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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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  • Valdicava Madonna del Piano Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Dal Forno Romano Passito Vigna Sere  (375ML half-bottle) 2004  Front Label
    Dal Forno Romano Passito Vigna Sere (375ML half-bottle) 2004
    Other Dessert from Veneto, Italy
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  • Antinori Tignanello 2004 Front Label
    Antinori Tignanello 2004
    Tuscan Blends 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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  • Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2004  Front Label
    Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto 2004 Front Label
    Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ornellaia  2004 Front Label
    Ornellaia 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, 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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  • Altesino Rosso di Montalcino 2004 Front Label
    Altesino Rosso 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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  • Ceretto Bricco Rocche Barolo 2004 Front Label
    Ceretto Bricco Rocche Barolo 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, 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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  • Argiolas Costamolino Vermentino 2004 Front Label
    Argiolas Costamolino Vermentino 2004
    Vermentino from Sardinia, Italy
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  • Gaja Barbaresco 2004  Front Label
    Gaja Barbaresco 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Avignonesi Avignonesi Rosso 2004 Front Label
    Avignonesi Avignonesi Rosso 2004
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Zenato Cresasso 2004 Front Label
    Zenato Cresasso 2004
    Other Red Blends from Veneto, 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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  • La Spinetta Sassontino 2004 Front Label
    La Spinetta Sassontino 2004
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Banfi Magna Cum Laude 2004 Front Label
    Banfi Magna Cum Laude 2004
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto 2004  Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto 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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  • Giovanni Corino Barolo Arborina 2004 Front Label
    Giovanni Corino Barolo Arborina 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, 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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  • Marcarini Barolo La Serra 2004 Front Label
    Marcarini Barolo La Serra 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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