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

  • Merlot

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

  • Sangiovese

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

  • Prosecco

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

  • 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...

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

  • Dezzani

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

  • Castello del Poggio

      Castello del Poggio is just that - a castle. With a history dating back to medieval tim...

  • Cantina Zaccagnini

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

  • Cantina Terre Del Barolo

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

  • Voga

    Voga is an Italian wine brand in the under $10 range with unique bottle shapes reminiscent of p...

  • MASI

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

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Italy on Snooth

  • Corte Adami Soave 2010

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    Very citrusy on the nose with a fresh character recalling grapefruit and plums. Nice and gently fruited in the mouth with some baby fat lending this a slightly larger than expected feel in the mouth. This is just lovely with sweet lemony fruit up front followed by peach and mineral notes in a balanced, fresh, if somewhat simple package. 87pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Soave Classico Runcaris Fattori 2010

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    2010 Fattori Runcaris Soave ClassicoRaw almond and floral notes on the nose with a building array of acacia, citron and melon aromas. Bright and round in the mouth with a rich melony mid-palate that has a peach accent tone. Lightly mineral with a fresh, easy, clean feel and a touch of cool icy spice on the finale. 88pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Sandro de Bruno Soave Superiore 2008

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    Leesy on the nose with growing notes of smoky minerals that explode from the glass with air. Nice richness in the mouth with fine acid balance and a hint of tannin here. The fruit is fresh and cool on the palate, supported by the light spice of the tannin, though the wine is a touch simple. 88pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Monte Tondo Soave Classico 2008

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    Pear wood on the nose, which is a bit flat with a growing balsamic top note. Rich and fruit-driven on entry with excellent firm acidity and hints of wood spice and tannin lending nice support on the mid-palate. The fruit is a bit simple, aptly, with bright acids that help drive the fruit-driven finish. 88pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Corte Adami Vigna Delle Corte Soave 2009

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    A touch herbal on the nose with a dried grass element adding some complexity to the core of apple fruit and slatey mineral top notes. Fine balance in the mouth with a rich feel from a month's drying of the grapes. Still very fresh in the mouth with nice mineral and almond accent notes that enhance the fruity mid-palate but loses focus on the mod... Read More

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  • Danieli Soave Fattori 2009

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    Apricot and floral on the nose with an underlying sweetness and lightly salty mineral top notes. Tense and nicely rich in the mouth with very smoky tinged mineral flavors. Nice clarity in the mouth aided by bright acids and salty minerals. A touch elegant with fine fruit and the clarity of a fine Chablis. 89pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Coffele Soave Classico Alzari 2009

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    Tight on the nose with earthy tones under dried fruit skin notes. A silken entry with a really gentle and fine depth of citrus accented by ripe orchard fruits. A fine, firm mid-palate is rich with bright, pithy lemony citrus fruit tones that leads to an elegant finish. 89pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Coffele Ca' Visco 2010

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    Floral and decidedly citrusy on the nose with orchard fruits supported by citrusy fruit. Rich and fairly intense in the mouth with peach, citrus and orange flavors that hint at tropical fruit. A lively finish with a hint of tannin and nice mineral notes that fade slowly on the long finish. 89pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Coffele Soave Classico Superiore 2009

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    Acacia and balsam tones dominate the aromatic nose with notes of lemon oil, slate and mineral emerging with time. Round and fairly opulent with nice apple fruit supported by nicely integrated acids. This has a fresh but tactile finish with decent length for a wine that turns surprisingly elegant while remaining fairly rich. 89pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Vicentini Agostino Soave Terre Lunghe 2010

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    Bright on entry but broad with gentle layered mineral, spice, nectarine and pithy citrus fruit tones. The mineral top note on the palate really asserts itself on the finish, lending this a firmness and vibrancy as the minerality plays off the lime flavors. With air this gains some focus but the flavors begin to meld together. Definitely a wine t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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