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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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    Petrolo Galatrona 2004
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Gaja Sugarille Brunello di Montalcino 2004 Front Label
    Gaja Sugarille Brunello di Montalcino 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto 2004 Front Label
    Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2004  Front Label
    Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2004  Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Podere La Vigna Brunello di Montalcino 2004 Front Label
    Podere La Vigna Brunello di Montalcino 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Renato Ratti Marcenasco Barolo 2004 Front Label
    Renato Ratti Marcenasco Barolo 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata Riserva 2004 Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata Riserva 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2004 Front Label
    Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • La Spinetta Barbaresco Vursu Vigneto Starderi 2004 Front Label
    La Spinetta Barbaresco Vursu Vigneto Starderi 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Cantina del Pino Ovello Barbaresco (1.5L Magnum) 2004 Front Label
    Cantina del Pino Ovello Barbaresco (1.5L Magnum) 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • La Spinetta Barbaresco Gallina 2004 Front Label
    La Spinetta Barbaresco Gallina 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Terredora di Paolo Pago Dei Fusi Taurasi 2004  Front Label
    Terredora di Paolo Pago Dei Fusi Taurasi 2004
    Aglianico from Italy
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  • Giovanni Corino Barolo Arborina 2004 Front Label
    Giovanni Corino Barolo Arborina 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004 Front Label
    Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004 Front Label
    Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 2004 Front Label
    Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi 2004  Front Label
    Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi 2004
    Aglianico from Campania, Italy
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  • Tenuta Carlina La Togata Brunello di Montalcino 2004  Front Label
    Tenuta Carlina La Togata Brunello di Montalcino 2004
    Barbera from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Fattoria Le Pupille Elisabetta Geppetti Saffredi 2004 Front Label
      Fattoria Le Pupille Elisabetta Geppetti Saffredi 2004
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Ruffino Santedame Romitorio 2004 Front Label
      Ruffino Santedame Romitorio 2004
      Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2004 Front Label
      Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2004
      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Azelia Barolo Bricco Fiasco 2004 Front Label
      Azelia Barolo Bricco Fiasco 2004
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      • La Spinetta Casanova della Spinetta Sezzana 2004  Front Label
        La Spinetta Casanova della Spinetta Sezzana 2004
        Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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        • Cavallotto Barolo Bricco Boschis 2004 Front Label
          Cavallotto Barolo Bricco Boschis 2004
          Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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