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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • Feudi di San Gregorio

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

  • Bolla

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

  • MASI

    The Boscaini family have been the owners of the Masi vineyards for six generations. Sandro Boscai...

  • 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...

  • Cantina Zaccagnini

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

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  • Casanuova di Nittardi Vigna Doghessa Chianti Classico 2014

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    Earthy, mineral aromas of cranberry, cherry and strawberry are lightly floral. Approachable and pleasant, this comes with a tart cranberry vanguard followed by more earthy, tannic structure towards the finish, turning upwards right at the end with cola, blueberry and cherry notes that tail off for quite a while. Read More

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  • Villa S. Andrea Chianti Classico 2013

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    Friendly, fruity aromas of perky cherry, blueberry and allspice with some restrained earth showing on the nose. The tart muted cranberry fruit, toasted char and mineral earth on the palate is quite striking for its lack of fruit after the expansive fruit on the nose. Read More

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  • San Fabiano Calcinaia Chianti Classico 2014

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    Deep savory black currant and blackberry aromas with vanilla bean and oak spice on the nose. Dry and dusty on the palate with concentrated cherry and strawberry flavors, this has an oaken core and rough tannins that expands outwards towards a finish of herb and spice. Read More

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  • Agricola Querciabella Chianti Classico 2014

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    Ripe red fruit and clay aromas with soft earth. Licorice and zesty spice on the palate with a fresh acidity and gripping tannins, soft chocolate and cranberry, finishing with a chewy texture. Read More

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  • Castello di Verrazzano Chianti Classico 2014

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    Smoky earth and bramble fruit notes on the nose. Focused fruit notes of cranberry and cherry on the palate with a tart and earthy finish of dark chocolate and burnt toast. Read More

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  • Dievole Chianti Classico 2015

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    Clean, light aromas of cherry and potpourri. Potent spice and a bright acidity greet the palate but this is actually quite brooding in the mouth, showing good fresh spice and an earthy, herbal character towards the mid palate that's part birch bark, part oak and a smoky finish with gripping tannins. 89 pts Read More

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  • Istine Chianti Classico 2014

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    Floral cherry and violet petal notes with red licorice. A bit tart on the palate, simple but pleasant raspberry and cranberry notes and a bit of earth on the finish. Read More

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  • Casa Sola Chianti Classico 2014

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    Smoked mixed berry and moist forest floor aromas with a pleasant spice note on the nose. Easy drinking palate of fresh red berry and cherry notes, medium body, dark chocolate and mineral earth on the mid palate, with chewy tannins wringing the finish dry. Read More

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  • Riecine Chianti Classico 2014

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    A bit of heat on the nose with a pervasive, slightly inorganic note, but paired with ripe berry and fresh flower aromas. On the palate this has talcum powder and strawberry fruit with a tart acidity and cranberry on the finish. Read More

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  • Carpineto Chianti Classico 2015

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    Dark and savory aromas of blueberry and blackberry with smoky dark chocolate and mineral earth. Concentrated fruit flavors of strawberry, cherry and raspberry on the palate, with chewy tannins and black olives towards the finish. Read More

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