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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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  • Bertani Amarone Classico 1988  Front Label
    Bertani Amarone Classico 1988
    Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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    • Lungarotti Rubesco Riserva 1988 Front Label
      Lungarotti Rubesco Riserva Vigna Monticchio 1988
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      • Lungarotti San Giorgio (Cabernet Sauvignon/Sangiovese) 1988
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        • Ornellaia  1988 Front Label
          Ornellaia 1988
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Antinori Tignanello 1988 Front Label
            Antinori Tignanello 1988
            Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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          • Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Gallina (signs of past seepage) 1988 Front Label
            Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Gallina (signs of past seepage) 1988
            Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Fontanafredda Barolo 1988 Front Label
              Fontanafredda Barolo 1988
              Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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              • Gaja Sori San Lorenzo 1988 Front Label
                Gaja Sori San Lorenzo 1988
                Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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                • Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino Rouge 1988  Front Label
                  Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino Rouge 1988
                  Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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                  • Pio Cesare Barolo 1988  Front Label
                    Pio Cesare Barolo 1988
                    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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                    • Gaja Barbaresco 1988  Front Label
                      Gaja Barbaresco 1988
                      Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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                      • Gaja Langhe Sperss 1988  Front Label
                        Gaja Langhe Sperss 1988
                        Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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                        • Contini Vernaccia di Oristano Riserva 1988 Front Label
                          Contini Vernaccia di Oristano Riserva 1988
                          Vernaccia from Sardinia, Italy
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