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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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  • Neirano Barbera D'Asti 1994
    Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Boscaini Santo Stefano 1994 Front Label
      Boscaini Santo Stefano 1994
      Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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      • Argiolas Costera 1994
        Grenache from Sardinia, Italy
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        • Aldo Conterno Bussia Soprana Barolo 1994 Front Label
          Aldo Conterno Bussia Soprana Barolo 1994
          Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Rotari Riserva Brut 1994
            Vintage Sparkling Wine from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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            • Lungarotti VinoSanto 1994 Front Label
              Lungarotti VinoSanto 1994
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              • Bolla Creso 1994
                Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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                • Righetti Amarone 1994 Front Label
                  Righetti Amarone 1994
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                  • Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva 1994 Front Label
                    Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva 1994
                    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                    • Banfi Belnero Pinot Nero 1994
                      Pinot Noir from Tuscany, Italy
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                      • Cecchi Villa Cerna Chianti 1994 Front Label
                        Cecchi Villa Cerna Chianti 1994
                        Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                        • Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 1994 Front Label
                          Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 1994
                          Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                        • Gabbiano Chianti Classico Riserva Oro 1994 Front Label
                          Gabbiano Chianti Classico Riserva Oro 1994
                          Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                          • Castello Vicchiomaggio Chianti Classico Reserve Petri 1994
                            Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                            • Barone Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico Riserva 1994 Front Label
                              Barone Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico Riserva 1994
                              Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                            • Castello di Volpaia Coltassala 1994 Front Label
                              Castello di Volpaia Coltassala 1994
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                              • Castellare Vin Santo 1994
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                                  • Castello di Volpaia Balficio 1994 Front Label
                                    Castello di Volpaia Balficio 1994
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                                    • Barone Ricasoli Casalferro 1994 Front Label
                                      Barone Ricasoli Casalferro 1994
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                                      • Michele Chiarlo Barolo 1994
                                        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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                                        • Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva 1994 Front Label
                                          Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva 1994
                                          Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                                          • Cantina di Montalcino Brunello di Montalcino 1994 Front Label
                                            Cantina di Montalcino Brunello di Montalcino 1994
                                            Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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                                            • Tiefenbrunner Cabernet Sauvignon Linticlarus 1994 Front Label
                                              Tiefenbrunner Cabernet Sauvignon Linticlarus 1994
                                              Cabernet Sauvignon from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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                                              • Bruno Giacosa Spumante Extra Brut 1994 Front Label
                                                Bruno Giacosa Spumante Extra Brut 1994
                                                Vintage Sparkling Wine from Piedmont, Italy
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                                                • Fattorie Melini Coltri Vineyard 1 1994 Front Label
                                                  Fattorie Melini Coltri Vineyard 1 1994
                                                  Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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