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.
Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2004Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
Giuseppe Mascarello & Figlio Monprivato Barolo 2004Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
La Spinetta Barbaresco Vursu Vigneto Starderi 2004Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Reserva (1.5L) 2004Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Marco Felluga Collio Merlot Varneri 2004Merlot from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Avignonesi Avignonesi Rosso 2004Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
Spadafora Don Pietro Rosso 2004Other Red Blends from Sicily, Italy
Cavit Pinot Grigio (half-bottle) 2004Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Castello di Monastero Chianti Classico 2004Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Feudi di San Gregorio Serro Cielo Falanghina 2004Falanghina from Italy
Marchesi di Barolo Maraia Barbera di Monferrato 2004Barbera from Piedmont, ItalyCurrently Unavailable $10.29Try the 2017 Vintage 14 9914 9910 28Save $4.70 (31%)
Baglio di Pianetto Ramione 2004Other Red Blends from Sicily, Italy
Nino Negri Sforzato di Valtellina 5 Stelle 2004Nebbiolo from Italy
Elena Fucci Aglianico Del Vulture Titolo 2004Aglianico from Italy
Le Macchiole Scrio 2004Syrah/Shiraz from Tuscany, Italy
Borgogno Barolo 2004Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
MandraRossa Nero d'Avola 2004Nero d'Avola from Sicily, Italy
Castello di Querceto Il Querciolaia Colli della Toscana Centrale 2004Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
Bootleg Chianti 2004Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Le Macchiole Paleo 2004Cabernet Franc from Tuscany, Italy