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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 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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  • Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2010  Front Label
    Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2010
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Cerbaiona Brunello di Montalcino 2010  Front Label
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  • Dal Forno Romano Monte Lodoletta Amarone della Valpolicella 2010 Front Label
    Dal Forno Romano Monte Lodoletta Amarone della Valpolicella 2010
    Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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  • Ferrari Perle Nero 2010  Front Label
    Ferrari Perle Nero 2010
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Trentino, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • Rocca delle Macie Roccato 2010 Front Label
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    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino 2010 Front Label
    Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino 2010
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • San Filippo Brunello di Montalcino Le Lucere 2010 Front Label
    San Filippo Brunello di Montalcino Le Lucere 2010
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Donatella Cinelli Colombini Brunello di Montalcino 2010 Front Label
    Donatella Cinelli Colombini Brunello di Montalcino 2010
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Terredora di Paolo Fatica Contadina Taurasi 2010 Front Label
    Terredora di Paolo Fatica Contadina Taurasi 2010
    Aglianico from Italy
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  • Valdicava Madonna del Piano Brunello di Montalcino Riserva  2010 Front Label
    Valdicava Madonna del Piano Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2010
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2010 Front Label
    Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2010
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Petrolo Galatrona 2010 Front Label
    Petrolo Galatrona 2010
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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    Donatella Cinelli Colombini Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2010
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino 2010 Front Label
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    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 2010  Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 2010
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • La Gerla Riserva Vigna Gli Angeli Brunello di Montalcino 2010 Front Label
    La Gerla Riserva Vigna Gli Angeli Brunello di Montalcino 2010
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ornellaia Masseto 2010 Front Label
    Ornellaia Masseto 2010
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin 2010 Front Label
    Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin 2010
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Querciabella Camartina 2010 Front Label
    Querciabella Camartina 2010
    Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Monvigliero 2010 Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Monvigliero 2010
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2010 Front Label
    Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino 2010
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Aldo Conterno Colonnello Barolo 2010 Front Label
    Aldo Conterno Colonnello Barolo 2010
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2010
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Elvio Cogno Ravera Barolo 2010 Front Label
    Elvio Cogno Ravera Barolo 2010
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Val di Suga Vigna Spuntali Brunello di Montalcino 2010 Front Label
    Val di Suga Vigna Spuntali Brunello di Montalcino 2010
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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