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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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  • Michele Chiarlo Barbaresco 1991
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico 1991
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Castello di Querceto Il Pic Chiant Classico 1991
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        • Avignonesi Vin Santo (half-bottle) 1991 Front Label
          Avignonesi Vin Santo (half-bottle) 1991
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            • Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra 1991 Front Label
              Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra 1991
              Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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              • Gaja Barbaresco 1991  Front Label
                Gaja Barbaresco 1991
                Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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                • Pio Cesare Barbaresco 1991  Front Label
                  Pio Cesare Barbaresco 1991
                  Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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                  • Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino Rouge 1991  Front Label
                    Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino Rouge 1991
                    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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                    • Antinori Tignanello 1991  Front Label
                      Antinori Tignanello 1991
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                      • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 1991  Front Label
                        Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 1991
                        Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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                        • Pio Cesare Barolo 1991  Front Label
                          Pio Cesare Barolo 1991
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                          • Gaja Langhe Sperss 1991  Front Label
                            Gaja Langhe Sperss 1991
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