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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 wines. 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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  • Bertani Amarone Classico 2009 Front Label
    Bertani Amarone Classico 2009
    Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
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  • Masi Costasera Amarone Classico 2009 Front Label
    Masi Costasera Amarone Classico 2009
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  • Gaja Costa Russi 2009 Front Label
    Gaja Costa Russi 2009
    Nebbiolo from Piedmont, Italy
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  • Ferghettina Franciacorta Milledi Brut 2009 Front Label
    Ferghettina Franciacorta Milledi Brut 2009
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Italy
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  • Podernuovo a Palazzone Sotirio 2009 Front Label
    Podernuovo a Palazzone Sotirio 2009
    Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Le Corti Don Tommaso Chianti Classico 2009 Front Label
    Le Corti Don Tommaso Chianti Classico 2009
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Maso Canali Pinot Grigio 2009 Front Label
    Maso Canali Pinot Grigio 2009
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
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  • Tormaresca Neprica 2009 Front Label
    Tormaresca Neprica 2009
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  • Le Chiuse Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2009 Front Label
    Le Chiuse Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2009
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Arnaldo Caprai Sagrantino di Montefalco Collepiano 2009 Front Label
    Arnaldo Caprai Sagrantino di Montefalco Collepiano 2009
    Sagrantino from Umbria, Italy
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    • WE92
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  • Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2009 Front Label
    Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino 2009
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Collosorbo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2009 Front Label
    Collosorbo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2009
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2009 Front Label
    Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2009
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Rocche Costamagna Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata 2009 Front Label
    Rocche Costamagna Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata 2009
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Tenuta Guado al Tasso  2009 Front Label
    Tenuta Guado al Tasso 2009
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
    • WE98
    • JS97
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  • Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 2009 Front Label
    Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 2009
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2009 Front Label
    Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2009
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Palari Faro 2009 Front Label
    Palari Faro 2009
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  • Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2009 Front Label
    Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2009
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Villa Matilde Falanghina 2009 Front Label
    Villa Matilde Falanghina 2009
    Falanghina from Italy
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    • WE87
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  • Tommasi Amarone 2009 Front Label
    Tommasi Amarone 2009
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  • Tenuta di Valgiano Colline Lucchesi 2009 Front Label
    Tenuta di Valgiano Colline Lucchesi 2009
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  • Masi Campolongo di Torbe Amarone 2009 Front Label
    Masi Campolongo di Torbe Amarone 2009
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  • Arnaldo Caprai 25 Anni Montefalco Sagrantino 2009 Front Label
    Arnaldo Caprai 25 Anni Montefalco Sagrantino 2009
    Sagrantino from Umbria, Italy
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    • WS92
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  • Pieropan Soave Classico Calvarino 2009 Front Label
    Pieropan Soave Classico Calvarino 2009
    Garganega from Soave, Veneto, Italy
    • WE91
    • WS91
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