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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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  • Podere Scopetone Brunello di Montalcino 1998
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Antinori Tignanello 1998 Front Label
      Antinori Tignanello 1998
      Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 1998 Front Label
      Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 1998
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Vignamaggio Chianti Classico 1998 Front Label
      Vignamaggio Chianti Classico 1998
      Blaufrankisch from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Reserva 1998 Front Label
        Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Reserva 1998
        Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Fattoria dei Barbi Rosso dei Barbi 1998
        Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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        • Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 1998 Front Label
          Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 1998
          Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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          • WS92
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        • Ornellaia  1998 Front Label
          Ornellaia 1998
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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          • RP93
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        • Cantele Primitivo 1998
          Primitivo from Italy
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          • Banfi Estate Bottled Flask Chianti (half-bottle) 1998 Front Label
            Banfi 1997 Estate Bottled Flask Chianti (half-bottle) 1998
            Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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            • Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 1998
              Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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              • Antinori Peppoli Chianti Classico 1998
                Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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              • Castello di Monastero Chianti Classico 1998
                Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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              • Banfi Estate Bottled Flask Chianti 1998 Front Label
                Banfi Estate Bottled Flask Chianti 1998
                Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                • Cecchi Orvieto 1998 Front Label
                  Cecchi Orvieto 1998
                  Other White Blends from Italy
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                  • Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 1998
                    Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                    • San Leonino Chianti Classico (half-bottle) 1998
                      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                      • Frescobaldi Castiglioni 1998 Front Label
                        Frescobaldi Castiglioni 1998
                        Tuscan Blends from Italy
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                        • Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili 1998 Front Label
                          Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Asili 1998
                          Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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                        • Ruffino Lodola Nuova Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 1998
                          Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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                          • Produttori del Barbaresco Nebbiolo delle Langhe 1998
                            Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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                          • Zenato Amarone 1998 Front Label
                            Zenato Amarone 1998
                            Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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                          • Luna di Luna Sangiovese/Merlot 1998 Front Label
                            Luna di Luna Sangiovese/Merlot 1998
                            Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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                            • Di Majo Norante San Giorgio Greco 1998 Front Label
                              Di Majo Norante San Giorgio Greco 1998
                              Greco from Italy
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                              • Argiano Rosso di Montalcino 1998 Front Label
                                Argiano Rosso di Montalcino 1998
                                Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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