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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 2006
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ferrari Giulio Ferrari Riserva del Fondatore 2006 Front Label
    Ferrari Giulio Ferrari Riserva del Fondatore 2006
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  • Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino 2006 Front Label
    Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino 2006
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    Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006
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    Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova (scuffed label) 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Aglianico from Campania, Italy
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      Negroamaro from Italy
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        Felsina Vin Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2006
        Other Dessert from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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          Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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          Other Red Blends from Sicily, Italy
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        • Il Poggione Vin Santo (500ML) 2006 Front Label
          Il Poggione Vin Santo (500ML) 2006
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          • Capanna Brunello di Montalcino 2006 Front Label
            Capanna Brunello di Montalcino 2006
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            Fattoria La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006
            Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Badia a Coltibuono Vin Santo Occhio di Pernice (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
            Badia a Coltibuono Vin Santo Occhio di Pernice (375ML half-bottle) 2006
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            Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia 2006
            Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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