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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 Madonna del Piano Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Falesco Marciliano 2004 Front Label
    Falesco Marciliano 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Italy
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  • Zenato Cresasso 2004 Front Label
    Zenato Cresasso 2004
    Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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  • Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2004  Front Label
    Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino 2004 Front Label
    Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (375ML half-bottle) 2004 Front Label
    Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (375ML half-bottle) 2004
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Avignonesi Avignonesi Rosso 2004 Front Label
    Avignonesi Avignonesi Rosso 2004
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2004  Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • La Spinetta Sassontino 2004 Front Label
    La Spinetta Sassontino 2004
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2004 Front Label
    Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Jermann Capo Martino 2004 Front Label
    Jermann Capo Martino 2004
    Other White Blends from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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  • Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Reserva 2004 Front Label
    Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Reserva 2004
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Giovanni Corino Barolo Arborina 2004 Front Label
    Giovanni Corino Barolo Arborina 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Cavallotto Barolo Bricco Boschis 2004 Front Label
    Cavallotto Barolo Bricco Boschis 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Luigi Pira Barolo Vigna Rionda 2004 Front Label
    Luigi Pira Barolo Vigna Rionda 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Baglio di Pianetto Ramione 2004 Front Label
    Baglio di Pianetto Ramione 2004
    Other Red Blends from Sicily, Italy
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  • Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004 Front Label
    Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Marcarini Barolo La Serra 2004 Front Label
    Marcarini Barolo La Serra 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004 Front Label
    Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Nino Negri Sforzato di Valtellina 5 Stelle 2004 Front Label
    Nino Negri Sforzato di Valtellina 5 Stelle 2004
    Nebbiolo from Italy
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  • Pio Cesare Barbera d'Alba 2004 Front Label
    Pio Cesare Barbera d'Alba 2004
    Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Le Macchiole Scrio 2004 Front Label
    Le Macchiole Scrio 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Renato Ratti Rocche dell'Annunziata Barolo 2004 Front Label
    Renato Ratti Rocche dell'Annunziata Barolo 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Cantina del Pino Ovello Barbaresco 2004 Front Label
    Cantina del Pino Ovello Barbaresco 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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