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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.

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    Argentiera Bolgheri Superiore 2003
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    Quorum Barbera d'Asti 2003
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    Marchesi di Barolo Barbera d'Alba Ruvei 2003
    Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Salicutti Brunello di Montalcino Piaggione 2003 Front Label
      Salicutti Brunello di Montalcino Piaggione 2003
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    • Bertani Villa Novare Valpolicella 2003 Front Label
      Bertani Villa Novare Valpolicella 2003
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      • Anselmi Capitel Croce 2003 Front Label
        Anselmi Capitel Croce 2003
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          Marchesi di Barolo Maraia Barbera di Monferrato 2003
          Barbera from Piedmont, Italy
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          • Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio 2003 Front Label
            Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio 2003
            Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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          • Feudi di San Gregorio Falanghina Sannio 2003 Front Label
            Feudi di San Gregorio Falanghina Sannio 2003
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          • Tiziano Chianti 2003 Front Label
            Tiziano Chianti 2003
            Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                  Paneretta Chianti Classico Riserva Torre a Destra 2003
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                    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                  • Zenato Lugana 2003 Front Label
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                  • Scarlatta Pinot Grigio 2003 Front Label
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                    • Michele Chiarlo Nivole Moscato d'Asti (375ML half-bottle) 2003 Front Label
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                      Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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                        • Principessa Gavia Gavi 2003 Front Label
                          Principessa Gavia Gavi 2003
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