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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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  • Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Rabaja Riserva 2001  Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Rabaja Riserva 2001
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Ornellaia Masseto 1997 Front Label
    Ornellaia Masseto 1997
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • La Serena Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Gemini 2012 Front Label
    La Serena Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Gemini 2012
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Roberto Voerzio Barolo Riserva 10 Anni Fossati Case Nere  2009  Front Label
    Roberto Voerzio Barolo Riserva 10 Anni Fossati Case Nere 2009
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, 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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  • Ferrari Perle 2014  Front Label
    Ferrari Perle 2014
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Trentino, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra (scuffed label) 2003  Front Label
    Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra (scuffed label) 2003
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Castello di Meleto Vin Santo 2009  Front Label
    Castello di Meleto Vin Santo 2009
    Trebbiano from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ferrari Perle Rose 2014  Front Label
    Ferrari Perle Rose 2014
    Rosé Sparkling Wine from Trentino, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • Gaja Costa Russi 2011 Front Label
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    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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    Elvio Cogno Cascina Nuova Barolo 2005
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Castello dei Rampolla d'Alceo 1999 Front Label
    Castello dei Rampolla d'Alceo 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Vallana Gattinara 2009 Front Label
    Vallana Gattinara 2009
    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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