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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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  • Castello di Verduno Barbaresco Riserva Rabaja 2006  Front Label
    Castello di Verduno Barbaresco Riserva Rabaja 2006
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Ornellaia  2006 Front Label
    Ornellaia 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2006 Front Label
    Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2006 Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova (scuffed label) 2006 Front Label
    Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova (scuffed label) 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Montevertine Le Pergole Torte 2006 Front Label
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    Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Pio Cesare Barolo 2006 Front Label
    Pio Cesare Barolo 2006
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi Riserva 2006 Front Label
    Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi Riserva 2006
    Aglianico from Campania, Italy
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  • Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione 2006 Front Label
    Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione 2006
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Antinori Solaia (bin soiled label) 2006 Front Label
    Antinori Solaia (bin soiled label) 2006
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto 2006 Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • RP92
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  • Capanna Brunello di Montalcino 2006 Front Label
    Capanna Brunello di Montalcino 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Campogiovanni Brunello di Montalcino 2006 Front Label
    Campogiovanni Brunello di Montalcino 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Valdicava Madonna del Piano Brunello di Montalcino Riserva  2006 Front Label
    Valdicava Madonna del Piano Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino 2006 Front Label
    Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • La Serena Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Gemini 2006 Front Label
    La Serena Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Gemini 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino dei Cottimelli 2006 Front Label
    Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino dei Cottimelli 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenimenti d'Alessandro Migliara Syrah 2006  Front Label
    Tenimenti d'Alessandro Migliara Syrah 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Tuscany, Italy
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    • RP93
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  • Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006 Front Label
    Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006 Front Label
    Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Felsina Vin Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
    Felsina Vin Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2006
    Other Dessert from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Tormaresca Masseria Maime Negroamaro Salento 2006 Front Label
      Tormaresca Masseria Maime Negroamaro Salento 2006
      Negroamaro from Italy
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    • Passopisciaro Passopisciaro (1.5L Magnum) 2006  Front Label
      Passopisciaro Passopisciaro (1.5L Magnum) 2006
      Other Red Blends from Sicily, Italy
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    • Ferrari Giulio Ferrari Riserva del Fondatore 2006 Front Label
      Ferrari Giulio Ferrari Riserva del Fondatore 2006
      Vintage Sparkling Wine from Trentino, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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    • Elvio Cogno Cascina Nuova Barolo 2006 Front Label
      Elvio Cogno Cascina Nuova Barolo 2006
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      • WS92
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