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 ...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

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

  • Dezzani

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

  • Fattoria Il Poggio

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

  • Castello del Poggio

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

  • 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,...

  • 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

  • Coppo Barbera d'Asti Riserva Della Famiglia 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by effell


  • Mauro Veglio Barbera d'Alba 2015

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    If not a life-changing experience, this is a perfectly functional wine. Pretty much what I would expect from a relatively low-dollar Italian winelight red fruit, not terribly full-bodied, somewhat tart. Easy to drink by itself or with a meal. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • La Stoppa Trebbiolo Rosso 2014

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    Here the blend is based on between 55-70 percent Barbera and 30-45 percent Croatina (known locally as Bonarda). The wines tend to be softly flavored and well rounded with distinctive cherry. This was given to me by a new friend Therese, she knows her stuff Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • Elena Walch Gewurztraminer Alto Adige 2016

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    Bright potpourri aromas with mineral lemon and blossoming flower petal notes. Medium-full bodied and silky on entry with a tart minerality and perky acidity through the mid palate, finishing with more than a touch of oak, lime and wet slate on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Cru Pignol Bressan Pignolo Venezia Giulia IGT 2003

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Piccini Chianti 2012

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    Good wine, excellent with food, good for a casual dinner. Not that complex and a little on the sour side but still fine. Read More

    Wine review by Tony Colozza


  • Roscato Rosso Dolce 2013

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    This wine was very good! Definitely for a sweeter wine drinker. I usually shy from the reds but this was truly delicious! You can smell the fruitiness and was very smooth and not bitter at all. Read More

    Wine review by DrueB


  • Poggio Bonelli Tramonto d'Oca 2010

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    Intoxicating fresh earth and savory herb aromas hide sun drenched black currant and black cherry fruit. Creamy dark chocolate and dark black cherry flavors on the palate with gripping tannins and a full rich palate of oak spice, vanilla bean and savory olive Notes. The tannins continue through to the spiced herbal finish where they continue to g... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Melini Chianti Riserva 2013

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    Light cherry and strawberry aromas with a touch of earth and earthy spice. Dry on the palate but pleasant with mixed berry notes, this is simple and approachable with a dusty finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Barone Montalto Italia Cabernet Sauvignon Nero D'Avola 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by chriscage


  • 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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