Learn about Italian red and white wine, regions and more ...
Named “Oenotria” by the ancient Greeks for its abundance of grapevines, Italy has always had a culture virtually inextricable from 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.
Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova 2001Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2001Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
Ruffino Ducale Chianti Classico Riserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2001Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Saracco Chardonnay Prasue 2001Chardonnay from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Farnese Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2001Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
Tommasi Chardonnay Santa Cecilia 2001Chardonnay from Veneto, Italy
Farnese Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Castellovecchio 2001Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
Bolla Valpolicella (half-bottle) 2001Other Red Wine from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
Le Macchiole Scrio 2001Syrah/Shiraz from Tuscany, Italy
Arancio Nero d'Avola 2001Nero d'Avola from Italy
Ca' del Bosco Curtefranca Rosso 2001Other Red Blends from Piedmont, Italy
Stella Merlot 2001Merlot from Italy
Aldo Conterno Bussia Soprana Barolo 2001Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
Lungarotti Pinot Grigio 2001Pinot Gris/Grigio from Italy
Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio 2001Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Promessa Rosso Salento 2001Other Red Blends from Italy
Villa Diana Montepulciano DAbruzzo 2001Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Vigna Paganelli 2001Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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Paolo Scavino Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata Riserva (3.0L) 2001Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
Renzo Masi Rufina Chianti Reserva 2001Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
A. Mano Puglia Primitivo 2001Primitivo from Italy
Zenato Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripassa 2001Other Red Wine from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
Santa Anastasia Nero d'Avola 2001Nero d'Avola from Italy