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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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  • Gaja Camarcanda 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2001  Front Label
    Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2001
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    Other White Wine from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 2001 Front Label
      Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 2001
      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Antinori Solaia 2001 Front Label
      Antinori Solaia 2001
      Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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      • WS93
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    • Feudi di San Gregorio Serpico 2001 Front Label
      Feudi di San Gregorio Serpico 2001
      Aglianico from Italy
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      • RP92
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    • Gaja Rennina Brunello di Montalcino 2001  Front Label
      Gaja Rennina Brunello di Montalcino 2001
      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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      • RP92
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    • Ruffino Santedame Romitorio 2001 Front Label
      Ruffino Santedame Romitorio 2001
      Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Valdicava Madonna del Piano Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (scuffed label) 2001 Front Label
      Valdicava Madonna del Piano Brunello di Montalcino Riserva (scuffed label) 2001
      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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      • JS100
      • RP96
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    • Antinori Castello della Sala Cervaro 2001 Front Label
      Antinori Castello della Sala Cervaro 2001
      Chardonnay from Umbria, Italy
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      • Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 2001 Front Label
        Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 2001
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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        • WS95
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      • Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2001  Front Label
        Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2001
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
        • WS98
        • RP95
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      • Selvapiana Chianti Rufina 2001 Front Label
        Selvapiana Chianti Rufina 2001
        Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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        • Ornellaia  2001 Front Label
          Ornellaia 2001
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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          • RP95
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        • Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2001  Front Label
          Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2001
          Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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        • Barone Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico (half-bottle) 2001
          Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Gaja Barbaresco 2001 Front Label
            Gaja Barbaresco 2001
            Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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            • RP93
            • WE92
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          • Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra 2001 Front Label
            Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra 2001
            Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
            • WS99
            • WE93
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          • Altesino Montosoli Brunello di Montalcino 2001  Front Label
            Altesino Montosoli Brunello di Montalcino 2001
            Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Barone Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico 2001 Front Label
            Barone Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico 2001
            Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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            • Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto 2001 Front Label
              Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto 2001
              Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Allegrini Amarone 2001 Front Label
              Allegrini Amarone 2001
              Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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            • Falesco Est! Est! Est! 2001 Front Label
              Falesco Est! Est! Est! 2001
              Other White Blends from Italy
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              • Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2001 Front Label
                Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2001
                Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
                • WS97
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              • Tenuta Guado al Tasso  2001 Front Label
                Tenuta Guado al Tasso 2001
                Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
                • RP95
                • WS93
                • WE91
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