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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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    Pio Cesare Barolo 2002
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 2002  Front Label
      Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 2002
      Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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    • Le Due Terre Merlot 2002 Front Label
      Le Due Terre Merlot 2002
      Merlot from Colli Orientali del Friuli, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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      • Gaja Ca'marcanda Promis 2002 Front Label
        Gaja Ca'marcanda Promis 2002
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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        Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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        • Sandrone Dolcetto d'Alba 2002 Front Label
          Sandrone Dolcetto d'Alba 2002
          Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Petrolo Galatrona (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002  Front Label
            Petrolo Galatrona (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002
            Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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            • Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana 2002  Front Label
              Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana 2002
              Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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            • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2002 Front Label
              Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2002
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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