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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • Castello di Monsanto

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

  • Villa Jolanda

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

  • 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...

  • Castello del Poggio

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

  • Feudi di San Gregorio

    Situated in the tiny village of Sorbo Serpico in Campania's Irpinia region, this highly acclai...

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  • Castello di Neive Barbaresco 2007


    Actually 3.6+ stars. Color, this wine has a nice very classic barbaresco color, very light, pleasant, seductive. On the nose, wild flours, cherries, some black fruits, leather, rich, tar, some earthiness. Midpalate, wild roses and cherries are very vibrant, medium bodied, covers all your palate, some sweet tobacco coming through. It shows a lot ... Read More

    Wine review by 111ImNumber1

  • Alois Lageder Pinot Bianco Italy Veneto 2009


    Typical of this variety, the nose is muted with some light lemon, peach and cake spice - inviting in a wine suited to warm summer evenings. On the palate, there is a clean, balanced, thirst-quenching purity though without any intervening complexity. Very reminiscent of a lighter style Chardonnay or a typical Canadian Pinot Blanc. A very good ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Oko Pinot Grigio 2008


    Organic version available Read More

    Wine review by nequick

  • Beni di Batasiolo Bosc Dla Rei Moscato d'Asti DOCG 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by kristyreece

  • No way I can drink those four bottles by myself, and who wants the bubbly to go ... the similarities.) Northern Italy, French grapes, and Sicily's specialty?  It's a stretch, but I know there are some creative cooks here.  NapaGirl, that includes you!  What's anyone else eating? We have good cooks who can execute, but I want ideas and recipe Read More

    Forum post in the topic Virtual Tasting on July 6 and...

  • Falerno del Massico Rosso Campania Villa Matilde Callole Ce 2002


    No written review

    Wine review by Willie Whelan

  • Candoni Moscato 2006


    So so delicious!! Read More

    Wine review by KristenPaige

  • Beviamo Moscato d'Asti NV


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    Wine review by KristenPaige

  • Martini & Rossi Moscato 2010


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    Wine review by KristenPaige

  • Pinot Grigio DOC 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by alanb1108

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