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

  • Prosecco

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • Sangiovese

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

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

  • Terre da Vino

    The many guests who arrive at our winery every day cannot help but notice that they are literally...

  • Bolla

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

  • Gaetano D'Aquino

    Gaetano D’Aquino is a brand of imported Italian wines based out of California. The label is nam...

  • Tommasi

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

  • San Silvestro

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

  • G.D. Vajra

    Vergne, the highest village in the Commune of Barolo, with vineyards planted to nebbiolo at heigh...

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  • Cantina Terlano Sauvignon Blanc Terlano Winkl 2010


    Intensely herbal on the nose with fresh green over exotic fruit notes of passionfruit, kiwi and gooseberry. Ripping acidity on entry braces the palate and supports flavors of fresh cut grass and citrus fruits with a soft tropical top note. This exhibits excellent balance with an elegant, yet tense, feel and a moderately long, succulent finish. 9... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Terlano Sauvignon Blanc Quartz 2009


    Clear and bright on the nose with a light fruitiness topped with bright herbal top notes. Rich and almost opulent in the mouth, yet with a feel bordering on underripe (in a good way), bursting with minerally lime fruit that is wonderfully aromatic with excellent length and really fine persistence of fruit. 93pts Read More

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  • Terlano Sauvignon Quartz 2007


    Hugely aromatic with a steely mineral base, then just layers of white floral tones, soft gooseberries, a touch of mint and wonderfully fresh cut citrus fruit. This absolutely fills the mouth with an expansive, soft, yet vibrant feeling wine. The acidity here is present and firm, though its wrapped in juicy rich greengage plum fruit with a touch ... Read More

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  • Maggiovini Cerasuolo 2007


    60% Nero dAvola, 40% FrappatoSweet and fruity on the nose with black cherry fruit topped with some licorice and spice. Light feeling in the mouth with a roundness that is punctuated by angular tannins. This retains nice weight, though it feels a bit extracted on the finish. The mid-palate drops out a bit, though the black cherry and licorice ton... Read More

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  • Terre di Giurfo Maskaria 2008


    65% Nero dAvola, 35% FrappatoTight and jammy on the nose with sweet raspberry fruit and spiky acidity. Nicely textured in the mouth with good acid cut and fine intensity of fruit. With air the acidity definitely takes over the palate here, tamping down the fruit and cutting the finish short. May just need time for the fruit to open. 85pts Read More

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  • Feudo di Santa Tresa Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2009


    Floral on the nose with touches of white pepper and talcy soil adding some detail. Easy in the mouth with a soft, broad uncomplicated feel and easy, obvious, front-loaded black cherry and black raspberry flavors that finish briefly. 85pts Read More

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  • Arianna Occhipinti Grote Alte 2008


    In effect, a Cerasuolo Riserva Nero dAvola and Frappato blend.Floral on the nose with an up front pine needle note, which is covered by red currant and berry fruits. Velvety in the mouth with nice power and good density without much weight. The fruit is quite dark, recalling black cherry and black raspberries with a very refined, elegant feel. W... Read More

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  • Cerasuolo Vittoria Classico Cos 2007


    Very rose petal-scented with hints of black cherry and juniper adding complexity. Almost silky in the mouth with very floral and herbal inner mouth perfumes. This is elegant and refined with great length to the fresh black cherry fruit that is supported by a bed of fine tannins. 91pts Read More

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  • Cos Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico 2006


    Very evolved on the nose with real autumnal character. Soft and loose in the mouth with fruit that is a touch roasted, though there are nice mineral, clay and burnished cherry flavors that end abruptly. 84pts Read More

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  • Cos Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico 2008


    Very perfumed with clay soil tones, a touch of animal, some iron notes and fine, lightly astringent red fruits. Soft and broad in the mouth with slightly austere tannins and acids that are more mouthwatering than spiky. The finish is fabulous with perfumed fruit that has a peachy sweetness to it. Wonderfully exciting wine. 92pts Read More

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