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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Sangiovese

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

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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....

  • Feudi di San Gregorio

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

  • Gaetano D'Aquino

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

  • Castello del Poggio

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

  • Villa Jolanda

    It was back in the post war period when the Santero brothers Leopoldo, Renzo, Aldo and Adelio, fo...

  • 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

  • Allegrini Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2010


    Dark, fully developed black fruit aromas of black currant, blackberry and black cherry with dusty earthiness that shows a nice fresh mushroom quality and a savory note that comes with a good dose of spice. In the mouth this blossoms with bright red fruit notes of red cherry, ripe raspberry and a touch of medicine leading the way for an incredibl... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico 2013


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    Wine review by boglebogle

  • Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico 2013


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  • Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico 2013


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    Wine review by boglebogle

  • Castello Banfi le Rime Toscana 2014


    This always drinks way above the price point and this is no exception. A little petrol, lemongrass, apple and lemongrass with a great nose and length. Juicy minerality and acidity. Drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Or just vongole bianco (a la campania) if you don't want to only think ... ... ... never had Swiss wines in Italy). I've enjoyed several reds and more whites in certain contexts, but am still hunting for those that'll knock my socks off in any situation. If we were all a mite more affluent we could do an offline in the countryside near that la... Read More

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  • You are definitely the bargain bin hunter Seahawk!Hungarian Bull's blood is ... tremendous value, along with Italy and some regions in France. Much more interesting than any Crane Lake or Leese Fitch, too.Whats your top price for special occasion wine?I notice CUNE from Spain has their 2010 Gran Reserva out now for about $28 give or take, thoug... Read More

    Forum post in the topic JUST AN INTRODUCTION

  • SEAHAWK73 - There must be dozens and dozens of good wines in $12-$20 ... ... and the Marema, all from Italy are very, very good QPR wines just off the top of my head. All are around $20 or much less. There's plenty more where those come from in my cella Read More

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  • Vissuto Terre Siciliana Italy Nero D' Avola 2014


    as most connoisseurs seem to trend towards sweetness this makes older varieties like this less palatable but not to me. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Thank You, EMARK! I last tried Lyeth several years ago and liked it. Another ... Sardinia and northeastern Italy. As Corsica is part of France, but the people are racially Italian, I felt that both their cuisine and wine might be a nice fusion of French and Italian. The hard to find wine is worthy trying, just don't go crazy trying to find the... Read More

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