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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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  • Ornellaia  1999 Front Label
    Ornellaia 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta Guado al Tasso  1999  Front Label
    Tenuta Guado al Tasso 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    • RP94
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  • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 1999  Front Label
    Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 1999
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 1999  Front Label
    Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 1999
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • WE91
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  • Banfi Poggio all'Oro Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1999 Front Label
    Banfi Poggio all'Oro Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1999
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Fanti Brunello di Montalcino 1999 Front Label
    Fanti Brunello di Montalcino 1999
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • RP92
    • WE92
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  • Dal Forno Romano Amarone della Valpolicella 1999 Front Label
    Dal Forno Romano Amarone della Valpolicella 1999
    Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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    • WS92
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  • Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 1999 Front Label
    Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 1999
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • WE91
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 1999 Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 1999
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • WE91
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  • Masi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Mazzano 1999  Front Label
    Masi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Mazzano 1999
    Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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    • WE93
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  • Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino 1999  Front Label
    Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino 1999
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • WE95
    • RP92
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  • Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia (torn label) 1999 Front Label
    Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia (torn label) 1999
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
    • WE90
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  • Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 1999 Front Label
    Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 1999
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1999 Front Label
    Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1999
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • WE94
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco 1999 Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco 1999
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
    • WS90
    • WE90
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