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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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  • Elvio Cogno Bricco Pernice Barolo 2005 Front Label
    Elvio Cogno Bricco Pernice Barolo 2005
    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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  • Allegrini La Grola 2005 Front Label
    Allegrini La Grola 2005
    Corvina from Veneto, Italy
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  • Sartarelli Verdicchio Classico 2005 Front Label
    Sartarelli Verdicchio Classico 2005
    Verdicchio from Italy
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    • Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto 2005 Front Label
      Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto 2005
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 2005 Front Label
      Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 2005
      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Falesco Merlot Pesano 2005 Front Label
      Falesco Merlot Pesano 2005
      Merlot from Italy
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    • A. Mano Puglia Primitivo 2005 Front Label
      A. Mano Puglia Primitivo 2005
      Primitivo from Italy
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      • Riff Pinot Grigio 2005 Front Label
        Riff Pinot Grigio 2005
        Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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        • Banfi Centine Toscana 2005 Front Label
          Banfi Centine Toscana 2005
          Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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        • Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo delle Langhe 2005 Front Label
          Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo delle Langhe 2005
          Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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        • Il Bastardo Sangiovese di Toscana 2005 Front Label
          Il Bastardo Sangiovese di Toscana 2005
          Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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          • Ognissole Primitivo di Manduria 2005 Front Label
            Ognissole Primitivo di Manduria 2005
            Primitivo from Italy
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            • Poggio Il Castellare Brunello di Montalcino 2005 Front Label
              Poggio Il Castellare Brunello di Montalcino 2005
              Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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            • Pio Cesare Barbera d'Alba 2005 Front Label
              Pio Cesare Barbera d'Alba 2005
              Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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              • Paolo Scavino Barolo Cannubi 2005 Front Label
                Paolo Scavino Barolo Cannubi 2005
                Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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              • Renzo Masi Basciano I Pini 2005 Front Label
                Renzo Masi Basciano I Pini 2005
                Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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                • Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova (scuffed label) 2005 Front Label
                  Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova (scuffed label) 2005
                  Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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                • Mirabile Syrah 2005 Front Label
                  Mirabile Syrah 2005
                  Syrah/Shiraz from Sicily, Italy
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                • Principessa Gavia Gavi 2005 Front Label
                  Principessa Gavia Gavi 2005
                  Cortese from Piedmont, Italy
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                  • Paolo Scavino Barolo 2005 Front Label
                    Paolo Scavino Barolo 2005
                    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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                  • Tedeschi San Rocco Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2005 Front Label
                    Tedeschi San Rocco Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2005
                    Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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                  • Di Majo Norante Norante Contado Molise Aglianico 2005 Front Label
                    Di Majo Norante Norante Contado Molise Aglianico 2005
                    Aglianico from Italy
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                  • Le Macchiole  2005 Front Label
                    Le Macchiole 2005
                    Other Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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                  • Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Riserva 2005 Front Label
                    Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Riserva 2005
                    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                  • Falesco Marciliano 2005 Front Label
                    Falesco Marciliano 2005
                    Bordeaux Red Blends from Italy
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