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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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  • Ornellaia  2006 Front Label
    Ornellaia 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Galardi Roccamonfina Terra di Lavoro 2006 Front Label
    Galardi Roccamonfina Terra di Lavoro 2006
    Other Red Blends from Italy
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    • Tenuta Guado al Tasso  2006 Front Label
      Tenuta Guado al Tasso 2006
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra 2006  Front Label
      Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra 2006
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Tenuta di Arceno Arcanum 2006 Front Label
      Tenuta di Arceno Arcanum 2006
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Barone Ricasoli Castello di Brolio Chianti Classico 2006 Front Label
        Barone Ricasoli Castello di Brolio Chianti Classico 2006
        Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Masi Costasera Amarone Classico 2006 Front Label
        Masi Costasera Amarone Classico 2006
        Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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      • Ruffino Ducale Oro Chianti Classico Riserva 2006 Front Label
        Ruffino Ducale Oro Chianti Classico Riserva 2006
        Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Montevertine Le Pergole Torte 2006 Front Label
        Montevertine Le Pergole Torte 2006
        Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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      • Terredora di Paolo Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio Rosso 2006 Front Label
        Terredora di Paolo Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio Rosso 2006
        Other Red Wine from Campania, Italy
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      • Pio Cesare Barolo 2006 Front Label
        Pio Cesare Barolo 2006
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino 2006 Front Label
        Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino 2006
        Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Falesco Vitiano Bianco 2006 Front Label
        Falesco Vitiano Bianco 2006
        Other White Blends from Italy
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        • Valdicava Madonna del Piano Brunello di Montalcino Riserva  2006 Front Label
          Valdicava Madonna del Piano Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006
          Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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        • Isole e Olena Cepparello 2006 Front Label
          Isole e Olena Cepparello 2006
          Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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        • Alois Lageder Pinot Bianco 2006 Front Label
          Alois Lageder Pinot Bianco 2006
          Pinot Blanc from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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        • Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione 2006 Front Label
          Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione 2006
          Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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        • Marchesi di Gresy Moscato d'Asti La Serra 2006 Front Label
          Marchesi di Gresy Moscato d'Asti La Serra 2006
          Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Capanna Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006 Front Label
            Capanna Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006
            Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Attilio Ghisolfi Barolo Bussia Bricco Visette 2006 Front Label
            Attilio Ghisolfi Barolo Bussia Bricco Visette 2006
            Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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          • Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova (scuffed label) 2006 Front Label
            Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova (scuffed label) 2006
            Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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          • Bertani Velante Pinot Grigio 2006 Front Label
            Bertani Velante Pinot Grigio 2006
            Pinot Gris/Grigio from Veneto, Italy
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            • Marchesi di Gresy Dolcetto d'Alba Aribaldo 2006 Front Label
              Marchesi di Gresy Dolcetto d'Alba Aribaldo 2006
              Other Red Wine from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Pio Cesare Cortese di Gavi 2006 Front Label
              Pio Cesare Cortese di Gavi 2006
              Cortese from Piedmont, Italy
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              • Banfi Rosa Regale Brachetto 2006 Front Label
                Banfi Rosa Regale Brachetto 2006
                Red Sparkling Wine from Piedmont, Italy
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