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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 San Guido Sassicaia 2006 Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova (scuffed label) 2006 Front Label
    Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova (scuffed label) 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2006 Front Label
    Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ornellaia Masseto 2006  Front Label
    Ornellaia Masseto 2006
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra 2006  Front Label
    Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra 2006
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Masi Costasera Amarone Classico 2006 Front Label
    Masi Costasera Amarone Classico 2006
    Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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  • Montevertine Le Pergole Torte 2006 Front Label
    Montevertine Le Pergole Torte 2006
    Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • WS92
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  • Terredora di Paolo Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio Rosso 2006 Front Label
    Terredora di Paolo Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio Rosso 2006
    Other Red Wine from Campania, Italy
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  • Pio Cesare Barolo 2006 Front Label
    Pio Cesare Barolo 2006
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino 2006 Front Label
    Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • WE92
    • JS90
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  • Isole e Olena Cepparello 2006 Front Label
    Isole e Olena Cepparello 2006
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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    • D95
    • WS92
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  • Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione 2006 Front Label
    Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione 2006
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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    • RP94
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  • Tenuta Luce Brunello di Montalcino 2006 Front Label
    Tenuta Luce Brunello di Montalcino 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • La Serena Brunello di Montalcino 2006 Front Label
    La Serena Brunello di Montalcino 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • RP93
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  • Fratelli Revello Barolo 2006 Front Label
    Fratelli Revello Barolo 2006
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
    • WS93
    • RP90
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  • San Giusto a Rentennano Percarlo 2006 Front Label
    San Giusto a Rentennano Percarlo 2006
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Capanna Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006 Front Label
    Capanna Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • RP93
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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric 2006 Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric 2006
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • JS91
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  • Cecchi Chianti Classico 2006 Front Label
    Cecchi Chianti Classico 2006
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tedeschi Amarone della Valpolicella 2006 Front Label
    Tedeschi Amarone della Valpolicella 2006
    Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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  • Vietti Barbera d'Alba Tre Vigne 2006 Front Label
    Vietti Barbera d'Alba Tre Vigne 2006
    Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Asinone 2006 Front Label
    Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Asinone 2006
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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    • WS90
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  • Lamborghini Campoleone 2006 Front Label
    Lamborghini Campoleone 2006
    Other Red Blends from Italy
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    • WS90
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  • Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra 2006 Front Label
    Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra 2006
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
    • RP95
    • WS92
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  • Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi Riserva 2006 Front Label
    Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi Riserva 2006
    Aglianico from Campania, Italy
    • RP95
    • W&S90
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