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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 Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1990 Front Label
    Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1990
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Masi Classico Amarone 1990
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    • Tenuta di Nozzole Il Pareto 1990
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 1990 Front Label
        Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 1990
        Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Gallina 1990 Front Label
        Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Gallina 1990
        Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Lungarotti San Giorgio (Cabernet Sauvignon/Sangiovese) 1990 Front Label
        Lungarotti San Giorgio (Cabernet Sauvignon/Sangiovese) 1990
        Other Red Blends from Italy
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        • Avignonesi Occhio di Pernice Vin Santo di Montepulciano (375ML Half-bottle) 1990
          Other Dessert from Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy
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            • Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Riserva 1990 Front Label
              Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Riserva 1990
              Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Antinori Solaia 1990 Front Label
              Antinori Solaia 1990
              Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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            • Conterno Fantino Barolo Vigna del Gris 1990 Front Label
              Conterno Fantino Barolo Vigna del Gris 1990
              Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Aldo Conterno Granbussia Barolo Riserva 1990 Front Label
              Aldo Conterno Granbussia Barolo Riserva 1990
              Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Giuseppe Quintarelli Recioto della Valpolicella Classico Riserva 1990 Front Label
              Giuseppe Quintarelli Recioto della Valpolicella Classico Riserva 1990
              Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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            • Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 1990 Front Label
              Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 1990
              Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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            • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 1990 Front Label
              Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 1990
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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            • Ornellaia 1990
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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            • Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino La Casa 1990 Front Label
              Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino La Casa 1990
              Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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            • Ceretto Barolo Grignore 1990 Front Label
              Ceretto Barolo Grignore 1990
              Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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              • Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino 1990 Front Label
                Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino 1990
                Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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                • Fontanafredda Barolo Vigna Gattinara 1990  Front Label
                  Fontanafredda Barolo Vigna Gattinara 1990
                  Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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                  • Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto Riserva 1990 Front Label
                    Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto Riserva 1990
                    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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                    • Gaja Barbaresco 1990  Front Label
                      Gaja Barbaresco 1990
                      Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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                      • Borgogno Barolo 1990  Front Label
                        Borgogno Barolo 1990
                        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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                        • Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra 1990  Front Label
                          Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra 1990
                          Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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                          • Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 1990
                            Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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                            • Terre del Barolo Barolo 1990 Front Label
                              Terre del Barolo Barolo 1990
                              Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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