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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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  • Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2001 Front Label
    Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2001
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2001 Front Label
    Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2001
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto 2001 Front Label
    Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto 2001
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • RP93
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  • Antinori Solaia 2001 Front Label
    Antinori Solaia 2001
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • WS93
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  • Tenuta Guado al Tasso  2001 Front Label
    Tenuta Guado al Tasso 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 2001 Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 2001
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino 2001 Front Label
    Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino 2001
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • RP95
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  • Antinori Marchese Chianti Classico Riserva 2001 Front Label
    Antinori Marchese Chianti Classico Riserva 2001
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • RP90
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  • Gaja Barbaresco 2001 Front Label
    Gaja Barbaresco 2001
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    • WE92
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  • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli 2001 Front Label
    Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli 2001
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Santadi Cala Silente Vermentino 2001
    Vermentino from Italy
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  • Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2001  Front Label
    Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • RP95
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  • Falesco Montiano 2001 Front Label
    Falesco Montiano 2001
    Merlot from Italy
    • RP93
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto 2001 Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto 2001
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Ornellaia  2001 Front Label
    Ornellaia 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Felsina Vin Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2001 Front Label
    Felsina Vin Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2001
    Other Dessert from Tuscany, Italy
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    • RP94
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  • Di Majo Norante Montepulciano Don Luigi 2001 Front Label
    Di Majo Norante Montepulciano Don Luigi 2001
    Other Red Blends from Italy
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    • WS90
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  • Mazzei Fonterutoli Siepi 2001 Front Label
    Mazzei Fonterutoli Siepi 2001
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • WS92
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  • Lamborghini Campoleone 2001 Front Label
    Lamborghini Campoleone 2001
    Other Red Blends from Italy
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  • Gaja Rennina Brunello di Montalcino 2001 Front Label
    Gaja Rennina Brunello di Montalcino 2001
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • RP92
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  • Le Macchiole Scrio 2001 Front Label
    Le Macchiole Scrio 2001
    Syrah/Shiraz from Tuscany, Italy
    • RP95
    • WS91
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  • Tasca d'Almerita Regaleali Nero d'Avola 2001 Front Label
    Tasca d'Almerita Regaleali Nero d'Avola 2001
    Nero d'Avola from Italy
    • RP86
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  • Coppo Camp du Rouss Barbera d'Asti 2001 Front Label
    Coppo Camp du Rouss Barbera d'Asti 2001
    Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
    • RP87
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  • Gaja Sori San Lorenzo 2001 Front Label
    Gaja Sori San Lorenzo 2001
    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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    • RP95
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  • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2001 Front Label
    Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2001
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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