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...

  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Mezzacorona

    Responsible for overseeing Gruppo Mezzacorona, the Mezzacorona Societa Cooperativa Agricola wa...

  • Tommasi

    Tommasi Viticoltori(Tommasi vintners) is a family viticulture firm founded in 1902. It is situat...

  • Cantina Zaccagnini

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

  • Castello del Poggio

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

  • San Silvestro

    The “Cantine San Silvestro” is located in the territory of the Commune of Novello. It mainly prod...

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Italy on Snooth

  • Berardenga Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva 2007

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    Dark in the glass. The aroma is slightly tight, a little wound. Red fruits and leather are obvious. On the palate, there is plenty of red berry fruit, medium body and a pleasant bitter black olive component. Balanced and well made. Read More

    Wine review by Baffetto de Roma


  • My favorite wine is Le Ragnaie Brunello di Montalcino - but I can't afford ... afford ... I went to Italy I visited the Banfi Winery and fell in love with their Chianti.  But I have a lot of different wines I really like.  Just wish I had more folks in my life that liked wine.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Everyone on Snooth!


  • Monferrato Casa Wallace I Rosso 2011

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    Medium bodied, bold w/ minerals, interesting and fun for summer. Nice with lite fresh foods. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • Sorry to have missed it.  I'll give y'all a full rundown on the ... the place to grow it outside Italy, although I think there are one or two spots.  I mentioned to my brother in law who has the N. Carolina wine gifts website that the Piedmont of NC may have more in common with Piedmont in Italy than we do here, and it would be interesting to ... Read More

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  • Giacomo Fenocchio Dolcetto d'Alba 2013

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    Tank sample Pretty if slightly gamy tinged berry fruit greets the nose which is surprisingly savory with gentle violet accents. On entry one finds a bright, high acid example of Dolcetto with surprisingly tough little tannins. Flavors of violets, and that gamy berry fruit of the nose gain a touch of mineral, and a little spice on the backend, al... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Giuseppe Rinaldi Dolcetto d'Alba 2013

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    Sampled out of SS tank Musky and dark on the nose with reductive funk covering a lot of the detail. Rich, supple, and yet with bright acids in the mouth this shows superb freshness and good density. Not a small wine, but rather nimble on the palate this is packed with plum and raspberry fruit all supported by super fine, ripe fruit tannins. i ex... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Oddero Dolcetto d'Alba 2012

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    Buttery and a bit bubblegummy on the nose, this is very fruity with lots of blueberry fruit and accent notes of ivy and rose petal, along with a touch of reduction. A little sweet on the nose, and then soft, slightly rich, and almost chunky in the mouth. This is a very easy going, laid back style of Dolcetto that is a bit too easy and supple for... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Massolino Dolcetto d'Alba 2012

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    To ensure a softer style they extract the grape seeds after a day and half of fermentation, then again after three days Super spicy, floral, and fruity on the nose with a black spice character hinting at licorice with a huge rush of currant fruit. Round and a bit soft in the mouth, this shows nice depth of fruit in an easy going style that lack... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Dolcetto d'Alba. Prunotto 2013

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    Bottled 20 days ago A bit candied on the nose, and a little matte smelling though with some African violet earthiness but not much and the fruit is a little bruised and cooked, Wow this has high acid on entry, bright and vibrant in the mouth with low intensity but pure and fresh flavors of raspberries and a hint of cherry fruit, that is simple b... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Cavallotto Dolcetto d'Alba Bricco Boschis Vigna Scot 2012

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    Theres a lovely herbal medicinal character on the nose here, a little nettle toned over blackberry and black plum fruit. Bright, light, very clear and precise on the palate, this is made in a rather lean and decisive style that highlights the nice blackberry palate and slightly dried meaty finish. Tiny dusty tannins add a touch of astringency o... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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