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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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  • Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 2001 Front Label
    Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 2001
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Feudi di San Gregorio Serpico 2001 Front Label
    Feudi di San Gregorio Serpico 2001
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  • Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2001 Front Label
    Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2001
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto 2001 Front Label
    Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto 2001
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Aldo Conterno Colonnello Barolo 2001 Front Label
    Aldo Conterno Colonnello Barolo 2001
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano 2001 Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano 2001
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra 2001 Front Label
    Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra 2001
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto 2001 Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto 2001
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Ornellaia  2001 Front Label
    Ornellaia 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ceretto Prapo Barolo (scuffed labels) 2001 Front Label
    Ceretto Prapo Barolo (scuffed labels) 2001
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra 2001 Front Label
    Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra 2001
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Gaja Sori San Lorenzo 2001 Front Label
    Gaja Sori San Lorenzo 2001
    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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  • Aldo Conterno Bussia Soprana Barolo 2001 Front Label
    Aldo Conterno Bussia Soprana Barolo 2001
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2001 Front Label
    Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2001
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Gaja Costa Russi 2001 Front Label
    Gaja Costa Russi 2001
    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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  • Altesino Montosoli Brunello di Montalcino 2001  Front Label
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    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Damilano Barolo Cannubi 2001 Front Label
    Damilano Barolo Cannubi 2001
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001 Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Villa Sandi Corpore 2001 Front Label
    Villa Sandi Corpore 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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  • Petrolo Galatrona 2001  Front Label
    Petrolo Galatrona 2001
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Galardi Roccamonfina Terra di Lavoro 2001 Front Label
    Galardi Roccamonfina Terra di Lavoro 2001
    Other Red Blends from Italy
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  • Elvio Cogno Ravera Barolo 2001 Front Label
    Elvio Cogno Ravera Barolo 2001
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Cannubi 2001 Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Cannubi 2001
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Elio Altare Barolo Arborina 2001 Front Label
    Elio Altare Barolo Arborina 2001
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Elio Altare Barolo 2001 Front Label
    Elio Altare Barolo 2001
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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