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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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  • 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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  • Castello del Terriccio Lupicaia 2006 Front Label
    Castello del Terriccio Lupicaia 2006
    Barbera from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ferrari Riserva Lunelli Metodo Classico 2006 Front Label
    Ferrari Riserva Lunelli Metodo Classico 2006
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Trentino, Trentino-Alto Adige, 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  2006 Front Label
      Ornellaia 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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    • Fattoria Le Pupille Elisabetta Geppetti Saffredi 2006 Front Label
      Fattoria Le Pupille Elisabetta Geppetti Saffredi 2006
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, 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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    • Capanna Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006 Front Label
      Capanna Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2006
      Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Ognissole Primitivo di Manduria 2006 Front Label
      Ognissole Primitivo di Manduria 2006
      Primitivo from 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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    • Tenuta Guado al Tasso  2006 Front Label
      Tenuta Guado al Tasso 2006
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, 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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    • 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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    • Masi Costasera Amarone Classico 2006 Front Label
      Masi Costasera Amarone Classico 2006
      Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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    • Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio 2006 Front Label
      Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio 2006
      Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, 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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        • Corte Pavone Brunello di Montalcino 2006  Front Label
          Corte Pavone Brunello di Montalcino 2006
          Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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        • Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico RS 2006 Front Label
          Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico RS 2006
          Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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        • Badia a Coltibuono Vin Santo Occhio di Pernice (375ML half-bottle) 2006 Front Label
          Badia a Coltibuono Vin Santo Occhio di Pernice (375ML half-bottle) 2006
          Other Dessert from Tuscany, Italy
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        • Cantina del Taburno Aglianico Fidelis 2006 Front Label
          Cantina del Taburno Aglianico Fidelis 2006
          Aglianico from Italy
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        • Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio 2006 Front Label
          Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio 2006
          Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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          • Pietro Beconcini Toscana Rosso Maurleo 2006 Front Label
            Pietro Beconcini Toscana Rosso Maurleo 2006
            Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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          • Attems Pinot Grigio 2006 Front Label
            Attems Pinot Grigio 2006
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            • Ornellaia Masseto 2006  Front Label
              Ornellaia Masseto 2006
              Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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