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

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Prosecco

    History of the grape: References to a lightly sparkling wine in the Veneto date back to the 1100s, but it was much sw...

  • 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

  • Bolla

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

  • Terre da Vino

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

  • Castello del Poggio

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

  • Gaetano D'Aquino

    Gaetano D’Aquino is a brand of imported Italian wines based out of California. The label is nam...

  • G.D. Vajra

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

  • Voga

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

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Italy on Snooth

  • Chionetti Dolcetto Dolcetto di Dogliani Briccolero 2015

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    Very opaque beautiful dark plum color. Nose of dark fruit. On the tip of the tongue a nice burst of berry and stone fruit. That quickly diminishes and I get some very serious tannin. This, to me, makes this a grown ups wine. I might like a bit of acid to better balance the tannin, but I do like this wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Crisio Verdicchio del Castelli di Jesi Classico Reserva 2012

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    I cannot remember where I got this one from, but it is delightful, Pale yellow gold in the Glass. Opens with nutty stone fruit. Medium weight and mouthful with it seems, just the right amount of oak. Finishes with a bit of spice, bell pepper, and pear and orange rind. Quite enjoyable. Now, I just have to find it again. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Tedeschi Valpolicella Classico Lucchine 2015

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    I had at European in Derby Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Tommasi Poggio Al Tufo Toscana Rompicollo 2014

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    Some cherry and stone fruit on entry. Not a particularly complex wine, although, I have to admit it is a relatively easy wine to drink. I guess that even though nothing stands out as being great about this wine, nothing really detracts from it either. On the other hand, for less than $12, I cant be disappointed. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Martini & Rossi White Blend Vermouth Bianco 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by mbgernaat


  • Porta Vita Rosso 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by Linderi


  • Feudo di Santa Tresa Purato Pinot Grigio 2013

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    I always was skeptical about so called organic wines... but this one is really nice for it's price. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Barbaresco Produttori del Barbaresco 2012

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    Light red fruit on the nose with a touch of a sweet floral note. Red fruited in the mouth with notible acidity with a long drying finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Zenato Azienda Zenato Alanera Rosso Veronese 2012

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    Very easy drinker. Quite light bodied. Moderate fruit. Good acid. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Poggio Basso Chianti 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by Richboldnaged


  • 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.

    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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