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...

  • 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...

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

  • Tommasi

    Tommasi Viticoltori(Tommasi vintners) is a family viticulture firm founded in 1902. It is situat...

  • 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...

  • Cantina Terre Del Barolo

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

  • Mezzacorona

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

  • Cantina Zaccagnini

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

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  • Tenuta Castelbuono Montefalco Sagrantino 2007

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    Wine review by jared2


  • Monrosso Sangiovese Blend Chianti 2010

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    Delicious. Rich and heavy. Perfect to pair with strong flavors. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Peri Bigogno Riva Stradella Montenetto di Brescia IGT 2009

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    Grapes: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.Colour: clear, dark ruby red with some orange reflections.Perfume: pleasant perfume, persistent, clean and precise, characterised by a delicate smell of wood and spices.Taste: full and smooth, persistent with a slight taste of chocolate. Read More

    Wine review by Silvia Fantoni


  • Peri Bigogno Gobbo Montenetto di Brescia IGT 2008

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    Grapes: 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 20% Marzemino.Aging: about 36 months in large oak barrels.Colour: clear, dark ruby red with pomegranate reflections, sign of its long aging in oak barrels.Perfume: pleasant, delicate, persistent and light, with complex aromas of vanilla, cooked cherry, dry prune, walnut husk and sweet spices.Taste: war... Read More

    Wine review by Silvia Fantoni


  • Peri Bigogno Santa Giustina Montenetto di Brescia IGT 2010

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    Colour: clear, dark ruby red.Perfume: wine perfume, intense and pleasant, typical of Merlot grapes.Taste: particularly smooth thanks to the correct presence of noble tannins, with good persistence. Nicely balanced. Read More

    Wine review by Silvia Fantoni


  • Peri Bigogno Borgo Dell'Ora Montenetto di Brescia IGT 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by Silvia Fantoni


  • Peri Bigogno Borgo Dell'Ora Montenetto di Brescia IGT 2013

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    Colour: dark ruby red with some purple reflections typical of the grapes.Perfume: pleasant perfume, persistent, clean with some smell of mature red fruit, strawberry, berries, raspberry and currant.Taste: full taste, dry, warm, delicate thanks to the typical characteristic of this grape. Read More

    Wine review by Silvia Fantoni


  • Peri Bigogno Regina di Cipro Montenetto di Brescia IGT 2013

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    Grapes: 100% Chardonnay.Colour: straw coloured yellow, with light yellow reflections.Perfume: fruity perfume, intense, persistent, it reminds of fresh harvested fruit, pineapple and apricot.Taste: fresh, savoury, captivating, with some structure and persistence and a pleasant bitter aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by Silvia Fantoni


  • Peri Bigogno Rosé Vintage 2010

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    Wine review by Silvia Fantoni


  • Peri Bigogno Rosé Vintage 2010

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    Colour: clear, soft pink, very fine perlage, persistent and abundant, almost creamy thanks to its rich and important structure and long processing.Perfume: Elegant, fruity, extreme subtlety and hints of wild strawberries, currant, and grape stems. Vivid and full bouquet, rich, harmonious, persistent, with a characteristic perfume of bread crust ... Read More

    Wine review by Silvia Fantoni


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