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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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  • Viticcio Toscana Bere 2008 Front Label
    Viticcio Toscana Bere 2008
    Other 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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  • Abbazia di Novacella Sylvaner 2008 Front Label
    Abbazia di Novacella Sylvaner 2008
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  • Rocca di Frassinello Le Sughere di Frassinello 2008 Front Label
    Rocca di Frassinello Le Sughere di Frassinello 2008
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna Sorbo (1.5 Liter) 2008 Front Label
    Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna Sorbo (1.5 Liter) 2008
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Kofererhof Veltliner Varna 2008 Front Label
    Kofererhof Veltliner Varna 2008
    Other White Blends from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • Castello dei Rampolla d'Alceo 2008  Front Label
    Castello dei Rampolla d'Alceo 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Vignavecchia Chianti Classico Riserva Vigneto Odoardo Beccari 2008 Front Label
    Vignavecchia Chianti Classico Riserva Vigneto Odoardo Beccari 2008
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Cataldi Madonna Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2008 Front Label
    Cataldi Madonna Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2008
    Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
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  • Tramin Pinot Grigio 2008 Front Label
    Tramin Pinot Grigio 2008
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  • Antinori Solaia 2008 Front Label
    Antinori Solaia 2008
    Tuscan 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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  • Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 2008 Front Label
    Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 2008
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • La Massa Giorgio Primo 2008 Front Label
    La Massa Giorgio Primo 2008
    Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Felsina Fontalloro 2008 Front Label
    Felsina Fontalloro 2008
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Jermann Red Angel in the Moonlight Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
    Jermann Red Angel in the Moonlight Pinot Noir 2008
    Pinot Noir from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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  • Terrabianca Chianti Classico Riserva Croce 2008 Front Label
    Terrabianca Chianti Classico Riserva Croce 2008
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, 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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  • Galardi Terra di Lavoro 2008 Front Label
    Galardi Terra di Lavoro 2008
    Aglianico from Campania, Italy
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  • Colosi Nero d'Avola 2008 Front Label
    Colosi Nero d'Avola 2008
    Nero d'Avola from Sicily, Italy
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  • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2008 Front Label
    Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2008
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Pelissero Barbaresco Vanotu 2008 Front Label
    Pelissero Barbaresco Vanotu 2008
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Gagliole Colli della Toscana Centrale 2008 Front Label
    Gagliole Colli della Toscana Centrale 2008
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Giacomo Conterno Monfortino Barolo Riserva 2008 Front Label
    Giacomo Conterno Monfortino Barolo Riserva 2008
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Isole e Olena Cepparello 2008 Front Label
    Isole e Olena Cepparello 2008
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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