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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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    Salvatore Molettieri Taurasi Vigna Cinque Querce 2008
    Aglianico from Campania, Italy
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    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Fontanafredda La Rosa Barolo 2008 Front Label
    Fontanafredda La Rosa Barolo 2008
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo 2008 Front Label
    Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo 2008
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tolaini Valdisanti Toscana 2008 Front Label
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    Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    Zenato Valpolicella Superiore Ripassa 2008
    Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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  • La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2008 Front Label
    La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2008
    Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
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  • Pio Cesare Barolo 2008 Front Label
    Pio Cesare Barolo 2008
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    G.D. Vajra Langhe Freisa Kye 2008
    Other Red Blends from Piedmont, Italy
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  • Brancaia Tre 2008 Front Label
    Brancaia Tre 2008
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Il Feuduccio Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2008
    Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
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    Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Ovello Riserva 2008
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2008 Front Label
    Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Antinori Villa Toscana 2008 Front Label
    Antinori Villa Toscana 2008
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    I Greppi Bolgheri Greppicante 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Pieropan Soave Classico La Rocca 2008 Front Label
    Pieropan Soave Classico La Rocca 2008
    Garganega from Soave, Veneto, Italy
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  • Vietti Barbera d'Alba Tre Vigne 2008 Front Label
    Vietti Barbera d'Alba Tre Vigne 2008
    Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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    Tedeschi San Rocco Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2008
    Other Red Wine from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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    Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2008
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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    Marco De Bartoli Bukkuram Padre della Vigne (500ML) 2008
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    • Giacomo Mori Chianti 2008 Front Label
      Giacomo Mori Chianti 2008
      Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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      Gaja Ca'Marcanda Magari 2008
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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      Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia (375ML half-bottle) 2008
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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