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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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    • Boscaini Santo Stefano 1994 Front Label
      Boscaini Santo Stefano 1994
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      • Argiolas Costera 1994
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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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          • Tenuta di Nozzole Chianti Classico Riserva (375ML half-bottle) 1994
            Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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            • Paneretta Vin Santo (half-bottle) 1994 Front Label
              Paneretta Vin Santo (half-bottle) 1994
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                • Lungarotti VinoSanto 1994 Front Label
                  Lungarotti VinoSanto 1994
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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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                      • 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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                        • Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva 1994 Front Label
                          Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva 1994
                          Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                          • Banfi Belnero Pinot Nero 1994
                            Pinot Noir from 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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                                • Castello Vicchiomaggio Chianti Classico Reserve Petri 1994
                                  Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                                  • Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva 1994 Front Label
                                    Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva 1994
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                                    • Castello di Volpaia Coltassala 1994 Front Label
                                      Castello di Volpaia Coltassala 1994
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                                      • Cantina di Montalcino Brunello di Montalcino 1994 Front Label
                                        Cantina di Montalcino Brunello di Montalcino 1994
                                        Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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                                        • Michele Chiarlo Barolo 1994
                                          Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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                                          • Castello di Volpaia Balficio 1994 Front Label
                                            Castello di Volpaia Balficio 1994
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                                            • Taurino Patriglione 1994 Front Label
                                              Taurino Patriglione 1994
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                                              • Fattorie Melini Coltri Vineyard 1 1994 Front Label
                                                Fattorie Melini Coltri Vineyard 1 1994
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                                                • Bruno Giacosa Spumante Extra Brut 1994 Front Label
                                                  Bruno Giacosa Spumante Extra Brut 1994
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