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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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  • 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
      Syrah/Shiraz from Italy
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      • Rotari Riserva Brut 1996 Front Label
        Rotari Riserva Brut 1996
        Vintage Sparkling Wine from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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        • Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Pora Riserva 1996
          Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 1996
          Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Produttori del Barbaresco Montestefano Barbaresco 1996
            Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, 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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            • 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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            • Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva 1996
              Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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            • Barone Ricasoli Casalferro 1996
              Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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              • Vietti Barolo Castiglione 1996 Front Label
                Vietti Barolo Castiglione 1996
                Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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                • Antinori Pian Delle Vigne Brunello Di Montalcino 1996
                  Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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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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                • Tenuta Luce  1996 Front Label
                  Tenuta Luce 1996
                  Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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                  • Banfi Summus 1996 Front Label
                    Banfi Summus 1996
                    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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                    • Argiano Solengo 1996 Front Label
                      Argiano Solengo 1996
                      Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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                    • Cabreo Il Borgo 1996 Front Label
                      Cabreo Il Borgo 1996
                      Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, 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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                      • Di Majo Norante Fiano 1996 Front Label
                        Di Majo Norante Fiano 1996
                        Fiano from Italy
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                        • Fontanabianca Barbaresco 1996  Front Label
                          Fontanabianca Barbaresco 1996
                          Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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                          • Lungarotti Rubesco 1996 Front Label
                            Lungarotti Rubesco 1996
                            Other Red Blends from Umbria, Italy
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                            • Ornellaia Masseto 1996 Front Label
                              Ornellaia Masseto 1996
                              Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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                            • Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco Martinenga 1996 Front Label
                              Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco Martinenga 1996
                              Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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