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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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  • Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Riserva 2005 Front Label
    Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico Riserva 2005
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tedeschi San Rocco Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2005 Front Label
    Tedeschi San Rocco Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2005
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  • Tua Rita Giusto di Notri 2005 Front Label
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  • Giacomo Grimaldi Barolo Sotto Castello 2005 Front Label
    Giacomo Grimaldi Barolo Sotto Castello 2005
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Planeta Burdese 2005 Front Label
    Planeta Burdese 2005
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  • Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 2005 Front Label
    Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 2005
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • La Gerla Brunello di Montalcino 2005 Front Label
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  • La Poderina Brunello di Montalcino 2005 Front Label
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    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Falesco Merlot Pesano 2005 Front Label
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  • Elvio Cogno Bricco Pernice Barolo 2005 Front Label
    Elvio Cogno Bricco Pernice Barolo 2005
    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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  • Tormaresca Masseria Maime Negroamaro Salento 2005 Front Label
    Tormaresca Masseria Maime Negroamaro Salento 2005
    Negroamaro from Italy
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  • Di Majo Norante Norante Contado Molise Aglianico 2005 Front Label
    Di Majo Norante Norante Contado Molise Aglianico 2005
    Aglianico from Italy
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  • Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi 2005 Front Label
    Mastroberardino Radici Taurasi 2005
    Aglianico from Campania, Italy
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  • Piccini Chianti Classico Riserva 2005 Front Label
    Piccini Chianti Classico Riserva 2005
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Valiano Chianti Classico Riserva 2005 Front Label
    Valiano Chianti Classico Riserva 2005
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  • Benanti Serra Della Contessa Etna Rosso 2005 Front Label
    Benanti Serra Della Contessa Etna Rosso 2005
    Other Red Blends from Sicily, Italy
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  • Ceretto Zonchera Barolo 2005 Front Label
    Ceretto Zonchera Barolo 2005
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 2005 Front Label
    Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 2005
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  • Riondo Amarone 2005 Front Label
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  • Planeta Merlot 2005 Front Label
    Planeta Merlot 2005
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  • Da Vinci Chianti 2005 Front Label
    Da Vinci Chianti 2005
    Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Ruffino Riserva Ducale Oro Chianti Classico 2005 Front Label
    Ruffino Riserva Ducale Oro Chianti Classico 2005
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Barone Ricasoli Rocca Guicciarda Chianti Classico Riserva 2005 Front Label
    Barone Ricasoli Rocca Guicciarda Chianti Classico Riserva 2005
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Vallana Gattinara 2005 Front Label
    Vallana Gattinara 2005
    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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  • Ruffino Modus 2005 Front Label
    Ruffino Modus 2005
    Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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