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.
Avignonesi Desiderio (1.5 L) 1999Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
Bolla Valpolicella (half-bottle) 1999Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
Bolla Soave (half-bottle) 1999Garganega from Soave, Veneto, Italy
Bolla Bardolino (half-bottle) 1999Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
Avignonesi 50 & 50 Toscana 1999Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
Tenimenti Luigi d'Alessandro Syrah Cortona Il Bosco 1999Syrah/Shiraz from Italy
Masi Classico Bardolino 1999Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
Agostina Pieri Brunello di Montalcino 1999Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Santa Anastasia Passomaggio 1999Other Red Blends from Italy
Cecchi Val Delle Rose Morellino di Scansano 1999Other Red Wine from Tuscany, Italy
Folonari Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 1999Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
Tollo Sangiovese 1999Sangiovese from Italy
Tenuta Luce 1999Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
Stella Merlot 1999Merlot from Italy
Folonari Venezie Merlot 1999Merlot from Veneto, Italy
Villa La Selva Felciaia 1999Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
Alois Lageder Lindenburg Lagrein 1999Lagrein from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Travaglini Gattinara 1999Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
Sartori Valpolicella Classico 1999Other Red Wine from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy