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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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  • Speri Sant'Urbano Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2006 Front Label
    Speri Sant'Urbano Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2006
    Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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  • Bastianich Tocai Friulano Plus 2006 Front Label
    Bastianich Tocai Friulano Plus 2006
    Friulano from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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  • Tenuta di Biserno Coronato 2006 Front Label
    Tenuta di Biserno Coronato 2006
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  • Castello di Querceto Chianti Classico Riserva Il Picchio 2006 Front Label
    Castello di Querceto Chianti Classico Riserva Il Picchio 2006
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Michele Chiarlo Barolo Tortoniano 2006 Front Label
    Michele Chiarlo Barolo Tortoniano 2006
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Nicodemi Notari Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane 2006 Front Label
    Nicodemi Notari Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane 2006
    Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
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  • Tolaini Valdisanti Toscana 2006 Front Label
    Tolaini Valdisanti Toscana 2006
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  • Sandrone Valmaggiore Nebbiolo d'Alba 2006 Front Label
    Sandrone Valmaggiore Nebbiolo d'Alba 2006
    Nebbiolo from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Riserva 2006 Front Label
    Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Riserva 2006
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Feudi di San Gregorio Greco di Tufo 2006 Front Label
    Feudi di San Gregorio Greco di Tufo 2006
    Greco from Italy
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  • Salicutti Brunello di Montalcino Piaggione 2006 Front Label
    Salicutti Brunello di Montalcino Piaggione 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Cannubi (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
    Marchesi di Barolo Barolo Cannubi (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Pieropan Soave Classico La Rocca 2006 Front Label
    Pieropan Soave Classico La Rocca 2006
    Garganega from Soave, Veneto, Italy
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  • Gulfi Nerobufaleffij 2006 Front Label
    Gulfi Nerobufaleffij 2006
    Nero d'Avola from Sicily, Italy
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  • Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006 Front Label
    Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Dal Forno Romano Amarone della Valpolicella 2006 Front Label
    Dal Forno Romano Amarone della Valpolicella 2006
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  • Altesino Montosoli Brunello di Montalcino 2006 Front Label
    Altesino Montosoli Brunello di Montalcino 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Passopisciaro Passopisciaro 2006 Front Label
    Passopisciaro Passopisciaro 2006
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  • Petrolo Galatrona (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
    Petrolo Galatrona (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Orma Toscana 2006 Front Label
    Orma Toscana 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Luigi Einaudi Barolo Cannubi 2006 Front Label
    Luigi Einaudi Barolo Cannubi 2006
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2006 Front Label
    Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Santadi Carignano del Sulcis Riserva Rocca Rubia 2006 Front Label
    Santadi Carignano del Sulcis Riserva Rocca Rubia 2006
    Carignan from Sardinia, Italy
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  • Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino 2006 Front Label
    Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Mastrojanni Brunello di Montalcino 2006 Front Label
    Mastrojanni Brunello di Montalcino 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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