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...

  • Sangiovese

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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

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

  • MASI

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

  • Dezzani

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

  • San Silvestro

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

  • Cantina Terre Del Barolo

    The wine cellar “Lands of the Barolo“ The “Terre del Barolo“ winery ‘s distinguished range of pro...

  • 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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Italy on Snooth

  • La Valentina Spelt Trebbiano d'Abruzzo 2012

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    light, with pomelo notes Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Alasia Moscato d'Asti 2014

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    One of my favorite wines! It's very delicate and fruity. Best for celebration as it has a good sparkle when you sip it. Read More

    Wine review by therain


  • Sassoregale Sangiovese 2014

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    Fine Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Vietti Nebbiolo Perbacco Langhe 2012

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    fine Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Oro Gran Selezione 2011

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    Shifting aromas of earth, mushroom and fresh red fruit, red currant and strawberry with good spice and a touch of leather. Good complexity and structure here. Cherry and strawberry fruit on the palate, a touch floral and coming with cinnamon and clove on the mid palate, some more earthy notes of black olive and chocolate on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Ruffino Riserva Ducale Chianti Classico 2012

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    Soft red fruits and mineral earth notes on the nose with a touch of violet petal and cranberry. Well developed, sun drenched raspberry and strawberry fruit with plenty of dusty earth, chewy tannins and good balance, finishing clean and light with good length and a touch of spice. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Mezzacorona Pinot Noir 2013

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    its a "sweetened" pinot thus making it hard to discern the true flavor of the grape. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Vietti Langhe Nebbiolo Perbacco 2013

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    Looking for a great and reasonable So Cal pinot they met me and enjoyed 2013 Perbacco Nebbiolo and she performed. They want to order it now in North Palm Beach. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • Azienda Agraria Scacciadiavoli Montefalco Rosso 2012

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    Dark black cherry and blackberry, spicy earth and licorice aromas on the nose. Drying and sun drenched, this is restrained and muted on the palate but over delivers on structural elements of earth, oak and tannin. Fruit is much more present on the approach with a warm blackberry and black currant mixture tailing off towards the finish which is h... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Tenute Lunelli Carapace Montefalco Sagrantino 2009

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    Dusty and dry but nicely fruited and aromatic on the nose, this brings lightly floral raspberry and strawberry notes and dark berry richness alongside mineral earth. Puckering acidity and gripping tannin greet the palate with more dark earth notes of forest floor with a bloom of ripe red cherry and strawberry towards the finish that's almost can... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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