Learn about Italian wine, common tasting notes, where the region is and more ...
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.
Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1990Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Masi Classico Amarone 1990Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
Tenuta di Nozzole Il Pareto 1990Cabernet Sauvignon from Tuscany, Italy
Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 1990Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Gallina 1990Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
Lungarotti San Giorgio (Cabernet Sauvignon/Sangiovese) 1990Other Red Blends from Italy
Avignonesi Occhio di Pernice Vin Santo di Montepulciano (375ML Half-bottle) 1990Other Dessert from Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy
Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Riserva 1990Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
Conterno Fantino Barolo Vigna del Gris 1990Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
Aldo Conterno Granbussia Barolo Riserva 1990Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
Giuseppe Quintarelli Recioto della Valpolicella Classico Riserva 1990Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 1990Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 1990Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
Ornellaia 1990Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
Ceretto Barolo Grignore 1990Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino 1990Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Fontanafredda Barolo Vigna Gattinara 1990Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto Riserva 1990Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
Borgogno Barolo 1990Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra 1990Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
Terre del Barolo Barolo 1990Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy