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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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  • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2003  Front Label
    Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2003
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Capannelle Chianti Classico Riserva 2003 Front Label
    Capannelle Chianti Classico Riserva 2003
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 2003 Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 2003
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Anselmi San Vincenzo 2003 Front Label
    Anselmi San Vincenzo 2003
    Other White Blends from Veneto, Italy
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  • Tiefenbrunner Sauvignon Blanc 2003
    Sauvignon Blanc from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • Vietti Barbera d'Asti La Crena 2003 Front Label
    Vietti Barbera d'Asti La Crena 2003
    Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Elio Altare La Villa Vino da Tavola 2003 Front Label
    Elio Altare La Villa Vino da Tavola 2003
    Other Red Blends from Piedmont, Italy
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  • Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 2003 Front Label
    Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 2003
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2003  Front Label
    Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ruffino Santedame Romitorio 2003 Front Label
    Ruffino Santedame Romitorio 2003
    Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2003 Front Label
    Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2003
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Altesino Montosoli Brunello di Montalcino 2003  Front Label
    Altesino Montosoli Brunello di Montalcino 2003
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Quorum Barbera d'Asti 2003 Front Label
    Quorum Barbera d'Asti 2003
    Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Gaja Barbaresco 2003 Front Label
    Gaja Barbaresco 2003
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2003 Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 2003 Front Label
    Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 2003
    Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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    Salicutti Brunello di Montalcino Piaggione 2003
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli 2003 Front Label
    Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli 2003
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Marcarini Barolo Brunate 2003 Front Label
    Marcarini Barolo Brunate 2003
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Falesco Vitiano Bianco 2003 Front Label
    Falesco Vitiano Bianco 2003
    Other White Blends from Italy
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  • Di Majo Norante Sangiovese 2003 Front Label
    Di Majo Norante Sangiovese 2003
    Sangiovese from Italy
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  • Falesco Vitiano Rosso 2003 Front Label
    Falesco Vitiano Rosso 2003
    Other Red Blends from Italy
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  • Coldisole Brunello di Montalcino 2003 Front Label
    Coldisole Brunello di Montalcino 2003
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato 2003 Front Label
    Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato 2003
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric 2003
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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