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

  • 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...

  • Mezzacorona

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

  • Tommasi

    Tommasi Viticoltori(Tommasi vintners) is a family viticulture firm founded in 1902. It is situat...

  • 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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  • Mionetto Prestige Collection Gran Rose Extra Dry NV

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    Light strawberry aromas. Chunky watermelon and strawberry flavors with a creamy texture and a hint of herb and black cherry towards the zesty finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Banfi Le Rime Toscana 2016

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    Citrus, melon and lemongrass with a slight viscosity and decent acidity make this a fun wine to drink. 86 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Livon Della Venezia Giulia IGT Braide Alte 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Wonder if places that want to short cut still put in small amounts of ... with ... ... with certain brands in Italy and Austria and Germany back at the beginning of the '80sI was thinking about that same event while I was composing the abov Read More

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  • Wonder if places that want to short cut still put in small amounts of ... with ... ... with certain brands in Italy and Austria and Germany back at the beginning of the '80s. Who's to say the Baja 'industry' might not..?I somehow had this image of your response to the Baja wine being similar to the French response to Coca Cola when it was fir... Read More

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  • Hard to beat Italy's "bang for the buck", and Chionetti's a fine producer. Found a good one there. Read More

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  • Chionetti Dolcetto Dolcetto di Dogliani Briccolero 2015

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    Very opaque beautiful dark plum color. Nose of dark fruit. On the tip of the tongue a nice burst of berry and stone fruit. That quickly diminishes and I get some very serious tannin. This, to me, makes this a grown ups wine. I might like a bit of acid to better balance the tannin, but I do like this wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Crisio Verdicchio del Castelli di Jesi Classico Reserva 2012

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    I cannot remember where I got this one from, but it is delightful, Pale yellow gold in the Glass. Opens with nutty stone fruit. Medium weight and mouthful with it seems, just the right amount of oak. Finishes with a bit of spice, bell pepper, and pear and orange rind. Quite enjoyable. Now, I just have to find it again. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Tedeschi Valpolicella Classico Lucchine 2015

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    I had at European in Derby Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Tommasi Poggio Al Tufo Toscana Rompicollo 2014

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    Some cherry and stone fruit on entry. Not a particularly complex wine, although, I have to admit it is a relatively easy wine to drink. I guess that even though nothing stands out as being great about this wine, nothing really detracts from it either. On the other hand, for less than $12, I cant be disappointed. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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