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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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    Dal Forno Romano Monte Lodoletta Amarone della Valpolicella 2010
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  • Vietti Barolo Ravera 2011 Front Label
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    Damilano 1752 Barolo Cannubi Riserva 2009
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  • Tenuta di Biserno Biserno 2012  Front Label
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  • Remo Farina Montefante Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva 2011  Front Label
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  • Castello di Monsanto Nemo 2010 Front Label
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  • Ornellaia Masseto 2006  Front Label
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  • Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2010 Front Label
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    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Cignale  2011 Front Label
    Cignale 2011
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  • Tenuta di Arceno Valadorna 2011 Front Label
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  • Badia a Coltibuono Sangioveto 2011 Front Label
    Badia a Coltibuono Sangioveto 2011
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta di Biserno Biserno 2015  Front Label
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  • Dal Forno Romano Monte Lodoletta Amarone della Valpolicella 2011 Front Label
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  • Rocca delle Macie Ser Gioveto 2011 Front Label
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  • Villa Al Cortile Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2011  Front Label
    Villa Al Cortile Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2011
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  • Rocca delle Macie Roccato 2011  Front Label
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  • Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino 2011 Front Label
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva 2011 Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili Riserva 2011
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Damilano 1752 Barolo Cannubi Riserva 2010  Front Label
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  • Tenuta di Arceno Arcanum 2011 Front Label
    Tenuta di Arceno Arcanum 2011
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  • Dal Forno Romano Monte Lodoletta Amarone della Valpolicella 2013  Front Label
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  • Paolo Conterno Ginestra Riserva 2010  Front Label
    Paolo Conterno Ginestra Riserva 2010
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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