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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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  • Dal Forno Romano Monte Lodoletta Amarone della Valpolicella 2008 Front Label
    Dal Forno Romano Monte Lodoletta Amarone della Valpolicella 2008
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  • Fontanafredda La Rosa Barolo 2008 Front Label
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    • La Maialina Chianti Classico 2008 Front Label
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      • Poggio al Tesoro Sondraia 2008 Front Label
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      • Bersano Barbaresco Mantico 2008 Front Label
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      • Carlin de Paolo Barolo 2008 Front Label
        Carlin de Paolo Barolo 2008
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        • Tolaini Valdisanti Toscana 2008 Front Label
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        • Zenato Valpolicella Superiore Ripassa 2008 Front Label
          Zenato Valpolicella Superiore Ripassa 2008
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        • Pio Cesare Barolo 2008 Front Label
          Pio Cesare Barolo 2008
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        • MandraRossa Fiano 2008 Front Label
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          • Masi Brolo di Campofiorin Oro 2008 Front Label
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          • Terrabianca Campaccio 2008 Front Label
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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
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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
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            • Alois Lageder Benefizium Porer Pinot Grigio 2008 Front Label
              Alois Lageder Benefizium Porer Pinot Grigio 2008
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            • Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico 2008 Front Label
              Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico 2008
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              Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra 2008
              Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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