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.
Produttori del Barbaresco Montestefano Barbaresco 1995Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
San Biagio Brunello di Montalcino 1995Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Felsina Vin Santo (500ML) 1995Other Dessert from Tuscany, Italy
Peter Zemmer Lagrein Dunkel 1995Lagrein from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Tollo Montepulciano DAbruzzo Valle Doro 1995Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1995Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
Boscaini SantoStefano 1995Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
Cantina di Montalcino Chianti Classico Riserva 1995Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Lungarotti Vin Santo (half-bottle) 1995Other Dessert from Italy
Bolla Le Poiane (Valpolicella) 1995Other Red Wine from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
Firesteed Barbera d 'Asti 1995Barbera from Piedmont, Italy
Di Majo Norante Aglianico 1995Aglianico from Italy
Zenato Soave 1995Garganega from Soave, Veneto, Italy
Furlan Pra Di Pradis Stukara 1995Other Red Blends from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Badia a Coltibuono Sella del Boscone Chardonnay 1995Chardonnay from Tuscany, Italy
Rotari Riserva Brut 1995Vintage Sparkling Wine from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Antonelli Montefalco Rosso 1995Other Red Blends from Italy
Taurino Notarpanaro 1995Other Red Blends from Italy
Librandi Duca San Felice Ciro Rosso Gaglioppo Riserva 1995Gaglioppo from ItalyCurrently Unavailable $13.99Try the 2014 Vintage 21 9914 9913 99Save $1.00 (7%)
Frescobaldi Sangiovese Di Toscana 1995Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
San Quirico Vernaccia 1995Vernaccia from Tuscany, Italy
Alois Lageder Chardonnay Buchholz 1995Chardonnay from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy