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...

  • 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...

  • Barbera

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

  • Sangiovese

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

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

  • Cantina Zaccagnini

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

  • Pescevino

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

  • Fattoria Il Poggio

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

  • Mezzacorona

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

  • Cantina Terre Del Barolo

    The wine cellar “Lands of the Barolo“ The “Terre del Barolo“ winery ‘s distinguished range of pro...

  • 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

  • I am a an artist who loves to travel with my wife to food and wine rich parts ... favorites are California and Italy. We are about to explore the southern part of Italy from Rome down to the Amalfi Coast this summer and I expect to grow my Italian wine selections.My art website is cornelisvanspronsen.com where you can find out more about m Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Yet, wine is, on one level, a consumer product like any other. No matter what ... itself. All over France and Italy there are very modest places producing wine of international renown. No tasting room beyond a barrel turned up in a cellar, no gift shop, just a simple farmhouse. The money mostly goes back into the wine, avoiding the price infla... Read More

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  • Brachetto d'Acqui Neirano NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Della Scala Pinot Grigio 2014

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    About $8 crisp light Pinot Grigio, elegant finish a blend of white fruit and minerality, I can see drinking this outdoors on a hot summer night, nice wine Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo


  • Masseria del Gelso Primitivo di Manduria 2011

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    This bottle was one half of a lot I bought on the website ... Apulia [part of the heel of Italy ] The primitivo grape is dark skinned and early ripening and is thought by some to have originated in ancient Greece and by others in Croatia.It is also grown in California where it is known as zinfadel.The back label of my bottle says bottled by I... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • That wine is a pretty decent wine. As to whether the wine really needed air, ... wines from CA, WA, France, Italy, Spain, and elsewhere. Eventually you might decide that they can all be very good, depending on your mood.Good luck and welcom Read More

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  • Sommariva Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore NV

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    Yes, I do like Prosecco; its friendly, approachable kind of conviviality (with a touch of edginess) reminds me of Italian landsmen. This Prosecco, however, coming as it does from the Valdobbiadene Classico region and full of dry citric flavour on the palate and lemon oil (yes, the cleaner) on the nose with plenty of effervescence - is very fine ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • ITALY YES....when...W H E N ...when they get it right......STEPHEN HARVEY...was it ANTINORI? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Time to return


  • Amour here......YEAH!!!       WELCOME BACK DEAR ... Pinot Gris / Pinot Grigio (Italy). I served a group of them some really cheap Pinot Grigio and they were asking for more.......they all got an extra bottle to take home!  It was CUTLER CREEK PINOT GRIGIO COLOMBARD! Read More

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  • Tiamo Pinot Grigio Venezia

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    White blossom and potpourri on the very floral nose. Somewhat thin and mellow in the mouth with more floral notes, some mild lemon and a demurringly tart finish that is ever so slightly creamy. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • 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...

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