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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Popular wines made in Italy under $20

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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...

  • Pinot Grigio

    History of the grape: Pinot Gris was planted in Burgundy, France as far back as the 1300s. It then spread through Eur...

  • 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

  • MASI

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

  • Cantina Terre Del Barolo

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

  • Castello del Poggio

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

  • Dezzani

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

  • Mezzacorona

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

  • Giordano

    The Family Business: Our History The Giordano family has been producing wine in Valle Talloria...

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Italy on Snooth

  • If you want to learn all there is to know about wine, you will have to live a ... ... lagrein, aglianico from Italy can all be had in very good forms for less than $25, often a lot less.  (The world's best dolcetti (the plural) are Chionetti and the Abbonas, Anna Maria being my favorite, and they are right around $20.  Really good chenin blan... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Eager to learn all about wine


  • I'm a fan of the Monsanto CCR as well--been drinking the '08 and ... ... That's the thing about Italy:  We know Chianti and other sangio wines, barbera and some others, but there's so many amazing varieties.  As the winemaking and viticulture improve, some of the less heralded grapes will start expressing themselves even better.  Gaglioppo, fr... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Italian Wine Dinner


  • Tortarossa Red Cake Rosso Toscana

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    No written review

    Wine review by Austinista


  • Traminer Sant'Elena Venezia Giulia IGT 2009

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    Really interest Italian white made from the traminer grape. Floral nose and palate with really crisp acidity, honeysuckle and flint with a really nice finish. Kind of reminds me of a good chablis with a few rose petals thrown in. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Karl, can you go into more detail about what you drink (or want to drink) from ... in eastern France, northern Italy, Austria or southern Germany (more or less in that order of incidence).Specifics on good finds in those other areas are always welcome, too.  ;-)Cheer Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Bibi Graetz "Casamatta" Toscana Rosso 2011

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    Oh wow a low-dollar winner winner. Very luscious on the tongue. Then you get some nice berry and even some stone fruit flavors. Then you get the Tuscan acid that I love so much. Interestingly enough, I don't see this a a spaghetti-with-red-sauce accompaniment. I would go with cheeses with sliced apples or pears. US$7.97 at Costco in Chino ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Cusumano Syrah Terre Siciliane IGT 2012

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    Fruity and a bit simple on the nose but with attractive blackberry, bramble, and vanilla accents gaining a late dash of cracked pepper. Ripe, lush and a bit oddly tart in the mouth, this is an easy going wine but it lacks some balance coming off as a bit raw with acid in the mouth and some dry tannins that grae on the finish. Feels both small an... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Donnafugata Sedara 2012

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    Wine review by Austinista



  • Balgera Moscato 2004

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    I Just Wanna Buy A Case! Read More

    Wine review by Wazza49


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