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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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  • Paolo Scavino Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata Riserva 2000  Front Label
    Paolo Scavino Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata Riserva 2000
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Rocche di Castiglione 2000  Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Rocche di Castiglione 2000
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Vietti Barolo Ravera 2000  Front Label
    Vietti Barolo Ravera 2000
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Prunotto Fiulot Barbera d'Asti 2000 Front Label
    Prunotto Fiulot Barbera d'Asti 2000
    Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Feudi di San Gregorio Greco di Tufo 2000
    Greco from Italy
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    • La Palazzola Rubino 2000 Front Label
      La Palazzola Rubino 2000
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      • Lanari Rosso Conero Fibbio 2000 Front Label
        Lanari Rosso Conero Fibbio 2000
        Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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        • Pio Cesare Barolo 2000 Front Label
          Pio Cesare Barolo 2000
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          • Manzone Barolo Le Gramolere 2000 Front Label
            Manzone Barolo Le Gramolere 2000
            Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Ornellaia Masseto 2000 Front Label
            Ornellaia Masseto 2000
            Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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          • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia (stained labels) 2000  Front Label
            Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia (stained labels) 2000
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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          • La Braccesca Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2000 Front Label
            La Braccesca Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2000
            Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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          • Danzante Sangiovese 2000 Front Label
            Danzante Sangiovese 2000
            Sangiovese from Italy
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            • Mezzacorona Cabernet Sauvignon 2000
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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              • Antinori Tignanello 2000 Front Label
                Antinori Tignanello 2000
                Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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              • Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Riserva 2000 Front Label
                Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Riserva 2000
                Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                  Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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                  • Antinori Orvieto Classico Campogrande 2000 Front Label
                    Antinori Orvieto Classico Campogrande 2000
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                    • Sartori Pinot Grigio 2000
                      Pinot Gris/Grigio from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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                      • Folonari Valpolicella 2000
                        Other Red Wine from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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                        • Castello di Querceto Chianti Classico Riserva 2000 Front Label
                          Castello di Querceto Chianti Classico Riserva 2000
                          Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                        • Altesino Rosso di Montalcino 2000 Front Label
                          Altesino Rosso di Montalcino 2000
                          Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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                          • E. Pira e Figli Barolo Cannubi 2000 Front Label
                            E. Pira e Figli Barolo Cannubi 2000
                            Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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                          • Mezzacorona Merlot 2000
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                              Terrale Primitivo 2000
                              Primitivo from Italy
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