamonfina Terra di Lavoro 2001
    Other Red Blends from Italy
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  • Elio Altare Barolo Arborina 2001 Front Label
    Elio Altare Barolo Arborina 2001
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Elvio Cogno Ravera Barolo 2001 Front Label
    Elvio Cogno Ravera Barolo 2001
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Elio Altare Barolo 2001 Front Label
    Elio Altare Barolo 2001
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Cannubi 2001 Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Cannubi 2001
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Parusso Barolo Bussia 2001 Front Label
    Parusso Barolo Bussia 2001
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • E. Pira e Figli Barolo Cannubi 2001 Front Label
    E. Pira e Figli Barolo Cannubi 2001
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Giacomo Grimaldi Barolo Le Coste 2001 Front Label
    Giacomo Grimaldi Barolo Le Coste 2001
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Luigi Einaudi Barolo Costa Grimaldi 2001 Front Label
    Luigi Einaudi Barolo Costa Grimaldi 2001
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2001 Front Label
    Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2001
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Giacomo Conterno Cascina Francia Barolo 2001  Front Label
    Giacomo Conterno Cascina Francia Barolo 2001
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Antinori Solaia 2001 Front Label
    Antinori Solaia 2001
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Feudi di San Gregorio Serpico (3 Liter Bottle - chipped wax capsule) 2001
    Aglianico from Italy
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  • Feudi di San Gregorio Serpico (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001
    Aglianico from Italy
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    • V92
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  • Ornellaia  2001 Front Label
    Ornellaia 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto 2001 Front Label
    Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto 2001
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • RP93
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  • Gaja Costa Russi 2001 Front Label
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    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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  • Ceretto Barolo Brunate 2001 Front Label
    Ceretto Barolo Brunate 2001
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Conterno Fantino Barolo Parussi 2001 Front Label
    Conterno Fantino Barolo Parussi 2001
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia Cicala 2001 Front Label
    Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia Cicala 2001
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Gaja Sori San Lorenzo 2001 Front Label
    Gaja Sori San Lorenzo 2001
    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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