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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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

  • San Silvestro

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

  • G.D. Vajra

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

  • Dezzani

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

  • Bolla

    Like all great legacies, the story of Bolla wines begins simply enough with one man, Abele Bolla....

  • Voga

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

  • Terre da Vino

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

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  • Brunello di Montalcino Assunto Bellaria 2011

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    Wine review by Stubs66


  • Brunello di Montalcino Assunto Bellaria 2011

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    Wine review by Stubs66


  • Canei White

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    My wife adores this wine. Used to be able to buy in N Ireland but now we cant find it and have to shop on line. She enjoys each mouthfull Glad to find it finally for her to enjoy again on her 56th Birthday. Read More

    Wine review by John Gracie


  • Colpetrone Montefalco Rosso 2011

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    Powdered sugar on the nose with a high fruit top note of cherry compote and floral salinity adding some complexity. In the mouth this has delicate fruit on entry but a well structured palate of chewy tannins and mixed berry notes of raspberry and blueberry, finishing floral with hints of red licorice and fresh cream. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Camigliano Rosso di Montalcino 2013

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    Wine review by Stubs66


  • Contrada Vallone 2011

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    Beautiful Old World red that expresses the terroir of the Marche. I taste Italian tradition in every sip. Earthy leather on the nose, followed by a terroir-driven taste- leathery fruit through from the front palate to a juicy savoryness mid-palate through the finish. I'll take 2 Read More

    Wine review by zeiger


  • Candoni Moscato

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    Effervescent mouthfeel is extremely fruity with notes of peach and apricot, honey and oranges. In the mouth this is delicate and honeyed with lots of ripe red apples, pear and floral notes of orange blossom and a slight touch of tart lemon on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Keeping with the summery peaches theme, you could always go with a Bellini, ... of Sangria, from southern Italy, is a pitcher half to 2/3 full of Falanghina topped off with peeled peach halves. Let it sit covered either in the fridge or in a bucket of ice for a few hours, and you're in busines Read More

    Forum post in the topic Summer Sippers - Cocktails,...


  • Gran Passione Salice Salentino Riserva 2012

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    Intriguing, smoky notes of forest floor and farmyard on the nose with dark plum and blackberry with some ripe red apple. Assertive and red fruited on the palate with tart raspberry and cherry notes and hints of clove and loamy earth. This is full and fresh with pert acidity, finishing with a warm medicinal note. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Alois Lageder Dolomite Pinot Blanco 2014

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    Binny's 5/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • 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..

    Comment by 102443Somme196 102443 Somme196


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

    Comment by 531965JLP1 531965 JLP1


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

    Comment by 510484Rob62 510484 Rob62


  • 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....

    Comment by 473862sailorwinelover 473862 sailorwinelover


  • 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.

    Comment by 254999SVNTHMOON 254999 SVNTHMOON


  • 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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