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...

  • 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 ...

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...

  • Fattoria Il Poggio

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

  • Pescevino

    Pescevino is a wine produced in the Marches region of Italy, packaged in a unique, fish-shaped,...

  • Villa Jolanda

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

  • G.D. Vajra

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

  • Cantina Terre Del Barolo

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

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Italy on Snooth

  • Chardonnay, no biggie right? Well I don't often find chardonnay from Italy and if this is indicative I'll be looking for a lot more.  This has some nice lemon peel on the nose. The flavor profile has the same along with lemon cream, a touch of green apple and just a hint of white pepper. This is fermented in stainless and concrete - no oak, so t... Read More

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  • Tiefenbrunner Chardonnay 2014


    This is an extremely enjoyable Italian chardonnay. This has some nice lemon peel on the nose. The flavor profile has the same along with lemon cream, a touch of green apple and just a hint of white pepper. This is fermented in stainless and concrete - no oak, so the acidity is right up front and the finish is medium long. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Well, my last volunteer wine pouring at the Wine in the Water Park event for ... and a Chianti from Tuscany, Italy.  One lady gave me a $2 tip and another lady gave me $1.  These were my first tips at this event and totally unexpected.  Personally I think they were hitting on me and of course I did my best to not encourage them.  Besides, Sand... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • Mionetto Prosecco DOC Treviso NV


    Initially gassy on the nose but a hint of citrus comes through. Small bubbles tickle the mouth with a pleasant amount of acid and a touch of RS. Finishes long with a slightly bitter finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Pio Cesare Cortese di Gavi 2013


    Nice, light, crisp and refreshing Gavi from Pio Cesare. The nose is light with a little funky lemon wax scent. On the tongue there's plenty of light lemon cream, not quite ripe pear and a bit of lemon grass. The acidity is medium plus and the finish medium minus. Not bad for a mid-week, summertime quaff. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Apollonio Copertino 2007


    Paul's favorite Read More

    Wine review by PREP

  • Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Tan Label 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by Liandra160

  • Renato Ratti Nebbiolo Ochetti 2012


    slight twang/funk, boozy Read More

    Wine review by fourthfromleft

  • Alasia Moscato d'Asti 2014


    Excellent tasting wine at a very modest price. Read More

    Wine review by kelluvssandy

  • Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico 2011


    Not particularly dark, garnet color. Musty, woody nose. Initial hit of candied fruits is a bit disappointing. Medium bodied. Very light on the acid makes this a pretty flabby wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Italy service - wine ( for shops/cash and carry/restaurants/hotels) diurectly form winery, Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino, Puglia and Venice best wines. Holiday homes and properties in Tuscany and other regions.

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  • Hope to get more information about the main feature of your company and your beer or beer machine etc. Thanks very much. And I would like to know whether you are in need of the brew house(mash tun, kettle etc.), fermenter, cooling system, yeast propagation or CIP cleaning system and other machine? And have the idea of changing your old bee...

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  • Absolutely right. Looking forward to reading more..

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  • I had the best wine and can't find it anywhere: Merlot Delle Venezie 2005 Ca'Stellor. Castello Roganzuolo is on the back.

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  • Italian Wine is now out selling all other wines from around the world and that's a fact

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  • What mainly got me interested in italian wine was that I was in the tuscany region for a few days when I was in the Navy. Our ship was docked at Livorno and we went to Camp Darby which is close to Pisa, so we got to see the tower. I also spent some time in Naples as our ship was there also. So I decided to try some Italian wines and I love them....

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  • Rome was beautiful, the people were the friendliest and kindest people I have met in a long, long time. Had an excellent Barolo at a quaint cafe a few blocks away from the Piazza del Popolo. If you like sweet try the limoncello too.

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  • Italy Rocks

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  • Beautiful view of Messina, Sicilia..Italia Sicily's most famous wine, Marsala, was first made in the city of that name on the western coast by the Woodhouse firm, which also sold Port. Like its sisters Port and Sherry, Marsala is a fortified wine with an alcohol content of around twenty percent. Varietal Wines from Sicily Carricante (Cata...

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