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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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  • Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Rabaja 1998  Front Label
    Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Rabaja 1998
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Castello di Bossi Girolamo 1998  Front Label
    Castello di Bossi Girolamo 1998
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Castello dei Rampolla d'Alceo 1998  Front Label
      Castello dei Rampolla d'Alceo 1998
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Argiano Solengo 1998 Front Label
      Argiano Solengo 1998
      Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Ornellaia  1998 Front Label
      Ornellaia 1998
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Reserva 1998 Front Label
      Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Reserva 1998
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Fattoria dei Barbi Rosso dei Barbi 1998
      Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 1998 Front Label
        Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 1998
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Castello di Albola Chianti Classico 1998
        Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili 1998 Front Label
        Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili 1998
        Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Banfi Estate Bottled Flask Chianti 1998 Front Label
        Banfi Estate Bottled Flask Chianti 1998
        Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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        • Cantele Primitivo 1998
          Primitivo from Italy
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          • Cecchi Orvieto 1998 Front Label
            Cecchi Orvieto 1998
            Other White Blends from Italy
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            • Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 1998
              Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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              • Michele Chiarlo Le Orme Barbera d'Asti 1998 Front Label
                Michele Chiarlo Le Orme Barbera d'Asti 1998
                Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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              • Castello di Monastero Chianti Classico 1998
                Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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              • San Quirico Vernaccia di San Gimignano 1998 Front Label
                San Quirico Vernaccia di San Gimignano 1998
                Vernaccia from Tuscany, Italy
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                • Ruffino Lodola Nuova Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 1998
                  Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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                  • Marco Felluga Tocai Friulano 1998 Front Label
                    Marco Felluga Tocai Friulano 1998
                    Friulano from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                    • Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Riserva 1998
                      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                      • Gabbiano Chianti Classico Riserva 1998
                        Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                        • Ruffino Santedame Chianti Classico 1998
                          Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                          • Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico 1998
                            Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                          • Antinori Peppoli Chianti Classico 1998
                            Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                          • Produttori del Barbaresco Nebbiolo delle Langhe 1998
                            Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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