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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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  • Le Macchiole Paleo 1998 Front Label
    Le Macchiole Paleo 1998
    Cabernet Franc from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Argiano Rosso di Montalcino 1998 Front Label
    Argiano Rosso di Montalcino 1998
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  • Di Majo Norante Riserva Ramitello Rosso 1998 Front Label
    Di Majo Norante Riserva Ramitello Rosso 1998
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  • La Carraia Fobiano 1998 Front Label
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  • Falesco Merlot Umbria 1998 Front Label
    Falesco Merlot Umbria 1998
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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 1998 Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Asinone 1998
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione 1998
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Paneretta Chianti Classico 1998 Front Label
    Paneretta Chianti Classico 1998
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Allegrini La Grola 1998
    Corvina from Veneto, Italy
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  • Altesino Quarto d'Altesi 1998 Front Label
    Altesino Quarto d'Altesi 1998
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  • Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico 1998
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Castello di Monsanto Il Poggio Chianti Classico Riserva 1998 Front Label
    Castello di Monsanto Il Poggio Chianti Classico Riserva 1998
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Travaglini Gattinara Tre Vigne 1998 Front Label
    Travaglini Gattinara Tre Vigne 1998
    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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  • La Palazzola Rubino 1998 Front Label
    La Palazzola Rubino 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Italy
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  • Antinori Marchese Chianti Classico Riserva 1998
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Maculan Riale Chardonnnay 1998 Front Label
    Maculan Riale Chardonnnay 1998
    Chardonnay from Veneto, Italy
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  • La Braccesca Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 1998
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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    Altesino Alte di Altesi 1998
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  • Zenato Amarone 1998 Front Label
    Zenato Amarone 1998
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  • Librandi Rosso Gravello 1998
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  • Argiolas Turriga 1998
    Other Red Blends from Sardinia, Italy
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  • Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino 1998  Front Label
    Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino 1998
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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