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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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  • Dal Forno Romano Monte Lodoletta Amarone della Valpolicella 2008 Front Label
    Dal Forno Romano Monte Lodoletta Amarone della Valpolicella 2008
    Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
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  • Salvatore Molettieri Taurasi Vigna Cinque Querce 2008  Front Label
    Salvatore Molettieri Taurasi Vigna Cinque Querce 2008
    Aglianico from Campania, Italy
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  • Bertani Amarone Classico 2008 Front Label
    Bertani Amarone Classico 2008
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  • Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2008 Front Label
    Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Livio Sassetti Brunello di Montalcino Pertimali 2008 Front Label
    Livio Sassetti Brunello di Montalcino Pertimali 2008
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Fontanafredda La Rosa Barolo 2008 Front Label
    Fontanafredda La Rosa Barolo 2008
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Tenuta Guado al Tasso  2008 Front Label
    Tenuta Guado al Tasso 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008 Front Label
    Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Elio Grasso Gavarini Vigna Chiniera Barolo 2008 Front Label
    Elio Grasso Gavarini Vigna Chiniera Barolo 2008
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Tolaini Valdisanti Toscana 2008 Front Label
    Tolaini Valdisanti Toscana 2008
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  • Pio Cesare Barolo 2008 Front Label
    Pio Cesare Barolo 2008
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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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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  • 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
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Podere Il Palazzino Chianti Classico Argenina 2008 Front Label
    Podere Il Palazzino Chianti Classico Argenina 2008
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra 2008 Front Label
    Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra 2008
    Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico 2008 Front Label
    Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico 2008
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Salvatore Molettieri Taurasi Vigna Cinque Querce 2008 Front Label
    Salvatore Molettieri Taurasi Vigna Cinque Querce 2008
    Other Red Blends from Campania, Italy
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  • Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Ovello Riserva 2008 Front Label
    Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Ovello Riserva 2008
    Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Le Chiuse Brunello di Montalcino 2008 Front Label
    Le Chiuse Brunello di Montalcino 2008
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • La Spinetta Barbera d'Asti Ca Di Pian 2008 Front Label
    La Spinetta Barbera d'Asti Ca Di Pian 2008
    Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Marchesi di Barolo Barbera d'Alba Ruvei 2008 Front Label
    Marchesi di Barolo Barbera d'Alba Ruvei 2008
    Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
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  • Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino 2008 Front Label
    Col d'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino 2008
    Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
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  • Antinori Peppoli Chianti Classico 2008 Front Label
    Antinori Peppoli Chianti Classico 2008
    Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
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  • I Greppi Bolgheri Greppicante 2008 Front Label
    I Greppi Bolgheri Greppicante 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
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  • Pieropan Soave Classico La Rocca 2008 Front Label
    Pieropan Soave Classico La Rocca 2008
    Garganega from Soave, Veneto, Italy
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