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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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  • Ornellaia Masseto 1997 Front Label
    Ornellaia Masseto 1997
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Casisano Vigna del Colombaiolo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1997 Front Label
    Casisano Vigna del Colombaiolo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1997
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Antinori Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 1997  Front Label
      Antinori Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 1997
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 1997 Front Label
        Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 1997
        Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Jermann Chardonnay 1997 Front Label
        Jermann Chardonnay 1997
        Chardonnay from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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        • Felsina Fontalloro 1997 Front Label
          Felsina Fontalloro 1997
          Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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        • Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia 1997 Front Label
          Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia 1997
          Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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        • Altesino Montosoli Brunello di Montalcino 1997 Front Label
          Altesino Montosoli Brunello di Montalcino 1997
          Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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          • RP93
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        • Antinori Solaia 1997 Front Label
          Antinori Solaia 1997
          Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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        • Firesteed Barbera d'Asti 1997
          Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Cantele Primitivo 1997
            Primitivo from Italy
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            • Cecchi Vernaccia di San Gimignano 1997 Front Label
              Cecchi Vernaccia di San Gimignano 1997
              Vernaccia from Tuscany, Italy
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              • Castello di Querceto Chianti Classico 1997
                Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
                • WE90
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              • Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 1997 Front Label
                Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 1997
                Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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                • RP92
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              • Bollini Reserve Pinot Grigio 1997 Front Label
                Bollini Reserve Pinot Grigio 1997
                Pinot Gris/Grigio from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                • Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva 1997 Front Label
                  Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva 1997
                  Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                • Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 1997
                  Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                  • Barone Ricasoli Castello di Brolio Chianti Classico 1997 Front Label
                    Barone Ricasoli Castello di Brolio Chianti Classico 1997
                    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                  • Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico 1997
                    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                    • Feudi di San Gregorio Serpico 1997
                      Aglianico from Italy
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                      • Antinori Pian Delle Vigne Brunello Di Montalcino 1997 Front Label
                        Antinori Pian Delle Vigne Brunello Di Montalcino 1997
                        Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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                      • Giovanni Corino Barolo Vigna Giachini 1997 Front Label
                        Giovanni Corino Barolo Vigna Giachini 1997
                        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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                      • Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1997 Front Label
                        Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1997
                        Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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                      • Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 1997
                        Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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                        • RP91
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                      • Aldo Conterno Bussiador Chardonnay 1997 Front Label
                        Aldo Conterno Bussiador Chardonnay 1997
                        Chardonnay from Piedmont, Italy
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