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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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    Cabernet Sauvignon from Tuscany, Italy
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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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  • La Poderina Brunello 1999 Front Label
    La Poderina Brunello 1999
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Ornellaia Masseto 1999 Front Label
      Ornellaia Masseto 1999
      Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Terrale Chardonnay 1999
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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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      • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 1999  Front Label
        Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 1999
        Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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        Banfi Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino 1999
        Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Tenuta Guado al Tasso  1999  Front Label
        Tenuta Guado al Tasso 1999
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Travaglini Gattinara 1999 Front Label
        Travaglini Gattinara 1999
        Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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          • Hastae Barbera d'Asti Quorum 1999 Front Label
            Hastae Barbera d'Asti Quorum 1999
            Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Straccali Chianti 1999 Front Label
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            Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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            • Bolla Bardolino 1999 Front Label
              Bolla Bardolino 1999
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              • Gaja Barbaresco 1999 Front Label
                Gaja Barbaresco 1999
                Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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              • Banfi Le Rime Pinot Grigio Chardonnay 1999
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                  • Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1999 Front Label
                    Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1999
                    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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                  • Castello di Albola Pinot Grigio 1999
                    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Tuscany, Italy
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                    • Santadi Cala Silente Vermentino 1999
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                      • Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio 1999
                        Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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                        • Castello di Monastero Sangiovese 1999
                          Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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                            Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                            • Castello di Monsanto Tinscvil Rosso Toscano 1999 Front Label
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