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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.

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        • Camigliano Brunello di Montalcino 1998 Front Label
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        • Lungarotti Pinot Grigio 1998 Front Label
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                • Sartori Valpolicella Classico 1998 Front Label
                  Sartori Valpolicella Classico 1998
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                  • Di Majo Norante Cabernet 1998 Front Label
                    Di Majo Norante Cabernet 1998
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                    • Borgo Scopeto Chianti Classico 1998
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                        Corvo Bianco 1998
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                        • Folonari Pinot Grigio delle Venezie 1998
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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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                              Villa La Selva Selvamaggio 1998
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                                • Tollo MontepulcianoDAbruzzo 1998 Front Label
                                  Tollo MontepulcianoDAbruzzo 1998
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                                        • La Rampa di Fugnano Vernaccia di San Gimignano Alata 1998 Front Label
                                          La Rampa di Fugnano Vernaccia di San Gimignano Alata 1998
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                                            • Punset Dolcetto d'Alba 1998
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