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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • Pescevino

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

  • Dezzani

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

  • Cantina Zaccagnini

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

  • Bolla

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

  • G.D. Vajra

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

  • 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

  • Renato Ratti Barolo Marcenasco Conca Barolo 2009


    Had it at Lu Nello's. Delicious!!! Read More

    Wine review by Lsavi

  • And northern California secessionists have repeatedly wanted to have Santa ... ... part of 'Central' Italy, as is Rome. Culturally and historically it's easier to add it to northern Italy if you split the country in two rather than thirds (or fourths or fifths, depending on what you do with Sicily and Sardinia). And I was thinking the Tuscan s... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Help with selecting a nice...

  • Then, if you want to break the budget, there's always the 1996 Quinterelli ... the northern part of central Italy (Tuscany) when you have a chance, Todd Read More

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  • Argiolas Turriga Isola Dei Nuraghi IGT 2009


    If this is the 25th anniversary bottle it was amazing. The appeal was similar to 100% Cabernet/ HBPeterson. 100pt. Balance and best. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin

  • Welcome to retirement Miriam.  My wife just retired a week ago and I ... ... you had at the restaurant in Ital Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • DM and JD both present a good option by getting multiple bottles.  That way in five to ten years you can open one and if it needs time, hey, you have another.  If it's awesome?  Even have another!As Greg says, cellar it appropriately.  Not in the kitchen cupboard!  :)  Read More

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  • Hello All,My name is Miriam Elizabeth Leino Eldridge.Before my retirement I ... I ... to travel annually to Italy's Piedmont region, where the company was headquartered. Naturally, I fell in love with the cuisine and the wines, and found the people very congenial. Truly one of the high points of my life! I paraphrase Elizabeth Barrett Brownin... Read More

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  • Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Chronicon D.o.c. Zaccagnini Itália Abruzzo 2005


    This is one of my favorite go to wines when serving pasta. It's rich and a little dry and pairs so well with hearty pasta or even meat dishes. Read More

    Wine review by Caligirlintpa

  • Giacomo Fenocchio makes good to great Barolo (N Italian) for about half that price.The 2011 Villero has received excellent reviews, you could buy them two bottles and still be toward the lower end of your budget, highly recommend. Read More

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  • Dvogler, I'm in Los Angeles, so sure that I can find a good wine store to stop by. The thoughts and suggestions already have been fantastic. Read More

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  • 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.

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  • 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 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...

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