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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

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

  • Bolla

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

  • Terre da Vino

    The many guests who arrive at our winery every day cannot help but notice that they are literally...

  • Castello del Poggio

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

  • Gaetano D'Aquino

    Gaetano D’Aquino is a brand of imported Italian wines based out of California. The label is nam...

  • G.D. Vajra

    Vergne, the highest village in the Commune of Barolo, with vineyards planted to nebbiolo at heigh...

  • Voga

    Voga is an Italian wine brand in the under $10 range with unique bottle shapes reminiscent of p...

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  • Just checked Cellar Tracker of my 117 bottles 47% come from Washington or ... ... 8% from California,28% from Italy and 10% from France. I have found that the best QPR is Washington or Oregon. The only exception I make is Chardonnay which in my opinion only France is worth the price&nbs Read More

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  • Tedeschi Valpolicella Lucchine 2015

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    Had at Convivio Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Santa Margherita Chianti Classico 2013

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    The color is a deep ruby red. The initial fruit forward aromas are plenty sweet. Notes such as cherry, strawberry, plum, a touch of violet, vanilla, cocoa, Sangiovese spiciness and earthy flint. Soft and smooth on the palate. The tannins are round, with a dry, warm, earthy/powdery finish. The finish is a soft, sweet cocoa finish. It's a very foo... Read More

    Wine review by sipsamplestroll


  • Castello Banfi le Rime Toscana 2014

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    Typical of Banfi's efforts with this offering. Plenty of lemongrass, petrol, citrus fruit and a silky viscosity. Good minerality and acidity to this. 87 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Sracco Moscato d'Asti 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by JJohnson910


  • Elena Walch Schiava 2014

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    Lots of light coming through the wine in the glasssuggests less than full-bodied. Slightly mushroomy nose. Lots of cherry on the tip of the tongue. Then a slight suggestion of some herbsbasil, mint. Very noticeable effervescent sensation around the edges of the tonguethat might be acid because there is acid tartness. Some bubblegum stuff goin... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Sounds good Fox!Yeah, Italy still has some relative bargains to be found. Been looking at Vajra Ravera, Cavallotto Vignolo (have to taste it against the San Giuseppe which I already have), and the Sicilian beast...Terre Nere Prephylloxera Riserva. Read More

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  • One thing about the old Barolos that Chambers sells:  Go back far enough ... vintages, esp in France and Italy.  Too much to keep track of usually.  I bought some pre-arrival '15 Bordeaux a while back, mostly as potential birth year bottles for my grand nephew, based mostly on vintage reports and early tastings by critics.  Word is pricing wil... Read More

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  • Ricasoli Brunello di Montalcino Torre Della Trappola 2011

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    Dark, brooding and smoky, this delivers loads of bright red fruit with a savory and earthy edge. In the mouth this has a bright sweet oak spice, ripe red cherry and strawberry fruit, zesty spice and fresh acidity, shifting towards blueberry and chocolate. Approachable and easy drinking. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Rocca Rubia Riserva 2012

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    Very dull almost prune color in the glass. Slight chemical note on the nose. Very little fruit on introductionmaybe the slightest suggestion of raisin but without any sugar. Lots of earthiness. Some mushroomy fungal things. No tannin to speak of and, similarly, very little acidity. An OK wine, but lack of acid makes it a bit boring. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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