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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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  • Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana 2002  Front Label
    Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana 2002
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Cecchi Chianti Classico 2002 Front Label
    Cecchi Chianti Classico 2002
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Mazzei Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 2002 Front Label
      Mazzei Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 2002
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Feudi Di San Marzano Primitivo Luccarelli 2002 Front Label
      Feudi Di San Marzano Primitivo Luccarelli 2002
      Primitivo from Italy
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      • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2002 Front Label
        Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2002
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Pieropan Soave Classico Superiore 2002 Front Label
        Pieropan Soave Classico Superiore 2002
        Garganega from Soave, Veneto, Italy
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        • Falesco Est! Est! Est! 2002 Front Label
          Falesco Est! Est! Est! 2002
          Other White Blends from Italy
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        • Ruffino Orvieto Classico 2002 Front Label
          Ruffino Orvieto Classico 2002
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          • Ecco Domani Chianti 2002 Front Label
            Ecco Domani Chianti 2002
            Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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            • Marchesi di Gresy Moscato d'Asti La Serra 2002
              Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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              • Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2002 Front Label
                Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2002
                Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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                • Antinori Villa Toscana 2002 Front Label
                  Antinori Villa Toscana 2002
                  Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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                  • Antinori Castello della Sala Cervaro 2002 Front Label
                    Antinori Castello della Sala Cervaro 2002
                    Chardonnay from Umbria, Italy
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                  • Cantele Primitivo 2002 Front Label
                    Cantele Primitivo 2002
                    Primitivo from Italy
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                  • Prunotto Dolcetto d'Alba 2002 Front Label
                    Prunotto Dolcetto d'Alba 2002
                    Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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                    • Damilano Barolo Cannubi 2002 Front Label
                      Damilano Barolo Cannubi 2002
                      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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                      • Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio 2002 Front Label
                        Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio 2002
                        Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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                      • Le Volte Le Volte 2002 Front Label
                        Le Volte Le Volte 2002
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                        • Banfi Rosso di Montalcino 2002 Front Label
                          Banfi Rosso di Montalcino 2002
                          Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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                          • Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 2002  Front Label
                            Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 2002
                            Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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                          • Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio 2002
                            Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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                          • Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2002 Front Label
                            Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2002
                            Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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                            • Castellare Chianti Classico 2002 Front Label
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                              Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                                • Bottega Vinaia Lagrein 2002 Front Label
                                  Bottega Vinaia Lagrein 2002
                                  Lagrein from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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