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Named “Oenotria” by the ancient Greeks for its abundance of grapevines, Italy has always had a culture virtually inextricable from 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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  • Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 1997 Front Label
    Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 1997
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Banfi Summus 1997
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Cascina di Cornia Chianti VignalaCasinaRiserva 1997
    Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Castellare I Sodi S. Niccolo 1997 Front Label
    Castellare I Sodi S. Niccolo 1997
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Cecchi Val Delle Rose Riserva Morellino di Scansano 1997
    Other Red Wine from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Banfi Mandrielle Merlot 1997
    Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tommasi Recioto di Soave Monte Croce (half-bottle) 1997
    Garganega from Soave, Veneto, Italy
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  • Tommasi Recioto di Soave 1997
    Garganega from Soave, Veneto, Italy
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  • Fattorie Melini Chianti Classico Riserva Massovecchio 1997
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva 1997
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Cecchi Spargolo 1997 Front Label
    Cecchi Spargolo 1997
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Barone Ricasoli Castello di Brolio Chianti Classico 1997 Front Label
    Barone Ricasoli Castello di Brolio Chianti Classico 1997
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Argiolas Turriga 1997
    Other Red Blends from Sardinia, Italy
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  • Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Rio Sordo 1997 Front Label
    Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Rio Sordo 1997
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Feudi di San Gregorio Taurasi Riserva Piano di Montevergine 1997 Front Label
    Feudi di San Gregorio Taurasi Riserva Piano di Montevergine 1997
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  • Ceretto Brunate Barolo 1997
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1997 Front Label
    Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1997
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Banfi Poggio all Oro Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1997
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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