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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 wines. 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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  • Antinori Tignanello 1998 Front Label
    Antinori Tignanello 1998
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Allegrini Amarone 1998 Front Label
    Allegrini Amarone 1998
    Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 1998 Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 1998
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Vignamaggio Chianti Classico 1998 Front Label
    Vignamaggio Chianti Classico 1998
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    • Fattoria dei Barbi Rosso dei Barbi 1998
      Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Cantele Primitivo 1998
        Primitivo from Italy
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        • Ornellaia  1998 Front Label
          Ornellaia 1998
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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        • Leone de Castris Salice Salentino Riserva 1998
          Negroamaro from Italy
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        • Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 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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          • Castello di Monastero Chianti Classico 1998
            Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Cecchi Orvieto 1998 Front Label
            Cecchi Orvieto 1998
            Other White Blends from 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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              • Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 1998
                Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                • Ruffino Santedame 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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                  • Ruffino Lodola Nuova Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 1998
                    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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                    • Produttori del Barbaresco Nebbiolo delle Langhe 1998
                      Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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                    • Luna di Luna Sangiovese/Merlot 1998 Front Label
                      Luna di Luna Sangiovese/Merlot 1998
                      Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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                      • Travaglini Gattinara Tre Vigne 1998 Front Label
                        Travaglini Gattinara Tre Vigne 1998
                        Nebbiolo from Piedmont, 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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                      • Argiano Rosso di Montalcino 1998 Front Label
                        Argiano Rosso di Montalcino 1998
                        Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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                      • Argiano Solengo 1998 Front Label
                        Argiano Solengo 1998
                        Tuscan Blends from 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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                        • Castagnoli Chianti Classico 1998
                          Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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