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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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  • Antinori Solaia 2001 Front Label
    Antinori Solaia 2001
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
    • RP96
    • WS93
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  • Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2001 Front Label
    Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2001
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • RP92
    • WE91
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  • Gaja Rennina Brunello di Montalcino 2001  Front Label
    Gaja Rennina Brunello di Montalcino 2001
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • RP92
    • WS91
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 2001 Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 2001
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • WS95
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  • Ornellaia  2001 Front Label
    Ornellaia 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    • RP95
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  • Feudi di San Gregorio Serpico 2001 Front Label
    Feudi di San Gregorio Serpico 2001
    Aglianico from Italy
    • WS94
    • RP92
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto 2001 Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto 2001
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
    • RP94
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano 2001 Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano 2001
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
    • WS94
    • RP94
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  • Gaja Sori San Lorenzo 2001 Front Label
    Gaja Sori San Lorenzo 2001
    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
    • WS96
    • RP95
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  • Mazzei Fonterutoli Siepi 2001  Front Label
    Mazzei Fonterutoli Siepi 2001
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
    • RP93
    • WS92
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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
    • WS100
    • RP93
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  • Lamborghini Campoleone 2001 Front Label
    Lamborghini Campoleone 2001
    Other Red Blends from Italy
    • RP93
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  • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2001 Front Label
    Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2001
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
    • RP93
    • WS90
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  • Dal Forno Romano Amarone della Valpolicella 2001  Front Label
    Dal Forno Romano Amarone della Valpolicella 2001
    Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
    • RP97
    • V97
    • WS93
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  • Avignonesi Desiderio 2001  Front Label
    Avignonesi Desiderio 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
    • RP94
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  • Villa Sandi Corpore 2001 Front Label
    Villa Sandi Corpore 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
    • RP93
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  • Falesco Marciliano (torn capsule) 2001  Front Label
    Falesco Marciliano (torn capsule) 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Italy
    • RP95
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  • Petrolo Galatrona 2001  Front Label
    Petrolo Galatrona 2001
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
    • WS96
    • RP94
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  • Galardi Roccamonfina Terra di Lavoro 2001 Front Label
    Galardi Roccamonfina Terra di Lavoro 2001
    Other Red Blends from Italy
    • RP97
    • WS95
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  • Bibi Graetz Testamatta 2001
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
    • RP93
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  • Elio Altare Barolo 2001 Front Label
    Elio Altare Barolo 2001
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
    • WS92
    • RP92
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  • Sportoletti Villa Fidelia Rosso 2001 Front Label
    Sportoletti Villa Fidelia Rosso 2001
    Other Red Blends from Italy
    • RP95
    • WS92
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Cannubi 2001 Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Cannubi 2001
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
    • RP94
    • WS93
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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
    • WS93
    • RP93
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