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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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  • Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra (scuffed label) 2005 Front Label
    Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra (scuffed label) 2005
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore 2005 Front Label
    Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore 2005
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 2005 Front Label
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  • Felsina Vin Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2005 Front Label
    Felsina Vin Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2005
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    • Paolo Scavino Barolo Cannubi 2005 Front Label
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    • Paolo Scavino Barolo 2005 Front Label
      Paolo Scavino Barolo 2005
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    • Montevetrano Colli di Salerno 2005 Front Label
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    • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2005 Front Label
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    • Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis 2005 Front Label
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    • Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia Cicala 2005  Front Label
      Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia Cicala 2005
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Ornellaia  2005 Front Label
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    • Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova (scuffed label) 2005 Front Label
      Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova (scuffed label) 2005
      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Ornellaia Masseto 2005 Front Label
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      Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco Camp Gros Martinenga 2005
      Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
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    • Antinori Tignanello 2005 Front Label
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    • Aldo Conterno Colonnello Barolo 2005 Front Label
      Aldo Conterno Colonnello Barolo 2005
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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