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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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  • Tenimenti Luigi d'Alessandro Syrah Cortona Il Bosco 1999 Front Bottle Shot
    Tenimenti Luigi d'Alessandro Syrah Cortona Il Bosco 1999
    Syrah/Shiraz from Italy
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  • Ornellaia Masseto 1999 Front Label
    Ornellaia Masseto 1999
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Cecchi Val Delle Rose Morellino di Scansano 1999
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    • Ornellaia  1999 Front Label
      Ornellaia 1999
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Reserva 1999 Front Label
      Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Reserva 1999
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Rocca delle Macie Ser Gioveto 1999 Front Label
      Rocca delle Macie Ser Gioveto 1999
      Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico 1999
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Mazzei Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 1999 Front Label
        Mazzei Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 1999
        Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 1999  Front Label
        Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 1999
        Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Ruffino Ducale Oro Chianti Classico Riserva 1999 Front Label
        Ruffino Ducale Oro Chianti Classico Riserva 1999
        Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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        • Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 1999  Front Label
          Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 1999
          Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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        • Gianni Voerzio La Serra Barolo 1999 Front Label
          Gianni Voerzio La Serra Barolo 1999
          Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Straccali Chianti 1999 Front Label
          Straccali Chianti 1999
          Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Giacomo Conterno Monfortino Barolo Riserva 1999 Front Label
            Giacomo Conterno Monfortino Barolo Riserva 1999
            Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Altesino Rosso di Montalcino 1999 Front Label
              Altesino Rosso di Montalcino 1999
              Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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            • La Poderina Brunello 1999 Front Label
              La Poderina Brunello 1999
              Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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            • Falesco Montiano 1999 Front Label
              Falesco Montiano 1999
              Merlot from Italy
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            • Roberto Voerzio Barolo La Serra 1999 Front Label
              Roberto Voerzio Barolo La Serra 1999
              Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 1999  Front Label
              Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 1999
              Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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            • Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 1999
              Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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            • Tollo Sangiovese 1999 Front Label
              Tollo Sangiovese 1999
              Sangiovese from Italy
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              • Bolla Bardolino 1999 Front Label
                Bolla Bardolino 1999
                Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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                • Cecchi Sangiovese di Toscana 1999 Front Label
                  Cecchi Sangiovese di Toscana 1999
                  Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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                  • Antinori Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 1999
                    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                    • Gaja Conteisa 1999  Front Label
                      Gaja Conteisa 1999
                      Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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