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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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

  • Cantina Zaccagnini

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

  • Feudi di San Gregorio

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

  • Tommasi

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

  • Dezzani

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

  • MASI

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

  • 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

  • Cabreo la Pietra Chardonnay 2012

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    Wine review by Teppo


  • Regaleali Bianco Sicilia Tasca 2013

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Conte Priola Delle Venezie Pinot Noir 2008

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    Wine review by alicatinthehat


  • Cascina Adelaide Barbera d'Alba Superior Amabilin 2007

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    True to verital. Full bodied, smooth finish. Want more! Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Great to have some boots on the ground in Italy again!  Hope you can stick around.I've only recently became a fan of Sauternes and I always joke that it's because I have turned into an old English gentleman--reverting to form, as my great grand father was a prominent merchant in London.  (He was apparently an important fishmonger--his obituary r... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello from Rome


  • Verdi Peach

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    Verdi Peach Sparkletini Italian Spumante - Sparkletini is an elegant, ... ... all-natural beverage made in Italy by the renowned Bosca family. Sparkletini is a delightfully sparkling Spumante with a light, refreshing taste that's perfect whenever you feel like enjoying a fun, sophisticated drink. Serve chilled to enjoy its balanced, clean tast... Read More

    Wine review by RDDEES


  • Polvanera Fiano Minutolo Puglia IGT 2013

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • nvesting in wine is by no means a new phenomenon. Many years before fine wine ... Burgundy, Rhone, Champagne, Italy and the iconic wines of the New World are now a consideration for the collector and investor alike. From the latter part of last year and into 2014 we have seen a strengthening of market confidence. Activity has increased in rece... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Fine Wine Investment...


  • Pico Maccario Barbera d'Asti Villa Della Rosa 2013

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    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Moscato d'Asti Exclusively for Chateau Élan 2014

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    Very light, not too sweet, lightly bubbly Read More

    Wine review by khines1267


  • 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

    Comment by 419932phillyqueso 419932 phillyqueso


  • 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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