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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

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

  • Castello del Poggio

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

  • Dezzani

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

  • Tommasi

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

  • Cantina Zaccagnini

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

  • Fattoria Il Poggio

    The history of the farm “Il Poggio” is nearly as ancient as its land, which has always rewarded m...

  • Mezzacorona

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

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  • Maggio Vini Rapadu Frapatto 2010


    Animal and mineral on the nose with sweet, roasty notes topped by hints of red flowers and rosemary. In the mouth this is round, fleshy and a bit heavy with muddy fruit and extracted tannins. The short finish is dry, compressed and bite. 80pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Terre di Giurfo Frappato Sicilia IGT Belsito Frappato 2009


    spice notes. Soft and easy in the mouth with a nice blend of fruit and mineral tones, though the mid-palate here feels a bit diluted and the finish is short. 84pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Cos Frappato 2009


    Intensely aromatic spicy wild fruit on the nose has a touch of orange and guava adding an exotic edge. Rather broad in the mouth, a bit pillowy in that it is mouth filling if a bit hollow, with tannins that have a bitter edge. The tannins dominate the finish and keep the strawberry/cherry fruit compressed on the palate. With air the finish gets ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Valle Dell'Acate Frappato Sicilia IGT 2010


    A bit reductive on the nose with floral notes and gentle fruit tones. Bright and juicy in the mouth with fine acids and just the barest tannins. Very floral-toned fruit with a light, transparent feel and a slight mineral edge to the refreshing finish. 86pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Terre di Giurfo Frappato Sicilia IGT Belsito Frappato 2010


    Pretty on the nose with fresh herbs and ripe red fruits. In the mouth this is round with soft edges up front, followed by a much tenser, more mineral-tinged mid-palate with acid heightened notes of red currant fruit. This flavor profile is a bit light but this has a very nice texture with good length. 88pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Terre del Giurfo Frappato Other Red Sicily 2009


    Intense on the nose with spice, floral, medicinal herbs, tar, talc and iron tones. Rich yet bright in the mouth with intense acids and fine-grained tannins keeping this firm and focused in the mouth. The fruit is well-framed on the mid-palate by savory tannins and picks up gentle suggestions of vanilla, rose petal and mineral on the taut, fresh ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Occhipinti Frappato IGT 2008


    Fresh on the nose with intense floral notes and fine herb stem aromas framing gorgeously pure red fruits that retain watermelon-y freshness. Round in the mouth with some austere tannins up front. Rich, if not powerful, though packed with lively fresh red fruits. This offers the perfect blend of fresh berry fruit and cool forest floor in a super ... Read More

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  • Arianna Occhipinti Frappato Sicilia IGT Il Frappato 2009


    Root beer on the nose with a complex nose of candied astringent red fruits, a bit of greenish watermelon rind, medicinal herbs, earth and a hint of lemon. Bright and balsamic on entry with refreshing acidity accenting the core of strawberry fruit. The fruit here is soft and gentle, astringent with the tannins helping to tense things up towards t... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Giovanni Corino Barolo 2005


    Actually 2.9+ stars. Color, this wine has a classic barolo color, light, and delicate. On the nose, it was so tight at the beginning but after 5 hours of opining it opined up, black fruits coming through, wild cherries, blackberry, blueberry, a hint of vanilla and black licorice, a hint of dry leaves and earthiness, tar as well. Midpalate, light... Read More

    Wine review by 111ImNumber1

  • It's a beautiful day this morning, with the exception of a backing up sewer grate in front of the house!I had a great drive yesterday through the mountains to the west of trentino, coming through the Passo Tonale. Today I have some chores to do and will be taking picture to use during next week's virtual tasting. I hope you guys are ready to joi... Read More

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