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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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  • Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 2005 Front Label
    Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 2005
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Gaja Costa Russi 2005 Front Label
    Gaja Costa Russi 2005
    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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  • Antinori Tignanello 2005 Front Label
    Antinori Tignanello 2005
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Elvio Cogno Bricco Pernice Barolo 2005 Front Label
    Elvio Cogno Bricco Pernice Barolo 2005
    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Cannubi 2005 Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Cannubi 2005
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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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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  • Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis 2005 Front Label
    Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis 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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  • Aldo Conterno Colonnello Barolo 2005 Front Label
    Aldo Conterno Colonnello Barolo 2005
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Fontanafredda Barolo Vigna La Rosa 2005  Front Label
    Fontanafredda Barolo Vigna La Rosa 2005
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 2005 Front Label
    Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 2005
    Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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    • WE93
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  • Felsina Vin Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2005 Front Label
    Felsina Vin Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2005
    Other Dessert from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • WS91
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    • Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 2005 Front Label
      Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 2005
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2005 Front Label
      Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2005
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Terredora di Paolo Pago Dei Fusi Taurasi 2005 Front Label
      Terredora di Paolo Pago Dei Fusi Taurasi 2005
      Aglianico from Italy
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    • Montevetrano Colli di Salerno 2005 Front Label
      Montevetrano Colli di Salerno 2005
      Other Red Blends from Italy
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      • RP92
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    • Paolo Scavino Barolo 2005 Front Label
      Paolo Scavino Barolo 2005
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Ornellaia  2005 Front Label
      Ornellaia 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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      • RP93
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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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    • 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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    • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2005 Front Label
      Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2005
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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      • D94
      • RP93
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    • Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
      Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco Camp Gros Martinenga 2005 Front Label
      Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco Camp Gros Martinenga 2005
      Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Ornellaia Masseto 2005 Front Label
      Ornellaia Masseto 2005
      Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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      • RP94
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    • Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric 2005 Front Label
      Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric 2005
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      • RP93
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