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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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  • Vite Colte Barbaresco Spezie Riserva 2008  Front Label
    Vite Colte Barbaresco Spezie Riserva 2008
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Salvatore Molettieri Taurasi Vigna Cinque Querce 2008 Front Label
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  • Felsina Vin Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2008  Front Label
    Felsina Vin Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2008
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      • Tenuta Guado al Tasso  2008 Front Label
        Tenuta Guado al Tasso 2008
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      • Tenuta Luce  2008  Front Label
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      • Pio Cesare Barolo 2008 Front Label
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      • Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
        Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
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      • Le Chiuse Brunello di Montalcino 2008 Front Label
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      • Masi Costasera Amarone Classico 2008 Front Label
        Masi Costasera Amarone Classico 2008
        Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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      • Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
        Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2008 Front Label
        Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2008
        Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Tenuta Marsiliana Maremma Toscana 2008 Front Label
        Tenuta Marsiliana Maremma Toscana 2008
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      • Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis 2008 Front Label
        Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis 2008
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Paolo Scavino Barolo (scuffed labels) 2008 Front Label
        Paolo Scavino Barolo (scuffed labels) 2008
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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        Damilano 1752 Barolo Cannubi Riserva 2008
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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        Caiarossa 2008
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      • Barone Ricasoli Colledila Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2008 Front Label
        Barone Ricasoli Colledila Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2008
        Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Terrabianca Campaccio Riserva 2008 Front Label
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        Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Vitanza Firma Brunello di Montalcino 2008 Front Label
        Vitanza Firma Brunello di Montalcino 2008
        Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 2008 Front Label
        Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 2008
        Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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        Gabbiano Alleanza 2008
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        • Marchesi di Barolo Tradizione Barolo 2008 Front Label
          Marchesi di Barolo Tradizione Barolo 2008
          Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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          Elio Altare Barolo Cerretta 2008
          Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Ferrari Perle 2008 Front Label
          Ferrari Perle 2008
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        • Ornellaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
          Ornellaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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