Learn about Italian red and white wine, regions 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.
Tenimenti Luigi d'Alessandro Migliara 1996Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
Tenimenti Luigi d'Alessandro Syrah Cortona Il Bosco 1996Syrah/Shiraz from Italy
Falesco Grechetto 1996Grechetto from Italy
Domenico Clerico Barolo Percristina 1996Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
Cabreo Il Borgo 1996Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
Roagna Barolo La Rocca E La Pira Riserva 1996Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
Marco Felluga Collio Molamatta 1996Other White Blends from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Di Majo Norante Fiano 1996Other White Blends from Italy
Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva (half-bottle) 1996Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
MezzaCorona Pinot Grigio (1.5 L) 1996Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Straccali Sangiovese 1996Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
Prunotto Barolo Bussia (1.5 Liter Magum) 1996Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
Ruffino Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva (375ML half-bottle) 1996Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Barone Ricasoli Formulae Sangiovese 1996Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
Di Majo Norante Riserva Ramitello Rosso 1996Other Red Blends from Italy
Sartori Bardolino Classico 1996Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
Bollini Chardonnay 1996Chardonnay from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Sartori Merlot 1996Merlot from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Antinori Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva (375ML half-bottle) 1996Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Lagaria Merlot (1.5L) 1996Merlot from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy