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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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  • Azienda Bisceglia Aglianico del Vulture Gudarra 2009 Front Label
    Azienda Bisceglia Aglianico del Vulture Gudarra 2009
    Aglianico from Italy
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  • Palari Faro 2009 Front Label
    Palari Faro 2009
    Other Red Blends from Sicily, Italy
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  • Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico 2009 Front Label
    Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico 2009
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi 2009 Front Label
    Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi 2009
    Aglianico from Campania, Italy
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  • Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Riserva 2009 Front Label
    Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Riserva 2009
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2009 Front Label
    Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • RP94
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  • J. Hofstatter Alto Adige Pinot Grigio 2009 Front Label
    J. Hofstatter Alto Adige Pinot Grigio 2009
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • Alois Lageder Dolomitti Pinot Grigio 2009 Front Label
    Alois Lageder Dolomitti Pinot Grigio 2009
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • Ceretto Arneis Blange 2009 Front Label
    Ceretto Arneis Blange 2009
    Arneis from Piedmont, Italy
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  • Pio Cesare Barbaresco 2009 Front Label
    Pio Cesare Barbaresco 2009
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    • RP90
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  • Cignale  2009 Front Label
    Cignale 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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    • RP90
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  • Ceretto Barbaresco 2009 Front Label
    Ceretto Barbaresco 2009
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Antinori Muffato (500ml) 2009  Front Label
    Antinori Muffato (500ml) 2009
    Other Dessert from Tuscany, Italy
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    • Vie di Romans Sauvignon Vieris Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Front Label
      Vie di Romans Sauvignon Vieris Sauvignon Blanc 2009
      Sauvignon Blanc from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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    • Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico 2009 Front Label
      Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico 2009
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Zenato Valpolicella Superiore Ripassa 2009 Front Label
      Zenato Valpolicella Superiore Ripassa 2009
      Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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    • Massolino Barolo 2009 Front Label
      Massolino Barolo 2009
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Antinori Peppoli Chianti Classico 2009 Front Label
      Antinori Peppoli Chianti Classico 2009
      Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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    • Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Rabaja 2009 Front Label
      Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Rabaja 2009
      Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Ferrari Perle Nero 2009 Front Label
      Ferrari Perle Nero 2009
      Vintage Sparkling Wine from Trentino, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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    • Renato Ratti Colombe Dolcetto d'Alba 2009 Front Label
      Renato Ratti Colombe Dolcetto d'Alba 2009
      Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Livio Felluga Vertigo Rosso 2009 Front Label
      Livio Felluga Vertigo Rosso 2009
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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    • Masi Campolongo di Torbe Amarone 2009 Front Label
      Masi Campolongo di Torbe Amarone 2009
      Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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    • Prunotto Barolo 2009 Front Label
      Prunotto Barolo 2009
      Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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    • Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2009 Front Label
      Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2009
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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      • D98
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