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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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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2001 Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2001
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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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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  • 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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  • Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato 2001 Front Label
    Pio Cesare Barolo Ornato 2001
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    Gaja Rennina Brunello di Montalcino 2001
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ruffino Santedame Romitorio 2001 Front Label
    Ruffino Santedame Romitorio 2001
    Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    Principessa Gavia Perlante 2001
    Other White Blends from Piedmont, Italy
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    • Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Riserva 2001 Front Label
      Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Riserva 2001
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, 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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      • Argiolas Costera 2001 Front Label
        Argiolas Costera 2001
        Grenache from Sardinia, Italy
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        • Banfi Rosso di Montalcino 2001 Front Label
          Banfi Rosso di Montalcino 2001
          Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Selvapiana Chianti Rufina 2001 Front Label
            Selvapiana Chianti Rufina 2001
            Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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            • Damilano Barolo Cannubi 2001 Front Label
              Damilano Barolo Cannubi 2001
              Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Ornellaia  2001 Front Label
              Ornellaia 2001
              Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, 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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              • Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco Martinenga 2001 Front Label
                Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco Martinenga 2001
                Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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              • Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra 2001 Front Label
                Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra 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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              • Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto 2001 Front Label
                Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto 2001
                Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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                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
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                • Saracco Chardonnay Prasue 2001
                  Chardonnay from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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                  • Coppo Camp du Rouss Barbera d'Asti 2001 Front Label
                    Coppo Camp du Rouss Barbera d'Asti 2001
                    Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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                  • Terrabianca Campaccio 2001 Front Label
                    Terrabianca Campaccio 2001
                    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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