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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Prosecco

    History of the grape: References to a lightly sparkling wine in the Veneto date back to the 1100s, but it was much sw...

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

  • MASI

    The Boscaini family have been the owners of the Masi vineyards for six generations. Sandro Boscai...

  • Dezzani

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

  • San Silvestro

    The “Cantine San Silvestro” is located in the territory of the Commune of Novello. It mainly prod...

  • Cantina Terre Del Barolo

    The wine cellar “Lands of the Barolo“ The “Terre del Barolo“ winery ‘s distinguished range of pro...

  • Castello di Monsanto

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

  • Cantina Zaccagnini

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

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Italy on Snooth

  • Riunite Raspberry Riunite Raspberry

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    Sweet wet after dinner wine that has a slight scent of raspberry and a whole lot of raspberry flavour. Good balance, not overly candy sweet (like DeKuyper's Razzmatazz) and only a hit of tart bite. A bit light on alcohol flavour, this is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for sangria sippers and fruit cocktail consumers. Read More

    Wine review by Aegelis


  • Masi Corvina Blend Veronese IGT Campofiorin 2015

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    These Valpolicella wines of Verona have an inviting perfume (nose) of medicinally scented fresh vines. Otherwise, the Corvina (note reference to the Corvids) grape is strongly endowed with bitter cherry (very home-spun in profile) and little else. Good outdoor picnic fare, if that's what you seek. 85. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Monzio Compagnoni Brut Franciacorta 2010

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    Smoky citrus aromas, ever so slightly honeyed on the nose with a pleasant floral note and some green apple, peach and lemon underneath the toast. Smooth and creamy palate with pleasant citrus fruit notes of orange and grapefruit, tart acidity and dark toast, finishing bready with biscuit notes and fresh peach fruit. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Villa Emozione Brut Franciacorta 2013

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    Dark toast and biscuit aromas with an oaty, buttered note with crisp fruit notes of lemon and grapefruit. Lively and tart on the palate with searing acidity, fresh citrus flavors of grapefruit and tangerine, melon rind and more smoky toasted notes of wheat and barley, finishing with more tart acidity and puckering citrus pith. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Mirabella Brut Rose Franciacorta

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    Plush strawberry and cherry aromas are lightly floral and touched by flaky puff pastry and delicate floral honey. Fresh spice and a creamy texture on the palate with gorgeous fruit flavors of cherry, strawberry and tart cranberry towards the finish, this displays great depth and full body with length and style. 93 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Ricci Curbastro Saten Brut Franciacorta 2013

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    Plush floral aromas of wildflower, baked pear and apple with mild yeast. Zesty and brightly fruited with searing acidity, tart and lemon driven fruit notes, touches of melon and cream, fresh orange and lime pith with a toasted finish thats light and crisp. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Majolini Brut Franciacorta 2014

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    Tart Meyer lemon and light toast, pastry dough and grapefruit on the nose. Creamy palate of fresh lemon cream and grapefruit zest, a bit of green apple, pear skins and warm spice, finishing with melon and butter notes. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Brancher Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry Valdobbiadene 2017

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    Creamy vanilla and floral peach aromas with ripe apple notes on the nose. The palate is toasted and bready with some fruit notes of grapefruit and green apple, fresh spice, austere and earthy topnotes and a finish of dried stone fruit and toasted wood spices. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Mongarda Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry Valdobbiadene

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    Fresh citrus and peach aromas, a bit light on the nose but carrying a touch of a green note. The palate has some complexity of flavors, fresh herbs, green apple, pear and lemon flavors mix with a medium plus acidity and a creamy textured mouthfeel, finishing with a bit more grassiness and fresh tangerine. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Bortolomiol Prior Prosecco Superiore Brut Valdobbiadene 2017

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    Stony and mineral notes with dried peach and apricot aromas, hints of citrus and some ripe melon. Dry and fresh palate or crisp citrus, tart acidity, lemon and lime flavors, with nice spice on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • So amazingly beautiful. Some great wines in locations of beauty. Please tell me how I can get a case of your wine bottles for a wedding design on tables. Prefer empty by Will buy with wine. Strawberry moscata pineapple . Thank you for all your assistance.

    Comment by 2180704Snoother 2180704 2180704 Snoother 2180704


  • 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 ...

    Comment by 1296096NirvinoBe 1296096 NirvinoBe


  • 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...

    Comment by 902305Baffetto de Roma 902305 Baffetto de Roma


  • 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. ...

    Comment by 827015nunn 827015 nunn


  • 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.

    Comment by 468011ssolot 468011 ssolot


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

    Comment by 794731Pam333 794731 Pam333


  • 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

    Comment by 647363Liman Roy 647363 Liman Roy


  • Where do I find TOSO's Fragolino wine?

    Comment by 629667fragolino 629667 fragolino


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

    Comment by 629667fragolino 629667 fragolino


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