Italian Wine

Wine in Italy is as much an integral part of everyday culture as love, family, cuisine and using hand gestures when speaking. There is a long relationship with wine, and its history dates back thousands of years. Ancient cultures such as the Mesopotamians, Phoenicians and Moors all came to Italy at one point, bringing in vines and methods of wine-making. The Greeks in particular had a large impact on what would transition into the Etruscan and Roman passion for wine. They settled in southern Italy in the 7th and 8th centuries BC, finding the conditions in the region perfectly suited to viticulture. They called their new territories “Oenotria,” which translates to “land of wine.” 

The Romans improved on many Greek wine-making traditions, such as updating grape presses, using props and trellises in the fields, aging wines in wooden casks, and using sealed containers with corks to store and present the wine. They also understood which grapes were best suited to certain soils Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Italy View all

  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

Subregions of Italy

  • Alto Adige

      Alto Adige is the north half of the larger region known as Trentino-Alto Adige, in norther...

  • Calabria

    Calabria is a region located at the southern tip of the “boot” of Italy. This peninsula kicks i...

  • Campania

      The region of Campania with its capital city of Naples is situated along the south western...

  • Emilia-romagna

    Emilia-Romagna is the hyphenated name for the two provinces which meet at the capital Bologna i...

  • Liguria

      Liguria is a wine region located on the Mediterranean coast of Italy that spreads between ...

  • Piedmont

      The name in Italian means “foot of the mountain,” given its location at the foot of the Al...

  • Piemonte

    From Asti Spumante to Barolo, the wines of Piedmont are among Italy’s most prolific and best ra...

  • Puglia

      Puglia (a.k.a. Apulia) is located in southeast Italy, or as many describe it, the “heel” o...

  • Sicily

      Wine grapes have always grown on the Italian island of Sicily. Some say it was Dionysus, t...

  • Trentino

      Trentino is the southernmost province of the Trentino-Alto Adige region in the north of It...

  • Tuscany

    To consider modern day Tuscan wine, one should give props to the Etruscans, who inhabited this ...

  • Umbria

      Umbria is a wine region tucked in central Italy, surrounded by Tuscany, Latium and the Mar...

  • Veneto

    The Veneto, located in the north-east of Italy, is a region that contributes a significant perc...

  • Abruzzi

      The Abruzzi (a.k.a. Abruzzo) region of Italy is situated halfway up the “boot,” facing the...

  • Apulia

      Puglia (a.k.a. Apulia) is located in southeast Italy, or as many describe it, the “heel” o...

Popular Wineries in Italy View all

  • Cantina Zaccagnini

    Cantina Zaccagnini is a winery located in Abruzzo, Italy. The winery was established in the la...

  • Dezzani

    Dezzani company has taken the path drawn by the first generation. Luigi. Franca and Giovanni, the...

  • Feudi di San Gregorio

    Situated in the tiny village of Sorbo Serpico in Campania's Irpinia region, this highly acclai...

  • Tommasi

    Tommasi Viticoltori(Tommasi vintners) is a family viticulture firm founded in 1902. It is situat...

  • Bolla

    Like all great legacies, the story of Bolla wines begins simply enough with one man, Abele Bolla....

  • Castello di Monsanto

    Castello di Monsanto is one of the most respected estates in Tuscany and one of the top produc...

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Italy on Snooth

  • D--They are impressive, those Chianina.  The Chiangus are interesting, ... are becoming less popular in Italy and haven't really taken off in the US:  People eating cheaper cuts of meet a la hamburgers or less meat in general; and their somewhat slower growth than other cattle.  Chianina couldn't be brought here for a long time because Italy s... Read More

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  • GdP, Jamie Wolff and I went up to Menaggio on our last day in Italy a couple years back. Stunning place.  They ought to try growing a little Riesling up there as well with the steep spots above the lake. I've had Codero di Montezemolo Monfalletto and it is a good Barolo, but I'm going to bet the Massolino is far the more age-worthy, and more tra... Read More

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  • OK, I know I mentioned a trip to Colmar France in another thread but I may not ... the north central region of Italy. We spent today, roaming the streets of Bellagio looking for George but instead, found a nice wine bar called aperitivo et al for lunch.  The CFO did a three flight tasting of local (Lombardy) wines (sparkler, white and red) and... Read More

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  • 90 Cellars Lot 50 Prosecco 2013

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    Binny's 5/28/16. Memorial weekend at Brook's with Penelope. Lovely sparkler...precursor to a grilled salmon/asparagus dinner. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Santa Cristina Casasole Orvieto DOC Classico Amabile 2014

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • La Gironda Moscato d'Asti 2014

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  • La Ganghija Nebbiolo d'Alba 2013

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    Just what pure Nebbiolo should be about.Earthy, spicy and floral, with deep concentrated flavors, leather mint. long harmonius and good acid levels Read More

    Wine review by dlpugh


  • La Lastra Vernaccia Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2010

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    Had this wine in San Gimignano last September and had trouble finding it here at home. I did find a great shop on-line and have been buying it since. It's my favorite white......crisp, light and refreshing. I drink it with anything but it's especially good with salads and fish. Read More

    Wine review by tcallen


  • Getting ready to head out on our vacation to Menaggio, Italy and decided to open a bottle of something Italian. Couldn't have picked a much better white than this bottle of Montenidoli Vernaccia di San Gimignano Fiore 2012.This is just a fantastic Italian white. Elisabetta makes some fantastic wines and this is just another great example. The co... Read More

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  • Montenidoli Vernaccia di San Gimignano Fiore 2012

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    This is just a fantastic Italian white. Elisabetta makes some fantastic wines and this is just another great example. The color has a bit of a golden hue and the nose carries a bit of floral notes. The best part is the taste of honeysuckle, honey, lemon curd with a creamy and rich texture, decent acidity and a long finish. There is a lot going o... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • What I noted the last couple of years is that the price/quality from the southern regions of Italy are improving each year. Several small producers have invested in their infrastructure in are using wine experts to work on quality. Puglia, Campania, Sicily and Calabria are the regions to watch the coming years ...

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  • PASTA & WINE... Pasta is very versatile with wine and it is the sauces you need to bear in mind. With tomato based dishes, fruity Italian reds such as Montepulciano d’Abruzzo or barbera make an excellent choice, as do many young sangiovese wines, including Chianti. With pesto go for a light, fresh white such as Verdicchio or pinot grigio and for...

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  • Hi hoping someone can help..in gthe late 1970's early 1980's Victoria Wines shops sold a white Italian wine called Tranimer..it was fruity and fragrent,soft and gentle to the taste with a smooth after taste. I ahve tries many Italian wines since but have yet to find one that is just so..even just talking about it I can taste it in my mouth lol. ...

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  • I'm going to be in Tuscany in September. Can you give me the names of some of the wineries that are open for tasting, tours, and purchasing.

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  • I am looking for Benedetta Chianti 2008, can anyone help?

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  • If it's a sangiovese grape it can't be wrong.

    Comment by 364170tameekhenderson 364170 tameekhenderson


  • THIS IS ONE MY WIFE'S FAVORITE WINES . THIS IS A WOMAN WHO DO NOT DRINK ALC. AND SHE HAS ASK TO BUY ANOTHER BOTTLE OF MARSALA SWEET WINE. THANK YOU

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  • Where do I find TOSO's Fragolino wine?

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  • I love Italy and I love Fragolino wine.....TOSO

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