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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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  • Aldo Conterno Barolo Granbussia Riserva 2000 Front Label
    Aldo Conterno Barolo Granbussia Riserva 2000
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Tenuta Luce Luce 2000
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      Syrah/Shiraz from Italy
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    • Ornellaia  2000 Front Label
      Ornellaia 2000
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        • Lanari Rosso Conero Fibbio 2000 Front Label
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          • Fattorie Melini Sangiovese 2000 Front Label
            Fattorie Melini Sangiovese 2000
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              • Tre Monti Thea Sangiovese 2000
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                • Ecco Domani Chianti 2000
                  Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                  • Frescobaldi Remole Toscana Rosso 2000 Front Label
                    Frescobaldi Remole Toscana Rosso 2000
                    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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                    • Campanile Pinot Grigio 2000 Front Label
                      Campanile Pinot Grigio 2000
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                      • Badia a Coltibuono Cetamura Chianti 2000
                        Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                      • MezzaCorona Merlot 2000
                        Merlot from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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                        • Allegrini Valpolicella 2000
                          Other Red Wine from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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                        • Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2000
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                          • Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric 2000 Front Label
                            Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric 2000
                            Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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                            Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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                            • Danzante Pinot Grigio 2000 Front Label
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                              • La Braccesca Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2000 Front Label
                                La Braccesca Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2000
                                Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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                                • Prunotto Dolcetto d'Alba 2000 Front Label
                                  Prunotto Dolcetto d'Alba 2000
                                  Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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