Learn about Italian wine, common tasting notes, where the region is and more ...
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.
Podere Scopetone Brunello di Montalcino 1998Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 1998Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
Vignamaggio Chianti Classico 1998Blaufrankisch from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Reserva 1998Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Fattoria dei Barbi Rosso dei Barbi 1998Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 1998Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
Ornellaia 1998Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
Banfi 1997 Estate Bottled Flask Chianti (half-bottle) 1998Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 1998Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, ItalyCurrently Unavailable $27.99Try the 2017 Vintage 26 9927 9927 99Save $0.00 (0%)
Castello di Monastero Chianti Classico 1998Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Banfi Estate Bottled Flask Chianti 1998Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Cecchi Orvieto 1998Other White Blends from Italy
San Leonino Chianti Classico (half-bottle) 1998Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Frescobaldi Castiglioni 1998Tuscan Blends from Italy
Ruffino Lodola Nuova Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 1998Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
Produttori del Barbaresco Nebbiolo delle Langhe 1998Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
Luna di Luna Sangiovese/Merlot 1998Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
Di Majo Norante San Giorgio Greco 1998Greco from Italy
Argiano Rosso di Montalcino 1998Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy