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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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  • Nino Negri Sforzato di Valtellina 5 Stelle 2004 Front Label
    Nino Negri Sforzato di Valtellina 5 Stelle 2004
    Nebbiolo from Italy
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  • Le Macchiole Scrio 2004 Front Label
    Le Macchiole Scrio 2004
    Syrah/Shiraz from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Asinone 2004 Front Label
    Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Asinone 2004
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Castello di Querceto Il Querciolaia Colli della Toscana Centrale 2004 Front Label
    Castello di Querceto Il Querciolaia Colli della Toscana Centrale 2004
    Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ruffino Santedame Romitorio 2004 Front Label
    Ruffino Santedame Romitorio 2004
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  • Casanuova delle Cerbaie Brunello di Montalcino 2004 Front Label
    Casanuova delle Cerbaie Brunello di Montalcino 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Pio Cesare Barbaresco 2004 Front Label
    Pio Cesare Barbaresco 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Le Macchiole Paleo 2004 Front Label
    Le Macchiole Paleo 2004
    Cabernet Franc from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Pietranera Brunello di Montalcino 2004 Front Label
    Pietranera Brunello di Montalcino 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Livernano Chianti Classico 2004 Front Label
    Livernano Chianti Classico 2004
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino 2004 Front Label
    Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tormaresca Bocca di Lupo 2004 Front Label
    Tormaresca Bocca di Lupo 2004
    Aglianico from Puglia, Italy
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  • La Massa Giorgio Primo 2004 Front Label
    La Massa Giorgio Primo 2004
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  • Silvio Grasso Barolo Bricco Luciani 2004 Front Label
    Silvio Grasso Barolo Bricco Luciani 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Ceretto Prapo Barolo 2004 Front Label
    Ceretto Prapo Barolo 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004 Front Label
    Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004 Front Label
    Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Salicutti Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004 Front Label
    Salicutti Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Castello della Paneretta Quattrocentenario Toscana 2004 Front Label
    Castello della Paneretta Quattrocentenario Toscana 2004
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Maculan Crosara Breganze 2004 Front Label
    Maculan Crosara Breganze 2004
    Merlot from Veneto, Italy
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  • Lamborghini Campoleone 2004 Front Label
    Lamborghini Campoleone 2004
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  • San Filippo Brunello di Montalcino Le Lucere 2004 Front Label
    San Filippo Brunello di Montalcino Le Lucere 2004
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, 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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  • Pratesi Carmione 2004 Front Label
    Pratesi Carmione 2004
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  • Renato Corino Barolo Vigneto Rocche 2004 Front Label
    Renato Corino Barolo Vigneto Rocche 2004
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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