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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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  • Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2010 Front Label
    Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2010
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  • Gaja Ca'Marcanda Magari (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Donatella Cinelli Colombini Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2010 Front Label
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    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Banfi Rosso di Montalcino 2010 Front Label
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  • Zenato Amarone (375ML half-bottle) 2010 Front Label
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    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Fossacolle Brunello di Montalcino 2010
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  • La Gerla Brunello di Montalcino 2010 Front Label
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  • Mastrojanni Brunello di Montalcino 2010 Front Label
    Mastrojanni Brunello di Montalcino 2010
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  • Podernuovo a Palazzone Therra 2010 Front Label
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  • Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin 2010 Front Label
    Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin 2010
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Livio Sassetti Brunello di Montalcino Pertimali 2010
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Querciabella Camartina 2010
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    Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2010
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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