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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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...

  • Villa Jolanda

    It was back in the post war period when the Santero brothers Leopoldo, Renzo, Aldo and Adelio, fo...

  • Castello del Poggio

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

  • 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...

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Italy on Snooth

  • La Spinetta Barbera d'Asti Ca di Pian 2010

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    Dark berry and tobacco flavors. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • Monte Tondo Valpolicella San Pietro 2008

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    2013 vintage - smooth with light fruit flavors and spice notes. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • Of course the Publicans, amongst others, had to answer back:"Reacting to ... ... advises 24.5, France 26, Italy 31.5 and Spain 35 units a week.“In other countries, most guidelines recognise the difference in terms of physiology and metabolism between men and women”, she added.Looks like the Chief Medical Officer's PR machine is in well-oiled m... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Turns out red wine might not...


  • Terralsole Brunello Montalcino 2007

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    Dark fruit flavors to begin and then a smokey finish. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • Badia a Coltibuono Chianti Classico 2012

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    Currently my favorite Chianti! I typically have this imported by the case. I'm not good with describing the tastes at this time but I hope to get better and come back to update my review. Read More

    Wine review by BWeed


  • Tenuta Carlina Brunello di Montalcino la Togata 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by BWeed


  • I've driven in Italy, Spain can't be any worse right?Outside Rome, I didn't see that much bad driving.  In any case, bon voyage--sounds like a great choice, and good for you for committing.Somehow, even when I go to Europe NOT intending it to be a wine trip, it still turns out that way.Report back, please--someone might want to replicate your ex... Read More

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  • So I got the ball rolling... I just paid $230 for a round trip flight ... ... Requena. I've driven in Italy, Spain can't be any worse righ Read More

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  • Lamarca Prosecco NV

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    Fizzy unoaked medium bodied wine. It is nicely dry and very drinkable. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • I'll be in Germany next week, and once I arrive I plan to drag my ... to ... to Bordeaux, or to Spain, or Italy... Literally anywhere and I'll have a full day but thats it. It will also be mid-week (Thursday) and unfortunately the middle of winter.I've been finding myself partial to the darkest of dark red, full body reds. Bobal, Touriga, Tann... Read More

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