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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 wines. 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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  • Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino 1995 Front Label
    Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino 1995
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Taurino Patriglione 1995 Front Label
    Taurino Patriglione 1995
    Other Red Blends from Italy
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  • Valdicava Madonna del Piano Brunello di Montalcino Riserva  1995 Front Label
    Valdicava Madonna del Piano Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1995
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1995 Front Label
    Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1995
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Fattoria Le Pupille Elisabetta Geppetti Saffredi 1995 Front Label
    Fattoria Le Pupille Elisabetta Geppetti Saffredi 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 1995 Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Case Basse di Gianfranco Soldera Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1995
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995 Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Argiolas Turriga 1995
    Other Red Blends from Sardinia, Italy
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  • Avignonesi Grifi (stained labels) 1995 Front Label
    Avignonesi Grifi (stained labels) 1995
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Taurino Notarpanaro 1995 Front Label
    Taurino Notarpanaro 1995
    Other Red Blends from Italy
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  • Avignonesi Vin Santo di Montepulciano (375ML Half-bottle) 1995
    Other Dessert from Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy
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