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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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  • Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2004  Front Label
    Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto 2004 Front Label
    Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2004 Front Bottle Shot
    Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2004
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2004  Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2004
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Renato Ratti Rocche dell'Annunziata Barolo 2004 Front Label
    Renato Ratti Rocche dell'Annunziata Barolo 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Altesino Rosso di Montalcino 2004 Front Label
    Altesino Rosso di Montalcino 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Cantina del Pino Ovello Barbaresco 2004 Front Label
    Cantina del Pino Ovello Barbaresco 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino 2004 Front Label
    Conti Costanti Brunello di Montalcino 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ceretto Bricco Rocche Barolo 2004 Front Label
    Ceretto Bricco Rocche Barolo 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Gaja Barbaresco 2004  Front Label
    Gaja Barbaresco 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Avignonesi Avignonesi Rosso 2004 Front Label
    Avignonesi Avignonesi Rosso 2004
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Zenato Cresasso 2004 Front Label
    Zenato Cresasso 2004
    Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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  • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2004 Front Label
    Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • La Spinetta Sassontino 2004 Front Label
    La Spinetta Sassontino 2004
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Terredora di Paolo Fatica Contadina Taurasi 2004 Front Label
    Terredora di Paolo Fatica Contadina Taurasi 2004
    Aglianico from Italy
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  • Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto 2004  Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Banfi Magna Cum Laude 2004 Front Label
    Banfi Magna Cum Laude 2004
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Cavallotto Barolo Bricco Boschis 2004 Front Label
    Cavallotto Barolo Bricco Boschis 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato 2004 Front Label
    Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004 Front Label
    Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Marcarini Barolo La Serra 2004 Front Label
    Marcarini Barolo La Serra 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Jermann Capo Martino 2004 Front Label
    Jermann Capo Martino 2004
    Other White Blends from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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  • Giovanni Corino Barolo Arborina 2004 Front Label
    Giovanni Corino Barolo Arborina 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Galardi Roccamonfina Terra di Lavoro 2004 Front Label
    Galardi Roccamonfina Terra di Lavoro 2004
    Other Red Blends from Italy
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  • Baglio di Pianetto Ramione 2004 Front Label
    Baglio di Pianetto Ramione 2004
    Other Red Blends from Sicily, Italy
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