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Named “Oenotria” by the ancient Greeks for its abundance of grapevines, Italy has always had a culture virtually inextricable from 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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  • Il Bastardo Sangiovese di Toscana 2005 Front Label
    Il Bastardo Sangiovese di Toscana 2005
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Renzo Masi Basciano I Pini 2005 Front Label
      Renzo Masi Basciano I Pini 2005
      Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Riserva 2005 Front Label
        Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Riserva 2005
        Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Tedeschi San Rocco Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2005 Front Label
        Tedeschi San Rocco Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2005
        Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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      • Tenuta Trerose Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2005 Front Label
        Tenuta Trerose Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2005
        Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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        • Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra (scuffed label) 2005 Front Label
          Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra (scuffed label) 2005
          Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Feudi di San Gregorio Falanghina 2005 Front Label
          Feudi di San Gregorio Falanghina 2005
          Falanghina from Italy
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          • Barone Ricasoli Campo Ceni Toscana 2005 Front Label
            Barone Ricasoli Campo Ceni Toscana 2005
            Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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            • Feudi di San Gregorio Aglianico Rubrato 2005 Front Label
              Feudi di San Gregorio Aglianico Rubrato 2005
              Aglianico from Italy
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              • Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore 2005 Front Label
                Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore 2005
                Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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                • JS90
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              • Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto 2005 Front Label
                Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto 2005
                Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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              • Sella & Mosca Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva 2005 Front Label
                Sella & Mosca Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva 2005
                Grenache from Sardinia, Italy
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              • Marchesi di Barolo Barbera d'Alba Ruvei 2005 Front Label
                Marchesi di Barolo Barbera d'Alba Ruvei 2005
                Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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              • Tua Rita Giusto di Notri 2005 Front Label
                Tua Rita Giusto di Notri 2005
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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                • RP92
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              • Banfi Col di Sasso 2005 Front Label
                Banfi Col di Sasso 2005
                Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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                • Antinori Marchese Chianti Classico Riserva 2005 Front Label
                  Antinori Marchese Chianti Classico Riserva 2005
                  Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                • Giacomo Grimaldi Barolo Sotto Castello 2005 Front Label
                  Giacomo Grimaldi Barolo Sotto Castello 2005
                  Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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                  • RP92
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                • Paolo Scavino Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata Riserva 2005 Front Label
                  Paolo Scavino Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata Riserva 2005
                  Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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                • Le Ragose Amarone Della Valpolicella 2005 Front Label
                  Le Ragose Amarone Della Valpolicella 2005
                  Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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                • Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione 2005 Front Label
                  Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione 2005
                  Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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                • Castello di Monastero Chianti Classico 2005 Front Label
                  Castello di Monastero Chianti Classico 2005
                  Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                • Tasca d'Almerita Lamuri Nero d'Avola Sicilia 2005 Front Label
                  Tasca d'Almerita Lamuri Nero d'Avola Sicilia 2005
                  Nero d'Avola from Sicily, Italy
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                • Planeta Burdese 2005 Front Label
                  Planeta Burdese 2005
                  Bordeaux Red Blends from Sicily, Italy
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                • Ecco Domani Merlot 2005 Front Label
                  Ecco Domani Merlot 2005
                  Merlot from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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                  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Bricco Ambrogio 2005 Front Label
                    Paolo Scavino Barolo Bricco Ambrogio 2005
                    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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