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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sangiovese

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

  • 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

  • Cantina Terre Del Barolo

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

  • Pescevino

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

  • Terre da Vino

    The many guests who arrive at our winery every day cannot help but notice that they are literally...

  • G.D. Vajra

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

  • Castello del Poggio

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

  • Feudi di San Gregorio

    Situated in the tiny village of Sorbo Serpico in Campania's Irpinia region, this highly acclai...

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Italy on Snooth

  • Stefano di Blasi IGT Toscana 2014

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    A recent Naked Wines selection. The Bottle arrived with the Cork protruding about 1/8", so not sure if this bottle is reflective of the norm.First bit of the pour into the glass is a somewhat thin Brown Ruby, but pour a bit more and the wine becomes dense and Ruby. Opens with a bit of Must (like a Leather book), Earth, and Spearmint; then Boysen... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Paolo Scavino Vino Rosso 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by tjjm


  • "Think again: Almost all the European wines are grown on land that has ... on the nuances of France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Greece, the former Yugo, as well as SA and the Antipodes.  As Fox rightly points out, costs are often cheaper (as long as those targeted by the Chinese and other arrivistes are avoided).Oops, I'll step back out of the rin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Cantine di Ora Amicone Veneto Rosso 2010

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    Deep and dark, musty raisin and berry, rich with well-balanced Tannins and Acidity and smooth long finish of more earth, fruit, and mineral. Lovely. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Masi Costrasera Amarone 2010

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    Lovely number. Loads of dark roasted fruit with spice, earth, cocoa and tobacco. Well balanced Tannins and Acidity, feels like loads of aging potential. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Batasiolo Dolcetto D' Alba DOC 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by FirstSecurityServices


  • Frescobaldi Castiglioni Chianti 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by FirstSecurityServices


  • Galioffo Vin Santo del Chianti DOCG 2009

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    Tried this recently while on a walking food tour in Florence, Italy, and dipped cantucci biscotti into the wine. Our tour guide told us this is a popular dessert among locals. Delicious! Read More

    Wine review by RobynLF


  • Flatiron indeed has great Italian coverage, pretty good burgundy, German, and other Europeans.They were 1 of only 2 retailers to have the 2010 Fenocchio Riserva 90 di, but quickly sold out of it. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Italy's other Grapes


  • No idea what you meant by that. ;-)Thanks for bugging Snooth about an editing function. Read More

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