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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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  • Ornellaia Masseto 1999 Front Label
    Ornellaia Masseto 1999
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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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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  • San Filippo Brunello di Montalcino 1999  Front Label
    San Filippo Brunello di Montalcino 1999
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Agostina Pieri Brunello di Montalcino 1999 Front Label
    Agostina Pieri Brunello di Montalcino 1999
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso 1999 Front Label
    Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso 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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  • La Spinetta Barbaresco Gallina 1999 Front Label
    La Spinetta Barbaresco Gallina 1999
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    Azienda Agricola Montaribaldi Montaribaldi Barbaresco Sori Montaribaldi (stained label) 1999
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Tenuta Guado al Tasso (stained label) 1999  Front Label
      Tenuta Guado al Tasso (stained label) 1999
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Hastae Barbera d'Asti Quorum 1999 Front Label
      Hastae Barbera d'Asti Quorum 1999
      Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Giuseppe Principiano Barolo Boscareto 1999 Front Label
      Giuseppe Principiano Barolo Boscareto 1999
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Elvio Cogno Ravera Barolo (scuffed lables) 1999 Front Label
      Elvio Cogno Ravera Barolo (scuffed lables) 1999
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Allegrini Amarone 1999  Front Label
      Allegrini Amarone 1999
      Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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    • Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco 1999 Front Label
      Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco 1999
      Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Fontanafredda Lazzarito Barolo 1999  Front Label
      Fontanafredda Lazzarito Barolo 1999
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Lisini Brunello di Montalcino 1999 Front Label
        Lisini Brunello di Montalcino 1999
        Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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        Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia 1999
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Sportoletti Villa Fidelia Rosso 1999 Front Label
        Sportoletti Villa Fidelia Rosso 1999
        Other Red Blends from Umbria, Italy
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      • Salvioni Brunello di Montalcino 1999 Front Label
        Salvioni Brunello di Montalcino 1999
        Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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        • Antinori Tignanello 1999 Front Label
          Antinori Tignanello 1999
          Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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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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        • Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Poggio Alle Mura 1999 Front Label
          Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Poggio Alle Mura 1999
          Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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        • Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino 1999 Front Label
          Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino 1999
          Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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        • Gaja Barbaresco 1999 Front Label
          Gaja Barbaresco 1999
          Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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