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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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  • Neirano Barbera D'Asti 1994
    Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Banfi Brunello di Montalcino (375ML half-bottle) 1994
      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Fattorie Melini Coltri Vineyard 1 1994 Front Label
      Fattorie Melini Coltri Vineyard 1 1994
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      • Boscaini Santo Stefano 1994 Front Label
        Boscaini Santo Stefano 1994
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        • Argiolas Costera 1994
          Grenache from Sardinia, Italy
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          • Aldo Conterno Bussia Soprana Barolo 1994 Front Label
            Aldo Conterno Bussia Soprana Barolo 1994
            Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Castello della Paneretta Vin Santo (half-bottle) 1994 Front Label
              Castello della Paneretta Vin Santo (half-bottle) 1994
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                • Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva (375ML half-bottle) 1994
                  Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                  • Bolla Creso 1994
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                    • Rotari Riserva Brut 1994
                      Vintage Sparkling Wine from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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                      • Lungarotti VinoSanto 1994 Front Label
                        Lungarotti VinoSanto 1994
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                        • Banfi Belnero Pinot Nero 1994
                          Pinot Noir from Tuscany, Italy
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                          • Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva 1994 Front Label
                            Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva 1994
                            Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                            • Cecchi Villa Cerna Chianti 1994 Front Label
                              Cecchi Villa Cerna Chianti 1994
                              Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                              • Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 1994 Front Label
                                Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva 1994
                                Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                              • Castello Vicchiomaggio Chianti Classico Reserve Petri 1994
                                Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                                • Gabbiano Chianti Classico Riserva Oro 1994 Front Label
                                  Gabbiano Chianti Classico Riserva Oro 1994
                                  Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                                  • Righetti Amarone 1994 Front Label
                                    Righetti Amarone 1994
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                                    • Barone Ricasoli Casalferro 1994 Front Label
                                      Barone Ricasoli Casalferro 1994
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                                      • Castello di Volpaia Coltassala 1994 Front Label
                                        Castello di Volpaia Coltassala 1994
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                                        • Bollini Reserve Merlot 1994
                                          Merlot from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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                                          • Michele Chiarlo Barolo 1994
                                            Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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                                            • Castellare Vin Santo 1994
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                                                • Bruno Giacosa Spumante Extra Brut 1994 Front Label
                                                  Bruno Giacosa Spumante Extra Brut 1994
                                                  Vintage Sparkling Wine from Piedmont, Italy
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                                                  • Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva 1994 Front Label
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                                                    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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