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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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    Petrolo Galatrona 2006
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ferrari Giulio Ferrari Riserva del Fondatore 2006 Front Label
    Ferrari Giulio Ferrari Riserva del Fondatore 2006
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  • Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino 2006 Front Label
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    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Gianni Brunelli Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2006 Front Label
    Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2006
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    Felsina Vin Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2006
    Other Dessert from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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      Negroamaro from Italy
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    • Capanna Brunello di Montalcino 2006 Front Label
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      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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      Other Red Blends from Sicily, Italy
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      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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      Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Talenti Brunello di Montalcino 2006  Front Label
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      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra 2006
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      Montevetrano Colli di Salerno 2006
      Other Red Blends from Italy
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      Voliero Brunello di Montalcino 2006
      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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      Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi Riserva 2006
      Aglianico from Campania, Italy
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