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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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  • Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco Martinenga 1985 Front Label
    Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco Martinenga 1985
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Gaja Barbaresco Sori San Lorenzo 1985 Front Label
    Gaja Barbaresco Sori San Lorenzo 1985
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Gaja Barbaresco 1985 Front Label
    Gaja Barbaresco 1985
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Lisini Brunello di Montalcino 1985 Front Label
    Lisini Brunello di Montalcino 1985
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Bruno Giacosa Barolo Villero di Castiglione Falletto 1985 Front Label
      Bruno Giacosa Barolo Villero di Castiglione Falletto 1985
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Masi Amarone Recioto della Valpolicella 1985
        Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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        • Bertani Amarone della Valpolicella 1985
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          • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 1985
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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          • Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche di Castiglione Falletto (signs of past seepage) 1985 Front Label
            Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche di Castiglione Falletto (signs of past seepage) 1985
            Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Renato Ratti Marcenasco Barolo 1985 Front Label
            Renato Ratti Marcenasco Barolo 1985
            Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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