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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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    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Vietti Barolo Brunate 1989 Front Label
      Vietti Barolo Brunate 1989
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    • Val di Suga Vigna Spuntali Brunello di Montalcino 1989 Front Label
      Val di Suga Vigna Spuntali Brunello di Montalcino 1989
      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Borgogno Barolo Riserva 1989 Front Label
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        • Gaja Sperss Barolo 1989  Front Label
          Gaja Sperss Barolo 1989
          Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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        • Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Vigna Altesino 1989 Front Label
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          • Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino Rouge 1989  Front Label
            Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino Rouge 1989
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            • Prunotto Barbaresco Montestefano 1989 Front Label
              Prunotto Barbaresco Montestefano 1989
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              • Pio Cesare Barbaresco 1989  Front Label
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                • Pio Cesare Barolo 1989  Front Label
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                  • Bruno Giacosa Barolo 1989 Front Label
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                    • Fontanafredda Barolo Vigna Gattinara 1989  Front Label
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                      • Guasti Clemente Barolo Riserva 1989 Front Label
                        Guasti Clemente Barolo Riserva 1989
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                        • Gaja Barbaresco 1989  Front Label
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