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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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  • Sartori Soave Classico 1991 Front Label
    Sartori Soave Classico 1991
    Garganega from Soave, Veneto, Italy
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    • Michele Chiarlo Barbaresco 1991
      Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Castello di Querceto Il Pic Chiant Classico 1991
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        • Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico 1991
          Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Avignonesi Vin Santo (half-bottle) 1991 Front Label
            Avignonesi Vin Santo (half-bottle) 1991
            Other Dessert from Tuscany, Italy
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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 Langhe Sperss 1991  Front Label
                  Gaja Langhe Sperss 1991
                  Nebbiolo from 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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                    • Antinori Tignanello 1991  Front Label
                      Antinori Tignanello 1991
                      Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, 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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                        • Gaja Barbaresco 1991  Front Label
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                          Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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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
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                              Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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