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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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  • Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2003  Front Label
    Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Antinori Tignanello 2003  Front Label
    Antinori Tignanello 2003
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 2003 Front Label
    Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 2003
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tiefenbrunner Sauvignon Blanc 2003
    Sauvignon Blanc from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • Capannelle Chianti Classico Riserva 2003 Front Label
    Capannelle Chianti Classico Riserva 2003
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2003 Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 2003 Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 2003
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Vietti Barbera d'Asti La Crena 2003 Front Label
    Vietti Barbera d'Asti La Crena 2003
    Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Argiolas Costamolino Vermentino 2003 Front Label
    Argiolas Costamolino Vermentino 2003
    Vermentino from Sardinia, Italy
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  • Terrabianca Campaccio 2003 Front Label
    Terrabianca Campaccio 2003
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 2003  Front Label
    Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 2003
    Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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  • Elio Altare La Villa Vino da Tavola 2003 Front Label
    Elio Altare La Villa Vino da Tavola 2003
    Other Red Blends from Piedmont, Italy
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  • Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2003 Front Label
    Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2003
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2003  Front Label
    Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2003
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino 2003 Front Label
    Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino 2003
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Petrolo Galatrona 2003 Front Label
    Petrolo Galatrona 2003
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ruffino Santedame Romitorio 2003 Front Label
    Ruffino Santedame Romitorio 2003
    Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato 2003 Front Label
    Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato 2003
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • RP92
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  • Gaja Barbaresco 2003 Front Label
    Gaja Barbaresco 2003
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Zenato Lugana 2003 Front Label
    Zenato Lugana 2003
    Other White Blends from Veneto, Italy
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  • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli 2003 Front Label
    Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli 2003
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Quorum Barbera d'Asti 2003 Front Label
    Quorum Barbera d'Asti 2003
    Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Solaria Patrizia Cencioni Brunello di Montalcino 2003 Front Label
    Solaria Patrizia Cencioni Brunello di Montalcino 2003
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Marcarini Barolo Brunate 2003 Front Label
    Marcarini Barolo Brunate 2003
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Domenico Clerico Barolo Pajana 2003  Front Label
    Domenico Clerico Barolo Pajana 2003
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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