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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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  • Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 2003  Front Label
    Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 2003
    Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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  • Gaja Ca'Marcanda Promis 2003 Front Label
    Gaja Ca'Marcanda Promis 2003
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Galardi Roccamonfina Terra di Lavoro 2003 Front Label
      Galardi Roccamonfina Terra di Lavoro 2003
      Other Red Blends from Campania, Italy
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    • Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra (scuffed label) 2003  Front Label
      Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra (scuffed label) 2003
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Domenico Clerico Barolo Pajana 2003  Front Label
      Domenico Clerico Barolo Pajana 2003
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Feudi di San Gregorio Serpico 2003 Front Label
        Feudi di San Gregorio Serpico 2003
        Aglianico from Campania, Italy
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      • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2003  Front Label
        Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2003
        Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Ornellaia  2003 Front Label
        Ornellaia 2003
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2003 Front Label
        Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2003
        Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Antinori Tignanello 2003 Front Label
        Antinori Tignanello 2003
        Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Petrolo Galatrona 2003 Front Label
        Petrolo Galatrona 2003
        Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2003  Front Label
        Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2003
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Marcarini Barolo Brunate 2003 Front Label
        Marcarini Barolo Brunate 2003
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Brancaia Ilatraia 2003  Front Label
        Brancaia Ilatraia 2003
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Mazzei Fonterutoli Siepi 2003 Front Label
        Mazzei Fonterutoli Siepi 2003
        Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Damilano Barolo Lecinquevigne Riserva 2003  Front Label
        Damilano Barolo Lecinquevigne Riserva 2003
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Fattoria La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2003 Front Label
          Fattoria La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2003
          Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia 2003  Front Label
            Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia 2003
            Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto 2003  Front Label
            Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto 2003
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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            • Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra 2003 Front Label
              Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra 2003
              Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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              • Belguardo Mazzei 2003 Front Label
                Belguardo Mazzei 2003
                Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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              • Tenuta Sette Ponti Poggio Al Lupo 2003  Front Label
                Tenuta Sette Ponti Poggio Al Lupo 2003
                Cabernet Sauvignon from Tuscany, Italy
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              • Pelissero Barbaresco Tulin 2003 Front Label
                Pelissero Barbaresco Tulin 2003
                Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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                • Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana 2003  Front Label
                  Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana 2003
                  Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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                • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003  Front Label
                  Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2003
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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