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...

  • Sangiovese

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

  • Prosecco

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

  • 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

  • Mezzacorona

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

  • Villa Jolanda

    It was back in the post war period when the Santero brothers Leopoldo, Renzo, Aldo and Adelio, fo...

  • Bolla

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

  • Feudi di San Gregorio

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

  • Cantina Zaccagnini

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

  • Terre da Vino

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

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Italy on Snooth

  • Renieri Re di Renieri 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by Robvoltz


  • Podernuovo a Palazzone Therra 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Barbera d'Alba Tre Vigne. Vietti 2013

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    Classic italian. Fruity, bright and great with food. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Thanks PaulIts a very good summary and exactly in line from what I here in ... ... the Big 3 - France,Spain and Italy are still over 50% of global wine productionAustralia sits around the 4-5% mark and I think the US is in the 6-7%Not that long ago Gallo produced more wine than Oz in total&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Australian Wine Exports


  • This really is good, envigorating, refreshing wine. Love the Aeolians, and ... SICILY, ITALY 201     SommSelect Editorial Director David Lynch exults over the mix of fresh fruit and sea spray in this quintessential “island white.” This is a special wine from a special place.Right after I get done saying how much I like to drink Barolo during th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Scoperta Puglia Italy Falanghina 2016

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    A wonderful old world variety that should gain notoriety against some of the "newer" recent ones. this wine was just a very pleasant drinkable wine. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

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    Rich red fruit with balancing acid and enough tannin for interest. My best ever Chianti. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio 2012

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    Wine review by FFLADY


  • Bellimondi Puglia Italy Syrah 2016

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    A Syrah is always pleasant to the palate but I suspect that spending time in the oak refines the flavor. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Guicciardini Strozzi Sodole 2009

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    Popped and poured. Wine had a sour taste. Then decanted for about 45 minutes and the wine took on a different dimension. Earthy and complex with a very faint hint of sweetness in the background. Very nice medium finish. Turned out to be one of the better Super Tuscans that I have tasted. Read More

    Wine review by zinfandel1


  • 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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