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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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

  • G.D. Vajra

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

  • Villa Jolanda

    It was back in the post war period when the Santero brothers Leopoldo, Renzo, Aldo and Adelio, fo...

  • Terre da Vino

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

  • Gaetano D'Aquino

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

  • San Silvestro

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

  • Mezzacorona

    Responsible for overseeing Gruppo Mezzacorona, the Mezzacorona Societa Cooperativa Agricola wa...

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Italy on Snooth

  • Ecco Domani Merlot Venezie IGT 2009

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    Wine review by gillamk


  • Cos Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2004

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    Light wine very nice bottle outshine the perception of the wine. brief finish. Nice with thin crust pizza. alcohol level fits nice withthe rest for a well balanced light wine Read More

    Wine review by ViveBene


  • Pieropan Soave Classico la Rocca 2009

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    Very nice. Well rounded, with subtle citrus notes. Great classy example of Veneto whites Read More

    Wine review by jefortier


  • Veneto Prosecco NV

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    Pale yellow and almost colorless. Crisp taste with granny-smith apples, pear, and floral notes. Light-bodied with a clean finish. Read More

    Wine review by la dut


  • Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Oro 2005

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    Great fruit Wine Read More

    Wine review by erlarsen


  • Donnafugata Ben Ryé Passito di Pantelleria DOC 2007

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    From my online review of Donnafugata Ben Rye 2007 at http://www.dalluva.com/wine-journal/5-italian-wines-that-know-how-to-party/Off the southern coast of Sicily, smack dab in the middle of the Mediterranean and a stones throw away from rebellious Tunisia lies the tiny, sirocco-swept island of Pantelleria. This island is heavenly to visit on hol... Read More

    Wine review by dalluva


  • Donnafugata Ben Rye Passito di Pantelleria Italy 2008

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    From my online review of Donnafugata Ben Rye 2008 at http://www.dalluva.com/wine-journal/5-italian-wines-that-know-how-to-party/Off the southern coast of Sicily, smack dab in the middle of the Mediterranean and a stones throw away from rebellious Tunisia lies the tiny, sirocco-swept island of Pantelleria. This island is heavenly to visit on hol... Read More

    Wine review by dalluva


  • Vietti Roero Arneis Southern Hemisphere Chile Chile 2009

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    From my online review of Vietti Roero Arneis 2009 at http://www.dalluva.com/wine-journal/5-italian-wines-that-know-how-to-party/If you like Pinot Grigio, think of Vietti Roero Arneis 2009 as its more fresh, extroverted friend the perfect guest everyone likes to have around at a party. Crisp green apples, grapefruit, and pears come through on t... Read More

    Wine review by dalluva


  • Bisceglia Aglianico Aglianico del Vulture Gudarrà 2006

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    From my online review of Bisceglia's Gudarra 2006 at http://www.dalluva.com/wine-journal/5-italian-wines-that-know-how-to-party/If youre a fan of big reds, youre going to love this wine. Bring a glass of Gudarrà up to your nose and youll sense dark plum and blackberry fruits, dried savory herbs, and earth lots of it. Sip this jet-black wine ... Read More

    Wine review by dalluva


  • Chianti Classico Riserva Felsina Tuscany 2007

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    My thoughts on Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva 2007, from my online review at http://www.dalluva.com/wine-journal/5-italian-wines-that-know-how-to-party/Felsina arguably makes the most popular, food-friendly Chianti Classico ever crafted. Youll find this very quaffable red on the menus of Italian restaurants in America everywhere. Save yourse... Read More

    Wine review by dalluva


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