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

  • Dezzani

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

  • Fattoria Il Poggio

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

  • 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...

  • Feudi di San Gregorio

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

  • Castello del Poggio

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

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  • Freschello Rosso Vivo 2013

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    Wine review by johnnyxbar


  • That's all fine and welcome to the site! There are many fine wines that you ... make them in New Zealand, Italy, Spain, France (its home), Australia, Chile, South Africa, Hungary, Slovenia, Austria, New York, Washington, California, and elsewhere. And the good news is that they're usually on the less expensive side, even for the good ones. It c... Read More

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  • I have had a ruche wine from that producer and reviewed it for this website. I recall that I enjoyed it Read More

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  • Or just go Piedmont and Alto Adige, or just North Italy - there are lots of grapes in the region. Teroldego, Lagrein, Freisa, Vernatsch/Schiava, and Brachetto in addition to the Ruché. All those can be real nice grapes too. Freisa and Schiava are often floral and candied on the nose, Brachetto is like strawberries, and Lagrein and Teroldego are ... Read More

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  • "Went pretty well with sushi/ soy sauce, but it wasn't until coming back to the wine an hour later that I was enjoying it."No wine goes well in that context, so that combined with the further breathing of the wine meant a more pleasant experience later. Read More

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  • The idea of a separate thread for the Alto Piemonte is a good one. Would be nice to get into back stories and info about winemaking, and TN comparisons, etc., instead of just a photo of a bottle and that's it. Ideas and info that teaches are all good, too, not just a pretty picture and a buzz!  ;-) Read More

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  • So the Ruche went over pretty well. Served to some friends my wife and I had over. Loved the nose, and though I was disappointed at first it opened with some air, and became a nice and enjoyable.Throws a refreshing fragrance of fresh crannberry. Light to medium bodied on the palate, with a pleasant attack, showing more cranberry, and dark plum f... Read More

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  • Yes, you sure know how to hit the low hanging fruit! I suppose we could do another thread for Alto Piemonte and keep this for lesser appreciated Italian varietals, or those outside what is mentioned above. The thought to include alto piemonte is that they are relative rare birds on here and for most american wino's, though not for you, and also ... Read More

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  • So basically anything outside Toscana and Piemonte is fair game?Alto Piemonte ... ... and varietals across Italy. Alto Piemonte  vs. Barolo seems almost to be splitting hairs in that context. Let's look at Sicily and Sardina, Campania and Umbria, Alto Adige and Veneto (which seems nearly as mainstream as Toscana), etc. and et Read More

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  • Planning to do some exploring into Italy's other wine varietals, those without the fanfare or popularity of Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Dolcetto, etc.First up is a Ruche with a few years bottle age by Montalbera, apparently a lighter wine that was traditionally brought out for special occassions...figure this should make for a nice aperti... Read More

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