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...

  • Prosecco

    History of the grape: References to a lightly sparkling wine in the Veneto date back to the 1100s, but it was much sw...

  • Sangiovese

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

  • 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...

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

  • Gaetano D'Aquino

    Gaetano D’Aquino is a brand of imported Italian wines based out of California. The label is nam...

  • Castello del Poggio

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

  • G.D. Vajra

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

  • Castello di Monsanto

    Castello di Monsanto is one of the most respected estates in Tuscany and one of the top produc...

  • Dezzani

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

  • Bolla

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

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  • Sopra Sasso Amarone Della Valpolicella 2011

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Rocca Felice Langhe Rosso Arbat 2015

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    This is a blend of barbara and nebbiolo and both show through at different times. The nose is nebbiolo but is barbara on entry with sharp acidity and finishes with the classic dryness of the nebbiolo. I really like the blend, just wish it showed more fruit. The search continues. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Da Vinci Chianti 2015

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    Had it from market district Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Cavit Merlot 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by fkruis


  • Bressan Verduzzo Friulano Venezia Giulia 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Pellegrino Limoncello NV

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    Almost as good as hot sex shots. So delicious after Italian dinner Read More

    Wine review by Hotsecks


  • Franciacorta Saten Millesimato Brut Franca Contea 2011

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • G.d. Vajra Langhe Bianco Petracine 2010

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    I've known this Riesling since it was a teenager in Vergne and I have been privileged to experience it as it -- and the siblings who now make it with their parents -- grew and matured in style. I'll leave all the almonds, minerals, and other notes to the experts and just say that this is a beautiful representation of Riesling from Piemonte. It i... Read More

    Wine review by VillaArneis


  • Fertuna Lodai 2008

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    Wine review by Gustafson


  • Deltetto Spumante Rose Brut Metodo Classico NV

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    This is a lovely wine for celebrating, whether it's a celebration of a marriage, anniversary, or just getting through another day of life. It's our "house" metodo classico bubbles and rarely does a friend who tries it for the first time in our house not go out and buy some. Excellent value for money under $30 in most places and a popular sparkle... Read More

    Wine review by effell


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