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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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • 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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Italy View all

  • Cantina Terre Del Barolo

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

  • MASI

    The Boscaini family have been the owners of the Masi vineyards for six generations. Sandro Boscai...

  • Fattoria Il Poggio

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

  • G.D. Vajra

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

  • Bolla

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

  • Cantina Zaccagnini

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

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Italy on Snooth

  • C'mon, guys.  OT drinks better than 95% of all wine drinkers. ... in ... ... in Spain, or Greece or Italy.  I really don't think he's missing out on that much.So, tonight, I am drinking a Chardonnay from the tiny village of Lompoc, which has a long winemaiking tradition dating all the way back to the 20th century. This one hits my sweet spot.... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 2006

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    Initial heavy, stinky nose blows off after a few minutes. A fresh one replaces it showing some strawberry, mint, maybe, some citrus. No big blast of fruit on entry, but there is noticeable red berry hints. Very nice, not overwhelming acid. Some hints of earthiness. Fairly stiff tannin sneaks in on the back of the palate. Good wine and one ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Fontanafredda Barbera Piemonte DOC Briccotondo 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by amina316


  • Barolo Bricat Gramolere Manzone 2001

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    No written review

    Wine review by amina316


  • Boasso Barolo Gabutti 1997

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    No written review

    Wine review by amina316


  • Palladino Barolo Ber 78 1978

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    No written review

    Wine review by amina316


  • Cusumano Syrah Sicily 2012

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    Subtle notes of black pepper and root beer greet the nose along with brushy black fruits. A hint of sweetness on attack lends this roundness in the mouth and helps to fill out the fairly fruity palate. The tannins are a bit touch lending this a bit of an extracted feel and lingering dryness on the moderately long finish. This is a bit workmanlik... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • 2012 Sonoma vintage 2012 Best Zinfandel &  Pinot Noir, also Tuscany and S. Italy, Available Now.2010 Piedmont's Best, secure Barolo and Barbaresco now. North Tuscany also a must. Available soon.  worth the wait. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Notes. 2010 and 2012 Now and...


  • Risata Il Rosso 2012

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    I am in love with this red wine! Actually I love all the wines by this maker. I live in Missouri and found this wine available on vacation in Maui, HI and was so happy! Read More

    Wine review by Mdsommerville


  • Monteverdi Dolce Novella Lombardia Italy Red 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by sirmax85


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