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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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  • Ruffino Modus 2005 Front Label
    Ruffino Modus 2005
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Capezzana Barco Reale 2005 Front Label
    Capezzana Barco Reale 2005
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, 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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    • Antinori Villa Toscana 2005 Front Label
      Antinori Villa Toscana 2005
      Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Antinori Tignanello 2005 Front Label
        Antinori Tignanello 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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      • Le Macchiole Paleo 2005 Front Label
        Le Macchiole Paleo 2005
        Cabernet Franc from Tuscany, Italy
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      • tuttobene Toscana Rosso 2005 Front Label
        tuttobene Toscana Rosso 2005
        Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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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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        • Argiolas Costera 2005 Front Label
          Argiolas Costera 2005
          Grenache from Sardinia, Italy
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        • Pio Cesare Cortese di Gavi 2005 Front Label
          Pio Cesare Cortese di Gavi 2005
          Cortese from Piedmont, Italy
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          • Ognissole Primitivo di Manduria 2005 Front Label
            Ognissole Primitivo di Manduria 2005
            Primitivo from 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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              • Paolo Scavino Barolo Cannubi 2005 Front Label
                Paolo Scavino Barolo Cannubi 2005
                Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, 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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              • Renzo Masi Basciano I Pini 2005 Front Label
                Renzo Masi Basciano I Pini 2005
                Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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                • Mirabile Syrah 2005 Front Label
                  Mirabile Syrah 2005
                  Syrah/Shiraz from Sicily, Italy
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                • Casanova di Neri Rosso di Montalcino 2005 Front Label
                  Casanova di Neri Rosso di Montalcino 2005
                  Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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                  • Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2005 Front Label
                    Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2005
                    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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                  • Teruzzi & Puthod Rondolino Vernaccia di San Gimignan 2005 Front Label
                    Teruzzi & Puthod Rondolino Vernaccia di San Gimignan 2005
                    Vernaccia from Tuscany, Italy
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                    • Zenato Pinot Grigio 2005 Front Label
                      Zenato Pinot Grigio 2005
                      Pinot Gris/Grigio from Veneto, Italy
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                      • Paolo Scavino Barolo 2005 Front Label
                        Paolo Scavino Barolo 2005
                        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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                      • Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2005 Front Label
                        Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2005
                        Sangiovese from Chianti, 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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