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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 wines. 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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  • Antinori Pian delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino 1996
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Domenico Clerico Barolo Percristina 1996 Front Label
    Domenico Clerico Barolo Percristina 1996
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Tenimenti Luigi d'Alessandro Migliara 1996
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    • Tenimenti Luigi d'Alessandro Syrah Cortona Il Bosco 1996
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      • Ceretto Brunate Barolo 1996 Front Label
        Ceretto Brunate Barolo 1996
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Ruffino Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva (375ML half-bottle) 1996
        Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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        • Tenuta Luce  1996 Front Label
          Tenuta Luce 1996
          Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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          • Boscaini Marano Amarone 1996
            Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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            • Righetti Amarone 1996
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              • Produttori del Barbaresco Montestefano Barbaresco 1996
                Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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              • Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 1996
                Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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                • Michele Chiarlo Barbaresco 1996 Front Label
                  Michele Chiarlo Barbaresco 1996
                  Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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                  • Barone Ricasoli Casalferro 1996
                    Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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                    • Aldo Conterno Conca Tre Pile Barbera d'Alba 1996 Front Label
                      Aldo Conterno Conca Tre Pile Barbera d'Alba 1996
                      Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                      • Masi Classico Amarone 1996 Front Label
                        Masi Classico Amarone 1996
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                        • Ornellaia Masseto 1996 Front Label
                          Ornellaia Masseto 1996
                          Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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                        • Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 1996
                          Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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                          • Banfi Summus 1996 Front Label
                            Banfi Summus 1996
                            Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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                            • Cabreo Il Borgo 1996 Front Label
                              Cabreo Il Borgo 1996
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                              • Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Moccagatta Riserva 1996 Front Label
                                Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Moccagatta Riserva 1996
                                Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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                              • Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Rio Sordo Riserva 1996 Front Label
                                Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Rio Sordo Riserva 1996
                                Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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                              • Roagna Barolo La Rocca E La Pira Riserva 1996 Front Label
                                Roagna Barolo La Rocca E La Pira Riserva 1996
                                Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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                              • Antinori Solaia 1996 Front Label
                                Antinori Solaia 1996
                                Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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                              • Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva 1996
                                Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                              • Lungarotti Rubesco 1996 Front Label
                                Lungarotti Rubesco 1996
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