Learn about Italian wine, common tasting notes, where the region is and more ...
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.
Ornellaia Masseto 1997Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
Casisano Vigna del Colombaiolo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1997Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Antinori Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 1997Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, ItalyCurrently Unavailable $24.49Try the 2016 Vintage 31 9924 4924 49Save $0.00 (0%)
Jermann Chardonnay 1997Chardonnay from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Felsina Fontalloro 1997Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia 1997Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Firesteed Barbera d'Asti 1997Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Cecchi Vernaccia di San Gimignano 1997Vernaccia from Tuscany, Italy
Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 1997Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Bollini Reserve Pinot Grigio 1997Pinot Gris/Grigio from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Barone Ricasoli Castello di Brolio Chianti Classico 1997Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico 1997Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Antinori Pian Delle Vigne Brunello Di Montalcino 1997Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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Giovanni Corino Barolo Vigna Giachini 1997Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1997Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Aldo Conterno Bussiador Chardonnay 1997Chardonnay from Piedmont, Italy