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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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  • Il Vescovino Il Merlotto 1997
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Taurino Notarpanaro 1997 Front Label
    Taurino Notarpanaro 1997
    Other Red Blends from Italy
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  • Le Potazzine Gorelli Brunello di Montalcino 1997 Front Label
    Le Potazzine Gorelli Brunello di Montalcino 1997
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1997 Front Label
    Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1997
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • La Campana Brunello di Montalcino 1997 Front Label
    La Campana Brunello di Montalcino 1997
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Parusso Bussia Vigna Rocche 1997 Front Label
    Parusso Bussia Vigna Rocche 1997
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Riecine La Gioia Vino da Tavola 1997 Front Label
    Riecine La Gioia Vino da Tavola 1997
    Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Allegrini Amarone 1997 Front Label
    Allegrini Amarone 1997
    Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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  • Allegrini La Poja 1997
    Corvina from Veneto, Italy
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Cannubi 1997 Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Cannubi 1997
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Ornellaia  1997 Front Label
    Ornellaia 1997
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Aurelio Settimo Rocche Barolo 1997 Front Label
    Aurelio Settimo Rocche Barolo 1997
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Fattoria La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino 1997 Front Label
    Fattoria La Fiorita Brunello di Montalcino 1997
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo 1997 Front Label
    Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo 1997
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Livio Sassetti Brunello di Montalcino Pertimali 1997 Front Label
    Livio Sassetti Brunello di Montalcino Pertimali 1997
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra 1997 Front Label
    Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra 1997
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric 1997 Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric 1997
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Argiano Solengo 1997 Front Label
    Argiano Solengo 1997
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 1997 Front Label
    Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 1997
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Castello di Monsanto Il Poggio Chianti Classico Riserva 1997
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Reserva 1997
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tua Rita Redigaffi 1997  Front Label
    Tua Rita Redigaffi 1997
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 1997
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino 1997 Front Label
    Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino 1997
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Silvio Grasso Barolo Bricco Luciani 1997 Front Label
    Silvio Grasso Barolo Bricco Luciani 1997
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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