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

  • Bolla

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

  • Dezzani

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

  • G.D. Vajra

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

  • MASI

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

  • San Silvestro

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

  • Voga

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

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  • La Colombera Colli Tortonesi DOC Timorasso Il Montino 2013

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Unlimited Pours of 7 Wines with DinnerRegister ... seven pioneering wines from Italy, Australia, Napa Valley, Alexander Valley, Santa Barbara and Stag's Leap. Read more about each wine below and watch videos about each of these wines at http://www.thecapitalgrille.com/events/the-generous-pour-wine-tasting . The Restaurant: The Capital Grille Wa... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Dinner at Capital Grille Wall...


  • I Stefanini Monte di Fice Soave Superiore Classico 2014

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    Complex aromas are nutty and earthy on the nose with notes of oak and dried peach, apricot and lemon. Nicely spiced and wooded in the mouth with restrained citrus that brightens the palate alongside fruit notes of golden berries, fresh melon and green apple with a zesty, bold finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • I Stefanini Monte de Toni Soave Classico 2015

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    Nutty and fresh in the glass with lemon notes and emollient hints of floral sweetness on the nose. This dances in the mouth with bright citrus, touches of pineapple and green apple fruit and a tart note towards the finish that plays against a hint of cream. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • I Stefanini Il Selese Soave 2015

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    Lightly spiced aromas of pear, lychee and white blossom. Juicy and full on the palate with good acidity, this is nicely balanced with white peach opening the way for tart citrus and lemon merengue at the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Stefano di Blasi IGT Toscana 2014

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    A recent Naked Wines selection. The Bottle arrived with the Cork protruding about 1/8", so not sure if this bottle is reflective of the norm.First bit of the pour into the glass is a somewhat thin Brown Ruby, but pour a bit more and the wine becomes dense and Ruby. Opens with a bit of Must (like a Leather book), Earth, and Spearmint; then Boysen... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Paolo Scavino Vino Rosso 2014

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    Wine review by tjjm


  • "Think again: Almost all the European wines are grown on land that has ... on the nuances of France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Greece, the former Yugo, as well as SA and the Antipodes.  As Fox rightly points out, costs are often cheaper (as long as those targeted by the Chinese and other arrivistes are avoided).Oops, I'll step back out of the rin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Cantine di Ora Amicone Veneto Rosso 2010

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    Deep and dark, musty raisin and berry, rich with well-balanced Tannins and Acidity and smooth long finish of more earth, fruit, and mineral. Lovely. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Masi Costrasera Amarone 2010

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    Lovely number. Loads of dark roasted fruit with spice, earth, cocoa and tobacco. Well balanced Tannins and Acidity, feels like loads of aging potential. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Being born and raised in Roma, Italia I am partial to Italian Wines...of course there's a special in my heart! But I do love nebbiola grape from Piemonte..any Barolo will do.

    Comment by 345240Lagnaf59 345240 Lagnaf59


  • Italy is beautiful country where u have everythings you need to live.

    Comment by 320126negrodelmar 320126 negrodelmar


  • filu e ferru spirits like a grappa from italy anyone sell this?

    Comment by 33170Lola1988 33170 Lola1988


  • just enjoying a lovely smooth Amarone on a Saturday night. Such a delight.

    Comment by 313021dicer 313021 dicer


  • I would love to start sampling some Italian wines but there's so many regions I don't know where to start! Any good recs? My tastes now are zin, syrah, sangiovese, pinot noir, and some whites. Thanks!

    Comment by 258078jabrn67 258078 jabrn67


  • Hi All; just had a glass (or two) of a cracking wine from Puglia. I'm new to this can anyone point me in the right direction to write a review of this wine.

    Comment by 215341Grape Friend 215341 Grape Friend


  • If anyone has had a Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico Riserva 2005 please add a review. This is one of my favorites, but to the wine's favor I was drinking it at the tasting room in Brolio when consuming and was rather new to wine drinking. I'd love to hear how some others have perceived this one.

    Comment by 130563vino83 130563 vino83


  • 2004 Brunello di Montalcino PRESALE http://www.garyswine.com/fine_wine/italy/2004_brunello.html The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino, tasted from tank, could not be more different than the 2003 in its personality and sheer class. This vibrant, aromatic Brunello possesses terrific length in its perfumed fruit with ripe, sweet tannins that are beautif...

    Comment by 125725garyswine 125725 garyswine


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