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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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  • Vite Colte Barbaresco Spezie Riserva 2008  Front Label
    Vite Colte Barbaresco Spezie Riserva 2008
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Felsina Vin Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2008  Front Label
    Felsina Vin Santo (375ML half-bottle) 2008
    Other Dessert from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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      • Manzone Barbera d'Alba 2008 Front Label
        Manzone Barbera d'Alba 2008
        Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Fontanafredda La Rosa Barolo 2008 Front Label
        Fontanafredda La Rosa Barolo 2008
        Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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      • Livio Sassetti Brunello di Montalcino Pertimali 2008 Front Label
        Livio Sassetti Brunello di Montalcino Pertimali 2008
        Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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      • La Maialina Chianti Classico 2008 Front Label
        La Maialina Chianti Classico 2008
        Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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        • Pio Cesare Barolo 2008 Front Label
          Pio Cesare Barolo 2008
          Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Elio Grasso Gavarini Vigna Chiniera Barolo 2008 Front Label
          Elio Grasso Gavarini Vigna Chiniera Barolo 2008
          Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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        • Tolaini Valdisanti Toscana 2008 Front Label
          Tolaini Valdisanti Toscana 2008
          Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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        • Zenato Valpolicella Superiore Ripassa 2008 Front Label
          Zenato Valpolicella Superiore Ripassa 2008
          Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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        • Banfi Rosa Regale Brachetto 2008 Front Label
          Banfi Rosa Regale Brachetto 2008
          Red Sparkling Wine from Piedmont, Italy
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          • La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2008 Front Label
            La Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2008
            Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
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          • G.D. Vajra Langhe Freisa Kye  2008 Front Label
            G.D. Vajra Langhe Freisa Kye 2008
            Other Red Blends from Piedmont, Italy
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          • MandraRossa Fiano 2008 Front Label
            MandraRossa Fiano 2008
            Fiano from Sicily, Italy
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            • Fontanafredda Briccotondo Barbera 2008 Front Label
              Fontanafredda Briccotondo Barbera 2008
              Barbera from Piedmont, Italy
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            • Beni di Batasiolo Barbera d'Alba Sovrana 2008 Front Label
              Beni di Batasiolo Barbera d'Alba Sovrana 2008
              Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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            • Piccini Chianti Classico Riserva 2008 Front Label
              Piccini Chianti Classico Riserva 2008
              Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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              • Valle Reale Vigne Nuove Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2008 Front Label
                Valle Reale Vigne Nuove Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2008
                Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
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                • Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
                  Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto Riserva (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
                  Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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                • Alois Lageder Benefizium Porer Pinot Grigio 2008 Front Label
                  Alois Lageder Benefizium Porer Pinot Grigio 2008
                  Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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                • Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra 2008 Front Label
                  Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra 2008
                  Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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                • Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico 2008 Front Label
                  Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico 2008
                  Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                • Podere Il Palazzino Chianti Classico Argenina 2008 Front Label
                  Podere Il Palazzino Chianti Classico Argenina 2008
                  Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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                • Vietti Roero Arneis 2008 Front Label
                  Vietti Roero Arneis 2008
                  Arneis from Roero, Piedmont, Italy
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                  • Tenuta Luce  2008  Front Label
                    Tenuta Luce 2008
                    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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