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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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 ...

  • 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....

  • MASI

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

  • Feudi di San Gregorio

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

  • Terre da Vino

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

  • San Silvestro

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

  • Pescevino

    Pescevino is a wine produced in the Marches region of Italy, packaged in a unique, fish-shaped,...

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Italy on Snooth

  • Colonie Greche Salento Rosso San Donaci 1999

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    Drinking it in April 2015 this wine should be way too old but surprisingly it was as fresh as if it was 3-4 years old. A very good wine with lots of blackberry, caremel and toffey. A strong full bodied wine which was excellent with beef. Read More

    Wine review by LiamZurich


  • Bussola Valpolicella Ripasso 2004

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    The wine is a bright ruby color in the glass, with just the faintest hint of amber along the edges. The nose is quite nice, with earthy notes of cedar, leather and fresh herbs over concentrated fruit notes of ripe plum and raisin. The taste is sublime, with a burst of sweet cherry and anise at the outset, which transitions to some espresso and... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • I Balzini White Label Dai Colli Della Toscana Centrale IGT Rosso 1999

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    Having let this wine breathe for a couple hours, it's a bright ruby, with some darker color toward the center, and surprising clarity given its age. The nose is quite pleasant, with some ripe berry, prune and cherry notes up front, than transition to some toasted oak and smoky notes. The taste is quite nice, with some ripe cherry and cola note... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Massimo Rivetti Barbaresco Serraboella 2005

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    This wine is a deep ruby in the glass with great clarity. The nose is very ... The taste takes be back to Italy, with some wonderful flavors of anise intermingled with cherry and candied plum at the outset, which quickly transitions to some earthy mineral notes midpalate. The bright tannins support a velvety mouthfeel and an exceptionally l... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Bartenura Muscato d'Asti 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by AlBeeDee


  • Bricco Riella Muscato d'Asti 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by AlBeeDee


  • Ruffino Case Sale Chianti Classico "Aziano" 2012

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    The wine is a bright ruby color in the glass with great clarity and somewhat lighter body which is typical of Chianti. The nose exhibits notes of green herbs and tart cherries with light undertones of leather and tar. The taste is very fruit forward with notes of raspberries and plum with bright acidity that transitions to some tart cherry mid... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Ruffino DOCG Chianti 2013

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    The color is a bright ruby in the glass with great clarity. The nose is chock full of red fruit, raspberries, cherries and plum with a bit of a floral note over the top. The taste is wonderfully fruity, with some red berries and cherries up front that transition nicely to some hints of spice midpalate, The typically robust tannins complement ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Oro 2010

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    The wine is a lovely garnet hue in the glass with ruby along the edges, and great clarity. The nose is classic Chianti, with lovely aromas of blackberry, cherry and some floral aromas of violet and a hint of spice. The taste is quite nice, fruit forward with lots of cherry, plum and a bit of spice, maybe a bit of cumin. The flavors easily tra... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Ruffino Classico Chianti Riserva Ducale Tan Label 2011

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    The wine itself is a lovely garnet color in the glass with great clarity and a bit heavier appearance than the two previous wines we tasted. The nose has a definite fruity characteristic that borders on "jammy" with aromas of ripe berries and cherry compote along with some rustic earthy notes of oak and peat. The taste is very fruit forward, b... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • 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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