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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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  • Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2006 Front Label
    Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2006
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2006 Front Label
    Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2006
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • WE94
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  • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2006 Front Label
    Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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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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    • Ornellaia Masseto 2006  Front Label
      Ornellaia Masseto 2006
      Merlot from 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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      • JS92
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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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      • Masi Costasera Amarone Classico 2006 Front Label
        Masi Costasera Amarone Classico 2006
        Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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        • RP90
        • WE90
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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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        • WS92
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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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        • WE92
        • WS91
        • JS91
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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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        • WE92
        • JS90
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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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        • WE98
        • RP96
        • WS92
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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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        • JS95
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      • Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi Riserva 2006 Front Label
        Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi Riserva 2006
        Aglianico from Campania, Italy
        • RP95
        • W&S90
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      • Isole e Olena Cepparello 2006 Front Label
        Isole e Olena Cepparello 2006
        Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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        • D95
        • WS92
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      • Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione 2006 Front Label
        Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione 2006
        Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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        • RP94
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      • Alois Lageder Pinot Bianco 2006 Front Label
        Alois Lageder Pinot Bianco 2006
        Pinot Blanc from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
        • WS88
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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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        • 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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          • WE96
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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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        • Capanna Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006 Front Label
          Capanna Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006
          Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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          • RP93
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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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