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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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  • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 1997  Front Label
    Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 1997
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Masi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Mazzano 1997  Front Label
    Masi Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Mazzano 1997
    Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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    • Cantine Luciani Brunello di Montalcino 1997 Front Label
      Cantine Luciani Brunello di Montalcino 1997
      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Zenato Amarone della Valpolicella Classico (torn label) 1997
        Corvina from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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        • Antinori Tignanello 1997 Front Label
          Antinori Tignanello 1997
          Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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        • Jermann Chardonnay 1997 Front Label
          Jermann Chardonnay 1997
          Chardonnay from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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          • Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo 1997 Front Label
            Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo 1997
            Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Felsina Fontalloro 1997 Front Label
            Felsina Fontalloro 1997
            Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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          • Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia 1997 Front Label
            Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia 1997
            Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 1997 Front Label
            Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 1997
            Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Allegrini Amarone 1997 Front Label
            Allegrini Amarone 1997
            Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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          • Antinori Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 1997  Front Label
            Antinori Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 1997
            Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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            • Felsina Fontalloro (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1997 Front Label
              Felsina Fontalloro (1.5 Liter Magnum) 1997
              Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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              • Antinori Pian delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino 1997 Front Label
                Antinori Pian delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino 1997
                Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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              • Ornellaia Masseto 1997 Front Label
                Ornellaia Masseto 1997
                Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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              • Riecine La Gioia Vino da Tavola 1997 Front Label
                Riecine La Gioia Vino da Tavola 1997
                Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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              • Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva 1997
                Negroamaro from Italy
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                • Righetti Valpolicella Classico Campolieti 1997 Front Label
                  Righetti Valpolicella Classico Campolieti 1997
                  Other Red Wine from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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                  • Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico 1997
                    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                    • Antinori Marchese Chianti Classico Riserva 1997  Front Label
                      Antinori Marchese Chianti Classico Riserva 1997
                      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                      • Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 1997 Front Label
                        Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 1997
                        Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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                      • Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 1997 Front Label
                        Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 1997
                        Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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                      • Monte Antico Rosso (3.0L) 1997
                        Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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                        • Bollini Reserve Pinot Grigio 1997 Front Label
                          Bollini Reserve Pinot Grigio 1997
                          Pinot Gris/Grigio from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                          • Cecchi Vernaccia di San Gimignano 1997 Front Label
                            Cecchi Vernaccia di San Gimignano 1997
                            Vernaccia from Tuscany, Italy
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