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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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  • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2004 Front Label
    Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Gaja Sperss 2004 Front Label
    Gaja Sperss 2004
    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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  • Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2004  Front Label
    Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • RP90
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  • Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto 2004 Front Label
    Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2004  Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Cantina del Pino Ovello Barbaresco 2004 Front Label
    Cantina del Pino Ovello Barbaresco 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
    • RP94
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  • Luigi Einaudi Barolo Nei Cannubi 2004 Front Label
    Luigi Einaudi Barolo Nei Cannubi 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • RP95
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  • Gaja Barbaresco 2004  Front Label
    Gaja Barbaresco 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    • RP93
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  • Cavallotto Barolo Bricco Boschis 2004 Front Label
    Cavallotto Barolo Bricco Boschis 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto 2004  Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • WS92
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  • Giovanni Corino Barolo Arborina 2004 Front Label
    Giovanni Corino Barolo Arborina 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • RP92
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  • Galardi Roccamonfina Terra di Lavoro 2004 Front Label
    Galardi Roccamonfina Terra di Lavoro 2004
    Other Red Blends from Italy
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  • Valdicava Madonna del Piano Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004  Front Label
    Valdicava Madonna del Piano Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • WE95
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  • Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004 Front Label
    Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • WS96
    • WE93
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata Riserva 2004 Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata Riserva 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
    • RP97
    • WS94
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  • Cantina del Pino Ovello Barbaresco (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004 Front Label
    Cantina del Pino Ovello Barbaresco (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
    • RP94
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  • Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2004 Front Label
    Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • JS95
    • RP94
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  • Fattoria Le Pupille Elisabetta Geppetti Saffredi 2004 Front Label
    Fattoria Le Pupille Elisabetta Geppetti Saffredi 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • RP95
    • WE95
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  • Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi 2004  Front Label
    Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi 2004
    Aglianico from Campania, Italy
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    • WE92
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  • Gaja Camarcanda 2004  Front Label
    Gaja Camarcanda 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
    • RP92
    • WS91
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  • Ruffino Santedame Romitorio 2004 Front Label
    Ruffino Santedame Romitorio 2004
    Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • RP91
    • WS91
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  • San Filippo Brunello di Montalcino Le Lucere 2004 Front Label
    San Filippo Brunello di Montalcino Le Lucere 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Dal Forno Romano Passito Vigna Sere  (375ML half-bottle) 2004  Front Label
    Dal Forno Romano Passito Vigna Sere (375ML half-bottle) 2004
    Other Dessert from Veneto, Italy
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  • Gaja Sugarille Brunello di Montalcino 2004 Front Label
    Gaja Sugarille Brunello di Montalcino 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
    • RP95
    • WS95
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  • Ornellaia  2004 Front Label
    Ornellaia 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
    • WS97
    • RP95
    • W&S93
    0.0 0 Ratings
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