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...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • 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...

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

  • MASI

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

  • Mezzacorona

    Responsible for overseeing Gruppo Mezzacorona, the Mezzacorona Societa Cooperativa Agricola wa...

  • Cantina Zaccagnini

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

  • Castello di Monsanto

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

  • Fattoria Il Poggio

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

  • Bolla

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

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Italy on Snooth

  • Charles Smith 'Secco' 'Italian Bubbles' Moscato 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by LuLu0221


  • Castello del Poggio Moscato d'Asti 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by LuLu0221


  • Il Bastardo Sangiovese di Toscana 2008

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    This is a great table wine for the price. The palate is not complicated and tastes of cherry and strawberry. Additionally, the label is pretty rad. Read our full review here: http://goo.gl/TezxHL Read More

    Wine review by twoforksandacorkscrew


  • Melini Vigneti la Selvanella Chianti Classico Riserva 2010

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    Deceptive nomenclature - because it is Melini behind the fancy name - so has some pedigree (established 1705) in the Classic region of Tuscany. The nose is cheerfully cherry (if I may be permitted this alliterative) with some Mediterranean earth and herb; decant, and you will enjoy the bitter chocolate, cherry and youthful finesse of this wine.... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Tre Filer VdT Bianco Dolce 2008

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    White Blend: Turbiana, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.The grapes are dried out for 3 months, then they are pressed.Colour: clear, golden.Perfume: very rich, with hazelnut, dried fruit, honey notes. The smell is strong but harmonious and it remember an autumn sunny day.Taste: exellent balance between sweetness, acidity and flavor. The freshness i... Read More

    Wine review by Silvia Fantoni


  • Bellavista Franciacorta Gran Cuvee Brut Sparkling Wine Franciacorta 2007

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    Chardonnay-Pinor Noir Blend Degorg. 2012 - Colour: clear, yellow with golden reflection, very fine perlage, persistent and abundant, very pleasant in mouth.Perfume: full bouquet, very elegant, with a characteristic perfume of bread crust and yeasts, flower, and white fruits.Taste: very good drinkability, balanced, fresh and savoury, great struct... Read More

    Wine review by Silvia Fantoni


  • Bellavista Alma Franciacorta Cuvée Brut NV

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    80% Chardonnay, 19% Pinor Noir, 1% Pinot Blanc.Colour: soft yellow, exellent and persistent perlage.Perfume: simple but balanced, fruity, fresh bread, peanuts, vanilla.Taste: fine and balanced, medium structure and acidity, exellent drinkability. Read More

    Wine review by Silvia Fantoni


  • Voulet Malvasia di Casorzo d'Asti 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by mujerbonita75


  • Pier Barbaresco Riserva Rio Sordo 2001

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    Wine review by anchca


  • Bruno Giacosa Barbera d'Alba 2012

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    Wine review by anchca


  • 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.

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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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